Story: Earthquakes

Drop, cover and hold (1st of 2)

Drop, cover and hold

Many people died in the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake when they were hit by falling masonry after running outside. Today school children have regular earthquake drills, and are taught to stay inside and use the drop, cover and hold technique.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP/1991/1627-F
Photograph by Mark Coote

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Earthquakes - Living with earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 June 2024)

Story by Eileen McSaveney, published 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 1 Aug 2017