Descent into Disaster: The 1931 Hawkes Bay Earthquake
Gary McCormick's mother, just five years old, was nearly killed in the 1931 Hawkes Bay Earthquake. After living through the Christchurch quake, Gary wanted to know more about the devastation, the heroic rescues and the terrible death toll from what is still New Zealand's deadliest Earthquake.
It demolished most of Napier. Much of what was still standing was then destroyed by fire. With water supplies cut by the quake, firefighters could only stand and watch as the city burned. This documentary, an episode of the series Descent into Disaster, tells some of tragic and deeply personal stories of victims and survivors of the Hawkes Bay Earthquake. 2013