Story: Historic earthquakes

Damage further afield (1st of 2)

Damage further afield

Damage to roads was widespread on the West Coast, and took many months to repair. Taken in Greymouth, this photograph indicates the extent of the damage: Greymouth is over 100 kilometres south-west of the epicentre of the Murchison quake.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 27 September 2023)

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