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Three die in Īnangahua earthquake

24 May 1968

Damage to roads caused by Īnangahua earthquake
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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