‘We clutched each other for support while the shaking continued. As soon as it stopped, we ran crying all the way back to the home. This is an experience that I will never forget.’ Paul De Rungs remembers the Wairarapa earthquake of June 1942.
An earthquake is such a sudden traumatic event that it usually becomes an enduring memory. When we invited New Zealanders to send us stories of earthquakes, we were impressed at how vividly they recalled their feelings and the details of quite minor incidents.
Here is a selection of those stories of earthquakes since 1942.
What's your story?
Helen Mason was a young mother living near Carterton when the Wairarapa earthquake hit in June 1942.
In Wellington, some including Paul De Rungs believed the 1942 earthquake was the Japanese attacking.
On 24 May 1968, Lyn Taylor thought the world was coming to an end. But it was just the beginning of days of hard work for her husband Cliff.
People in Wellington were ‘all shook up’ by another quake in 1968, as Geoff Robinson recalls.
In Kawerau, an initial small shake gave Diane Brown no hint of what was to come.
Alan Brabender was driving a train across a viaduct when the locomotive seemed to go off the rails.