Following the devastating 2010 and 2011 Canterbury earthquakes, in which many historic buildings were destroyed or damaged, local authorities became more wary of earthquake-prone buildings in their districts. One response was to demolish the most hazardous buildings. Masterton District Council took this approach with the town's 114-year-old opera house, which it considered too weak to survive a moderate earthquake.
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