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Damage caused by the deadly 7.8 magnitude earthquake that hit New Zealand will cost BILLIONS to repair

  • It will cost billions of dollars to repair the roads and railways damaged by Sunday’s 7.8 magnitude quake 
  • ‘It’s just utter devastation…that’s months of work,’ Prime Minister John Key said referring to clearing debris
  • A 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Christchurch in New Zealand around midnight on Sunday
  • The massive quake killed two people, triggered a tsunami and caused extensive destruction  
  • A 6.3 magnitude aftershock hit north of Christchurch at around 1.30pm on Monday after the first quake
  • Another strong aftershock measuring 5.8 hit the Kaikoura region at about 7.45 local time on Monday
  • More than 800 aftershocks have rocked the country since the initial earthquake  
  • Do you have any photos or footage of the earthquake? Send it to brianne.tolj@mailonline.com

It will cost billions of dollars to repair the damage caused by the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake and at least 800 aftershocks that have rocked New Zealand’s South Island since Sunday.

Prime Minister John Key confirmed on Tuesday the ‘horrendous’ damage to the country’s roadways and railways in the Kaikoura area, which sits north of Christchurch and took the brunt of the earthquake’s force, will be ‘in the billions of dollars to resolve,’ according to ABC.

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‘It’s just utter devastation…that’s months of work,’ Mr Key said referring to time needed to clear the blocked roads and fallen debris.

Repairs could take years to fix the damage done by the initial earthquake, which was centred north-east of Christchurch when it struck around 12am on Sunday, causing extensive destruction, killing two people and triggering a tsunami up to five metres high.

The tremor also created fractures in major roadways such as State Highway One, brought buildings to the ground and forced frightened kiwis to flock to their local supermarkets to stock up on food, drinks and essential supplies.

Australian disaster management expert Paul Seinfort the most expensive cost will be the repairs to the railroad tunnels, several of which have caved in.

‘Tunnelling can be up to $100 million a kilometer, and it could be more costly than that because you’ve got to do a reconsolidation, and then you’ve also got to do retention. This will take years,’ Mr Seinfort, who worked on the devastating 2011 earthquake in Christchurch which killed more than 180 people, told Newshub.

It will cost billions of dollars to repair the damage caused by the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked New Zealand's South Island on Sunday, said Prime Minister John Key (pictured are residents surveying the damage caused to State Highway One, the longest major roadway in New Zealand)

t will cost billions of dollars to repair the damage caused by the massive 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked New Zealand’s South Island on Sunday, said Prime Minister John Key (pictured are residents surveying the damage caused to State Highway One, the longest major roadway in New Zealand)

The initial tremor killed two people, triggered a tsunami up to five metres high, created fractures in major roadways, brought buildings to the ground and forced frightened kiwis to flock to their local supermarkets to stock up on food, drinks and essential supplies (pictured is a state highway near Kaikoura)

The initial tremor killed two people, triggered a tsunami up to five metres high, created fractures in major roadways, brought buildings to the ground and forced frightened kiwis to flock to their local supermarkets to stock up on food, drinks and essential supplies (pictured is a state highway near Kaikoura)

Experts said the expensive cost will be the repairs to the railroad tunnels, several of which have caved in and will cost $100 million a kilometre to re-tunnel

Experts said the expensive cost will be the repairs to the railroad tunnels, several of which have caved in and will cost $100 million a kilometre to re-tunnel

Aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft took place on Monday and some tourists were evacuated

Aerial surveys by Royal New Zealand Air Force aircraft took place on Monday and some tourists were evacuated

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The inital earthquake ripped up State Highway 1 (pictured) on the east coast

The inital earthquake ripped up State Highway 1 (pictured) on the east coast

The 6.3 magnitude aftershock struck just north of where a massive 7.8 earthquake struck hours earlier. Authorities are now warning that there is a 12 per cent chance another major quake of a magnitude greater than 7.0 may strike New Zealand today

A road lies burried beneath tonnes of dirt after a mountainside collapsed along the New Zealand coast, near Kaikoura

The large landslide completely covered an extended section of the road and also caused damage to railway lines
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