New Zealand’s most devastating earthquake killed more than 250 people and destroyed much of Napier and Hastings in February 1931. The 7.8-magnitude quake was followed by fires which gutted central Napier. The city was rebuilt in art deco style – now a major tourist drawcard.
Listen to a Roadside Story about the quake. Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides to places around New Zealand.
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