Story: Historic earthquakes

Nelson College tower (2nd of 2)

Nelson College tower

Rubble from the collapsed tower of Nelson College, 90 kilometres from the earthquake’s epicentre, surrounds the school’s main entrance after the earthquake. Two boys were hurt, but in view of the severity of the shaking it is remarkable that there were not more injuries.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

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