13 Nov 2012

The Day the Earth Shifted in 1855

From the collecton When the Siren Goes - audio

On 23rd February 1855, a magnitude 8.2 earthquake - the most powerful ever recorded in New Zealand - rocked the southern part of the North Island. In this documentary, Jack Perkins explores what happened through the reading of archival letters and journals, field recording, and interviews with historical and scientific experts. The documentary provides a vivid glimpse of what it must have been like at the time, and reflects on what its implications are for us today. It includes a recording of a 100-year-old woman recalling her memory of the event when she was aged five. NRP0435, broadcast Sun 2 Jul 2006 (Sound Archives reference)