Video shows stranded cows after New Zealand earthquake

NEW ZEALAND (NBC News) — Video shows three cows stranded on an island of grass in a paddock that had been ripped apart by a powerful earthquake that hit New Zealand on Monday.

Aerial footage shows the cows surrounded by huge landslides.

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake triggered landslides and a small tsunami, as well as cracking roads and homes. Two people were also killed in the quake.

Strong aftershocks continued to hit the region, rattling the nerves of residents who had little sleep after fleeing for higher grounds to avoid tsunami waves. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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