Three die in Īnangahua earthquake

24 May 1968

Damage to roads caused by Īnangahua earthquake (GNS Science)

The magnitude 7.1 earthquake was centred near Īnangahua Junction, a small community 40 km east of Westport. It struck at 5.24 a.m., shaking many people from their beds.

At Whitecliffs a limestone bluff collapsed onto a farmhouse, killing one woman occupant and fatally injuring another. Shortly after the earthquake a motorist was killed near Greymouth when his car hit a section of road that had subsided at a bridge approach. Three men were killed later when a rescue helicopter crashed.

See Simon Nathan's 'Experiencing the Īnangahua Earthquake':

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