Story: Historic earthquakes

Damaged cottage, 1888

Damaged cottage, 1888

This sketch of a cottage close to the epicentre of the earthquake is from the illustrated supplement to the Weekly Press, 14 September 1888. The original caption reads: ‘Glynn Wye, the house occupied by Mr. Thompson, a manager of the station for Messrs. A. and D. Rutherford, stands on a terrace above Kakapo Creek. The effect of the earthquake on this house can be seen by looking at this picture, most extraordinary, for while the ground floor was twisted several degrees out of the perpendicular, the upper story remained quite straight, as if nothing had happened, and received no injury save that caused by the fall of the chimney outwards.’

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Reference: Weekly Press Illustrated Supplement, 14 September 1888

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1888 North Canterbury earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2023)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017