Kōrero: Historic earthquakes

The Mātakitaki valley today (2 o 2)

The Mātakitaki valley today

Over 70 years later, the huge landslide that destroyed the Morel homestead is still obvious in the Mātakitaki valley. The rough, hummocky topography of the landslide is too difficult to clear for farming. The slip blocked the Mātakaitaki River, and a lake extended almost 5 kilometres upstream until a flood in the 1930s, when the river carved a new path through the landslide.

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Reference: CN46448/25
Photograph by Lloyd Homer

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Te tuhi tohutoro mō tēnei whārangi:

Eileen McSaveney, 'Historic earthquakes - The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/mi/photograph/4502/the-matakitaki-valley-today (accessed 22 January 2020)

He kōrero nā Eileen McSaveney, i tāngia i te 12 Jun 2006, reviewed & revised 28 Mar 2011, updated 1 Nov 2017