Story: Historic earthquakes

Extent of shaking, Wairarapa earthquake, 2 August 1942 (2nd of 2)

On this map, isoseismal lines show the Mercalli effects (the intensity of shaking) for the earthquake of 2 August 1942. Like the earthquake of 24 June, the shaking was felt over most of New Zealand, with highest intensity in the Wairarapa.

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Source: G. L. Downes, Atlas of isoseismal maps of New Zealand earthquakes. Lower Hutt: Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, 1995.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1942 Wairarapa earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

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