Pacific

The Latest: 9-story New Zealand building in risk of collapse

  • A freight train is trapped by landslides following an earthquake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP)

    A freight train is trapped by landslides following an earthquake on the coastline, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • A car lies on its side on Highway One following an earthquake in the area, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP)

    A car lies on its side on Highway One following an earthquake in the area, north of Kaikoura, New Zealand, Monday, Nov. 14, 2016. A powerful earthquake that rocked New Zealand on Monday triggered landslides and a small tsunami, cracked apart roads and homes and left two people dead, but largely spared the country the devastation it saw five years ago when a deadly earthquake struck the same region. (Mark Mitchell/New Zealand Herald Pool Photo via AP)  (The Associated Press)

  • An emergency worker patrols a road cordon in Wellington, New Zealand Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, after officials determined a nine-story office building, center, is in danger of collapsing following a powerful earthquake. New Zealand on Tuesday began a rescue operation involving hundreds of tourists and residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake cut off train and vehicle access. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)

    An emergency worker patrols a road cordon in Wellington, New Zealand Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016, after officials determined a nine-story office building, center, is in danger of collapsing following a powerful earthquake. New Zealand on Tuesday began a rescue operation involving hundreds of tourists and residents who remain stranded in the coastal town of Kaikoura after a powerful earthquake cut off train and vehicle access. (AP Photo/Nick Perry)  (The Associated Press)

The Latest on a strong earthquake that struck New Zealand (all times local):

7:25 p.m.

Several buildings in the center of New Zealand's capital have been evacuated and some streets cordoned off after engineers determined that a nine-story building is in danger of collapsing, two days after a powerful earthquake shook the city.

Brendan Nally, the regional commander for the New Zealand Fire Service, said engineers were completing an inspection of the downtown Wellington office building Tuesday when they found that a major vertical beam had failed above the fifth floor.

He said that "the building is at significant risk of collapse."

The inspection came after a magnitude-7.8 earthquake rattled much of the country early Monday, just after midnight.

Nally said the building was empty when the quake struck.

He said the buildings that were evacuated include the local headquarters for the Red Cross and the Thai Embassy.