Aftershocks of 6.2 magnitude have struck New Zealand early Monday morning following a powerful 7.8 earthquake.

At least two people have been killed and thousands of landslides have occured across the country, cutting off some towns from the rest of the country.

Emergency response teams flew by helicopter to the region at the epicentre of the tremor, 57 miles northeast of Christchurch.

New Zealand Prime Minister John Key told Civil Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee, according to Brownlee's Twitter account:

It's just utter devastation, I just don't know... that's months of work.

In the midst of the devastation, however, a few fortuitous cows, left stranded on a patch of earth, were spotted surrounded by disrupted earth and landslides.

The three animals were noticed by a helicopter flying near Kaikoura, the footage from which shows how astonishingly lucky they were to survive.

Watch the full video, below:

New Zealand is home to 10 million cows and 4.7 million humans.


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