Extremely heavy rains that struck North Island, New Zealand over the past week have caused a huge landslide in Waikato District.
According to media reports, the entire hillside in Waikato moved on Sunday, March 12, 2017, after the region saw between 180 and 220 mm (7 – 8.6 inches) of rainfall in a matter of days. That's double its monthly average for March.
Homeowners said a crack started to form on the neighboring land and the earth began to move in front of their eyes. "I just couldn't believe what I was seeing. I was fixated," Ms. Schwass told NewsHub.
"The crack just seemed to be dropping and dropping and I yelled for my husband to come," she said.
"In slow motion, it just came rushing down the hill, took out the pine trees at the bottom. My eyes were popping out."
The landslip has caused a dam in the natural waterway at the bottom of their property, hampering drainage.
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Images of the landslide can be found, here.
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