Earthquake causes widespread power cuts
The 7.5 magnitude earthquake centred near Hanmer Springs early this morning cut power to around 30,000 properties on Powerco's electricity network.
Regions worst affected were Taranaki (13,000), Whanganui (8,000), Manawatu (7,000) and Wairarapa (2,000).
Powerco Network Coordination Manager Dean Stevenson said restoration efforts were progressing extremely well, with just 1,800 customers without supply at 8am.
He said the earthquake had caused overhead power lines to clash, triggering supply to automatically shut off.
Each affected line needs to be physically checked by field staff before power can be turned on again.
“They have done an amazing job at getting the power back on quickly and safely,” Mr Stevenson said. “Our efforts are now on restoring supply to the remaining customers.”
There have been reports of a small number of lines coming down across the network. People must stay well clear of lines and call Powerco’s emergency number on 0800 272 727.
Powerco’s power cut webpage has up-to-date information. Customers should contact their electricity retailers to report faults.