Story: Historic earthquakes

Napier in flames (1st of 2)

Napier in flames

Fire broke out shortly after the earthquake, and eventually destroyed most of the central business district of Napier. This photograph shows the fire at the Masonic Hotel. It was later rebuilt in the art deco style.

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MTG Hawke's Bay, Hawke's Bay Museums Trust/Ruawharo Ta-u-rangi collection
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How to cite this page:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/4561/napier-in-flames (accessed 10 December 2019)

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