LASTED HALF A MINUTE
WELLINGTON TOWN HALL
MR HOGBEN'S OBSERVATIONS
(Per Press Association.)
WELLINGTON, February 9. Sunday's earthquake seems to have been felt most severely on the eastern side of the city. Many articles in private bouses were shaken down, though no' serious damage happened. Clocks stopped very generally and tne old destructor chimney swayed considerably. In the Hutt Valley the shake was very pronounced. The ground moved in waves according to some accounts. Mr G. Hogben, Inspector-General of Schdols, who has made a special study of seismology, informed a reporter thai the premonitory tremor came at 11.33 a.m. and lasted eight seconds, followed by vibrations and escalations which extended over some 20. seconds, so that the whole earthquake may be said to have covered a period of fully : half a minute, : There \M&rf>' additional:'. sliglvi shocks lasl evening ..and during the itfght, but nothing to be compared with tihe main '#isitation/. > ■
"-■",'• The building, wtfich appears to have been most; severely damaged; was the Town Hall. The municipal organ was badly shaken, and was not, fit for playing this morning, but ithe city'organist says there is ho structural injury to the organ. The ceilings of the Mayor's room and several other i-ooms, and also that of the main corridor on the first floor, all showed numerous cracks gaping .through the plaster. The city library in Mercer. Street, which in Ihe 1904 earthquake suffered as severely as any building in Wellington, came out of yesterday's ordeal without a scratch, so to speak. , The strengthening of the walls and foundations after the last shake enabled +hr building to stand the test splendidly.
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THE EARTHQUAKE., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914
THE EARTHQUAKE. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIII, Issue 8790, 10 February 1914
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