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The Mātakitaki landslide (1st of 2)

The Mātakitaki landslide

The upper storey was all that remained of the Morel homestead in the Mātakitaki valley, after it was overwhelmed by a landslide. Charles Morel and his wife ran ahead of the landslide – a moving slurry of water, clay, rocks and the wreckage of their house – but they tripped and fell. Charles Morel died, but his wife was found near the edge of the slip and rescued by a neighbour.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 11 December 2023)

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