Insane photos show bitumen uprooted from quake-ravaged Kaikoura road

Destruction caused by a mammoth earthquake which struck just after midnight is continuing to emerge, particularly around Kaikoura.

Slip on State Highway 1 near Kaikoura
Slip on State Highway 1 near Kaikoura Source: Twitter: Marlborough Emergency

Incredible photos posted to social media reveal the extent of the damage to main roads which have left Kaikoura isolated.

An earthquake damaged road near Kaikoura.
An earthquake damaged road near Kaikoura. Source: Twitter - Daniel Bullen.

This photo posted to Twitter by Daniel Bullen shows the Kaikoura road completely uprooted.

Kaikoura is currently cut-off as huge slips have blocked State Highway One.

State Highway 1 near Kaikoura damaged
State Highway 1 near Kaikoura damaged Source: Twitter: @Viralpoet

Huge crevasse in Kaikoura road
Huge crevasse in Kaikoura road Source: Wetherells Transport

Road destroyed in Kaikoura by earthquake
Road destroyed in Kaikoura by earthquake Source: Wetherells Transport

Roads are closed throughout New Zealand following this morning's 7.5 magnitude earthquake and subsequent aftershocks. Read on for the latest major closures. 

STATE HIGHWAY 1

Blenheim to Kaikoura

Picton to Blenheim

Debris from a cliff face lie on a road near Rotherham in Canterbury after the quake.
Debris from a cliff face lie on a road near Rotherham in Canterbury after the quake. Source: 1 NEWS

Cracked road near Culverden, Canterbury
Cracked road near Culverden, Canterbury Source: 1 NEWS

A road wrecked by the earthquake near Waiau in Canterbury.
A road wrecked by the earthquake near Waiau in Canterbury. Source: 1 NEWS

Kaikoura to Waipara

STATE HIGHWAY 7

Waitara to Springs Junction

STATE HIGHWAY 7A

Hanmer Springs to Tekoa Range

NZTA will keep you up to date on cautions and closures.

Major road closures as of 6.45am, November 14
Major road closures as of 6.45am, November 14 Source: NZTA