Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 8:35 AM ET

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

National Audio 8:35 AM ET

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National Audio 8:35 AM ET

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NAT059 - (New Zealand-Earthquake) WELLINGTON, New Zealand. x-15s. The first American warship to visit New Zealand in more than 30 years is changing course to help evacuate people isolated by an earthquake in the coastal township of Kaikoura (ky-KOOR'-ah). The U-S-S Sampson had been due to sail into Auckland tomorrow as part of 75th anniversary celebrations for the New Zealand navy. Nick Perry reports a vast number of tourists and residents remain stranded in the town. ("..people by helicopter.") (SOURCE: The Associated Press)

TAG: The magnitude-7.8 quake that struck New Zealand's South Island early yesterday morning local time left two people dead and triggered a small tsunami. It also brought down rocks and mud that swept across highways and cracked apart roads. …

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