OnFebruary 3, 1931 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake shocked the towns of Hawkes Bay, Napier and Hastings. It was 20Km north-west of Napier 256 people died. Itstarted as a violent shock at 10:48am and a second shock soon after rocked Hawkes Bay for nearly 3 minutes and nearly all hit towns turned to large clouds of dust making it hard for people to breathe.
Afterthe earthquake the regional GDP (Gross Domestic Product) in New Zealand dropped by 45%. Soon after tourists started to go to Napier to look at the damage, even though the Great Depression was still happening.
What?- A 7.8 earthquake hit Hawkes Bay and surrounding areas. When?- February 3 1931 10:48am Why?- Because the tectonic plates moved and created an earthquake
A tanker at sea felt the vibration and the captain and his crew looked over toward Napier to see the once loved city engulfed by a massive cloud of dust. He set course toward Napier to find out what happened. To his dismay he found the city had fallen into mother natures hands
Or you could look it up yourself :Phttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BqnfbZ9F9o