Story: Historic earthquakes

The hazards of rescue work

The hazards of rescue work

This man is emerging from the wreckage of a collapsed building after searching for survivors. Continuing aftershocks made such efforts dangerous and some rescuers were killed or injured as more buildings collapsed.

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Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 June 2022)

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