Nayland College is among many of the schools closed and not holding NCEA exams today. Photo: Brittany Spencer.

Nelson schools closed after earthquake


As Nelson wakes from its heaviest earthquake in many years, the region appears to have escaped the worst of the damage, but it has been announced that all schools will be closed for the day.

A “severe” 7.5 earthquake centred 15km north east of Culverden shook the country, including Nelson where many said it was the strongest earthquake they’ve ever felt. There have been more than 100 aftershocks so far.

There is widespread damage across the country, including at least one fatality in Kaikoura.

Power was cut to most of Nelson immediately after the quake but was restored within an hour.

The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools and early childhood education centres in Nelson and Tasman will be closed until assessments of the buildings are done. Once they are given the all clear, schools may open again today.

NMIT has announced that it also be closed today.

Fresh Choice Nelson owner Mark A’Court posted photos to social media showing damage at the supermarket, including smashed wine bottles.

A tsunami threat for Tasman Bay was lifted at around 6am.