Eighty four years ago today, the 3rd February 1931 at 10.46am a 7.8 magnitude stuck Napier. It lasted two and a half minutes. There would be 525 after shocks in the following fortnight. 258 people died in the Hawkes Bay. Hospitals, railways, gas lines, roads and buildings were destroyed. The land area was pushed up out of the sea. A royal navy boat the HMS Veronica came to the rescue. The years following saw the rebuilt of Napier. These days Napier is the Art Deco Capital of New Zealand.
photos from Percy Caz Sorrell