Cows stuck on wee plateau after New Zealand earthquakes rescued

Local residents look at damage caused by an earthquake along State Highway One near the town of Ward, south of Blenheim on New Zealand's South Island.
PHOTO: Reuters

There's plenty of gloom in the wake of New Zealand's massive earthquakes on Monday and it hasn't just affected the human residents of the South Island.

These cows are were seen stranded following landslides that happened north of the town of Kaikoura, according to Newshub, and it's a mini miracle they came out unscathed.

The news outlet captured footage of what appears to be two cows and a calf stuck on a small island of grass. Poor things. Somebody please rescue them.

"That is amazing," one of the helicopter's passengers could be heard saying. And it sure is.

How are they going to get off the island, though? Surely their generous Kiwi human neighbours will find a way to pluck 'em to safety? They have the technology.

The farmer who owned the cows eventually rescued them, but there was no dramatic airlift involved. A track was built with pick and shovel by the farmer and with the help of other people, the cows are now safe.

"We dug a track with a number of people - the soil was quite soft because it had all been tipped over and bumbled around, we managed to get a track in and bring them out," the farmer told Newshub.

"They desperately needed water, cows don't like living without water so that was the first requirement, and I think one or two had lost calves in the earthquake so they were a bit distressed."

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Powerful earthquake shakes New Zealand, two killed

  • Rescuers in New Zealand on Tuesday began airlifting tourists stranded by a 7.8 earthquake that devastated parts of the South Island's rugged coast, as a navy ship headed to the stricken area to help.
  • Military helicopters started ferrying the first of 1,200 tourists trapped in the seaside town of Kaikoura, which bore the brunt of the quake that claimed two lives when it struck early Monday.
  • Officials said the US and Japanese militaries would also help the relief effort.
  • Huge landslides have cut Kaikoura's road and rail links, and police said water was running low, power was intermittent and hundreds of people were staying in evacuation shelters.
  • The town has a population of 2,000, which Prime Minister John Key said was bolstered by an extra 1,200 tourists, mostly international backpackers attracted by the area's popular whale-watching cruises.
  • Toppled shipping containers lay on their sides in the centerpoint container terminal in Wellington after a 7.8 earthquake struck the South Island on November 14th, 2016.
  • At least two people were killed and more fatalities were feared after a powerful 7.8 earthquake struck New Zealand just after midnight on November 14, Prime Minister John Key said.
  • This photo taken on November 14, 2016 shows damage to the Waiau Hotel, some 120 kms to the north of Christchurch, after a 7.8 magnitude quake hit just after midnight the night before. Rescuers in New Zealand were scrambling on November 15 to evacuate up to 1,200 tourists stranded by a 7.8 earthquake that caused "utter devastation" on the coast of the South Island.
  • A powerful earthquake rocked New Zealand on Monday killing at least two people, damaging roads and buildings, and prompting a tsunami warning that sent thousands fleeing to higher ground.
  • Emergency response teams were flying by helicopter to the region at the epicentre of the 7.8 magnitude quake, some 91 km (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch in the South Island, amid reports of injuries and collapsed buildings.
  • Hundreds of aftershocks, the strongest measuring 6.1 magnitude, continued to shake the country well into mid-morning, after the initial quake struck minutes after midnight.
  • Powerlines and telecommunications were down, and daylight revealed sizeable cracks in roads and damage to infrastructure. "It was the most significant shock I can remember in Wellington," Prime Minister John Key told reporters at a dawn news conference from the parliament's underground bunker in the capital city. "There will be quite major costs around roads and infrastructure." Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull pledged assistance.
  • The first tremor struck just 23 km (14 miles) deep, jolting many from their sleep and raising memories of the 6.3 magnitude Christchurch quake in 2011, which killed 185 people. New Zealand's Geonet measured Monday's quake at magnitude 7.5, while the US Geological Survey put it at 7.8.
  • But a tsunami warning that led to mass evacuations was downgraded after large swells hit Wellington, in the North Island, and Christchurch, the South Island's largest city.
  • New Zealand lies in the seismically active "Ring of Fire", a 40,000 km arc of volcanoes and oceanic trenches that partly encircles the Pacific Ocean. Around 90 per cent of the world's earthquakes occur within this region.
  • New Zealand Prime Minister John Key stands with acting minister for civil defence Gerry Brownlee as they listen to a question from a journalist during a media conference in Wellington, New Zealand
  • St. John Ambulance said it was sending helicopters carrying medical and rescue personnel to Kaikoura, where at least one of the casualties was found in a collapsed house. The South Island town, a popular destination for whale watching, was completely cut off and officials said there were reports of a collapsed building.
  • Kevin Heays, of Environment Canterbury in Kaikoura, told Radio New Zealand there had been a lot of damage to roads. "There are a lot of poles down," he said. "I'd say we will be without power for a long, long time. I understand that the roads north and south are out so we are pretty well isolated." Local television reported that water to the town had also been cut off. A Reuters photographer about 60 km from the town reported damage to roads, bridges and railway lines.
  • In Wellington residents caused gridlock on the roads to Mount Victoria, a hill with a lookout over the low-lying coastal city.
  • A strong new earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 rattled New Zealand's South Island on Monday, hours after a more powerful quake killed at least two people, damaged roads and buildings and sent thousands fleeing to higher ground.
  • Emergency response teams were flying by helicopter to the region at the epicentre of the original 7.8 magnitude quake, which struck just after midnight some 91 km (57 miles) northeast of Christchurch in the South Island, amid reports of injuries and collapsed buildings.
  • New Zealand's capital Wellington was a virtual ghost town with workers ordered to stay away while the city council assessed the risk to buildings. Severe weather with 140 km per hour (85 mph), gale-force winds was forecast for the area.
  • The new tremor, a 6.2 quake recorded at about 1.45 p.m. local time (0045 GMT), was the most powerful of hundreds of aftershocks in the South Pacific country. It rattled frayed nerves in an area where memories of a deadly 2011 quake are still fresh.
  • Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand's ruggedly beautiful South Island, is still recovering from the 6.3 quake in 2011, which killed 185 people.

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