A powerful earthquake struck the east coast of New Zealand's South Island near Christchurch Monday, killing at least two people, on top of causing severe destruction to local buildings and roads.
The U.S. Geological Survey has put the earthquake, which struck early Monday morning New Zealand time, at 7.8 on the Richter scale, while New Zealand's GeoNet measured it at a magnitude of 7.5.
Since the earthquake took place, the country has been on high alert, with aftershocks being felt throughout the region, including a quake which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, according to GeoNet.
This isn't the first time New Zealand has been shaken up by a powerful earthquake. In 2011, Christchurch was left devastated after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake hit the city, killing 185 people.
Here are some of the scenes of devastation from the latest quake and its aftershocks.
Damage appears on the State Highway One near Ohau Point, after an earthquake struck the South Island's east coast.
Cracks emerge on a road by the waterfront in Wellington, after the powerful earthquake and aftershocks.
Following a strong aftershock, a cloud of dust appears above the Clarence River, just north of the town of Kaikoura, New Zealand.
In New Zealand's capital city, Wellington, firemen congregate between two streets.
The footpath on Wakefield Street in Wellington, New Zealand, is covered in rubble and glass after an earthquake hit the country's South Island.
On New Zealand's North Island, the city of Auckland lights up the Southern Hemisphere's tallest man-made structure, the Sky Tower, in black and white as a sign of solidarity following the quake.
Following a powerful earthquake, emergency services examine a bridge crossing the Waiau River, located in New Zealand's South Island.
New Zealand Prime Minister, John Key, speaks to local residents of Kaikoura, located on the South Island's east coast, after an earthquake struck the region.
Some 120 kilometers north of the city of Christchurch lies the town of Waiau, where several houses and businesses, including The Waiau Lodge Hotel, have been hit.
Following the earthquake, residents stand near the top of Mount Victoria, a hill found in New Zealand's capital city of Wellington.
After New Zealand was struck by an earthquake and several aftershocks, a sign saying "Tsunami warning: Turn radio on" is seen lit up above the State Highway 1 in Wellington. The tsunami alert has since been downgraded and cancelled by the Ministry of Civil Defense and Emergency Management.
In Wellington's Te Aro Park, people gather awaiting further news after being evacuated from nearby buildings.