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1942 Earthquake: Eketahuna suffers

Damage to A.H. Herbert's store, Eketahuna
Badly cracked Bank of New Zealand building
Earthquake damage to the strongroom, Bank of New South Wales

Evening Post, 26 June 1942
"Although the extent of the damage done in Eketahuna is less than that in Masterton, as it is only a small township, the shock there was definitely more severe than in Masterton, reports the Chief Engineer of the Public Works Department, Mr. W. L. Newnham. 
"There are no building premises in Eketahuna that have not been badly damaged. The Post Office is unfit for occupation and has been abandoned. A temporary office has been erected. Most of the buildings in the township have been evacuated."

Source: Papers Past: Evening Post, 26 June 1942

Further reading: A night of terror - the 1942 earthquake


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1942 Earthquake: Masterton's business area badly wrecked

Evening Post, 26 June 1942


Masterton's main street was a sorry sight yesterday.

With huge piles of brick and masonry sprawling across the footpaths and roadway, shattered shop windows, and trailing high-tension lines, the condition of the mile-long thoroughfare was testimony to the intensity of the previous night's earthquake. In the residential areas householders suffered considerable damage to property, and it appears that Masterton took the main shock. Miraculously no casualties of any sort have been reported.