Story: Historic earthquakes

Roadside Stories: Hawke's Bay's big shake

New Zealand’s most devastating earthquake killed more than 250 and destroyed Napier and Hastings in February 1931. The 7.8-magnitude quake was followed by fires which gutted central Napier. The city was rebuilt in art deco style – now a major tourist drawcard.

Listen to a Roadside Story about the quake. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/interactive/35291/roadside-stories-hawkes-bays-big-shake (accessed 27 June 2019)

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