Murchison and Īnangahua quakes - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Murchison and Īnangahua

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Dramatic landslides, rock falls and waterfalls are the legacy of the two massive earthquakes that hit the Buller region in the 20th century. Lives were lost at Murchison in 1929, and again at Īnangahua in 1968.

The 1929 Arthur’s Pass and Murchison earthquakes
The Mātakitaki landslide
The 1968 Īnangahua earthquake
Landslide damage, Whitecliffs
Buller valley
Upper Buller River valley

Archival audio sourced from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives. Sound files may not be reused without permission from Radio New Zealand Sound Archives (Reference number sa-d-01135-04-s01-s02-pm).

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