28 November 2008

Hawkes Bay Earthquake

Today's photo is a quirky one although I doubt the inhabitants of these houses thought so at the time!


  • Subject: Houses after an earthquake
  • Date: After 3 Feb 1931
  • Photographer: W Harris
  • Found: Helensville

The 1931 Hawke's Bay earthquake, also known as the Napier earthquake, occurred in New Zealand at 10:47 am on Tuesday 3 February 1931, killing 256 and devastating the Hawke's Bay region. Centred 15 km north of Napier, it lasted for two and a half minutes and was estimated to have measured about 7.8 on the Richter scale, and 7.9 on the modern Richter Scale. The earthquake struck with a massive upthrust, and half a minute later came a huge resettling. There were 525 aftershocks recorded in the following two weeks. The main shock could be felt in much of the lower half of the North Island.

It came with the programme from the 50th Anniversary Commemorative Service, an interesting piece of the history of NZ.

napier-earthquake-prog1 napier-earthquake-prog3sm



Not sure if it is W or V Harris, nothing found on him/her.

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