There were ceremonies today (3 February) to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the great Napier earthquake in New Zealand. It struck on 3 February 1931, almost completely destroying Napier and devastating the surrounding district of Hawke’s Bay. It also resulted in a Napier rebuilt almost entirely in the Art Deco style of the 1930s, a feature which is now a significant tourist drawcard of the city.
Tokyo is apparently paying its respects by having five earthquakes this afternoon.
So I see. Hawke’s Bay felt a tremor today as well.
All the more so because the worldwide Depression made any new buildings a rarity in that era and style.