Incredibly confronting photos have emerged showing the devastating aftermath of the New Zealand coastline after it was hit by a 7.8 magnitude earthquake around midnight Sunday.  The aerial photos shared by Environmental and Engineering Consultants Tonkin and Taylor detail the enormity of the damage caused north of Kaikoura, on the south island.

The photos reveal the seabed uplifted an estimated two to two-and-a-half metres out of the sea and above ground level on the foreshore. The areas which appear purple in colour are the uplifted earth, Tonkin and Taylor said. The photos were posted to Twitter on Tuesday afternoon and have since been shared and liked more than 1000 times. In more eye-opening photos, the direct impact to sea-life following the earthquake can be seen. FULL REPORT