Story: Marlborough region

Marlborough earthquake, 1848

The Marlborough earthquake of 16 October 1848 was felt throughout much of central New Zealand. The limited number of inhabitants at the quake’s epicentre – on the shore of Cloudy Bay – meant no one died in Marlborough, but the ground shaking was very strong and chimneys collapsed. In Wellington, three people were killed.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Geology and landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 21 May 2022)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Nov 2016