75th anniversary of the Napier earthquake

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.

Thanks for this, Cunctator. More info on the quake here and here.

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.