Story: Historic earthquakes

John Chambers building, Jervois Quay

John Chambers building, Jervois Quay

In Wellington one of the most widespread effects of the August 1942 earthquake was broken windows. In the John Chambers building, most of the windows in the upper storeys were broken, while those at ground level remained intact.

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Alexander Turnbull Library, Dominion Post Collection (PAColl-7327)
Reference: EP-Science-Earthquakes 1940s and 1950s-01

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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1942 Wairarapa earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 24 March 2018)

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