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Earthquake scenes around Westport & Buller Gorge (?) during Murchison earthquake 1929.
Scenes of the aftermath of the Murchison earthquake. Includes shots of the hospital, twisted railway lines and the Westport Post Office ruins. Seventeen people were killed in the Murchison earthquake. If the earthquake had occurred in a more populated area it could have been New Zealand’s biggest ever natural disaster.

0 ft. E.L.S. Gorge (? Buller Gorge).
9 ft. W.S. Gorge - road along edge.
17 ft. View down gorge from road.
23 ft. W.s. Bridge across gorge & river.
29 ft. W.S. car on road before bridge.
31 ft. Pan across rocks to car on road.
38 ft. Blank.
44 ft. Cliff, with car at bottom, woman walking along road.
55 ft. View of valley, train coming along.
66 ft. Train in yard-electric.
79 ft. L.S. Woman gets into car.
86 ft. View of valley, car going along road.
102 ft. W.S. House (mountain hut).
108 ft. View of mountains.
115 ft. View of valley.
125 ft. M.W.S. Building - damage.
132 ft. L.S. Rail tracks deformed.
138 ft. L.S. Telegraph poles leaning over in water.
141 ft. W.S. then on top of building 'Te Aro House' broken pediment, throwing bricks into street below.
150 ft. Westport Post Office - corner of building collapsed.
160 ft. View of bow of boat & rigging.
224 f t. End.

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Year 1929

Reference number F8372

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image

Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Genre Actuality

Duration 0:02:29

Production company L Inkster

Credits Camera: Lawrie Inkster

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