Got these via a Trade Me auction just recently. These images have appeared in publications before now -- but even so, and after all the years since February 3, 1931, they have still not lost their emotive power.
The Hawke's Bay Earthquake was magnitude 7.8, with 256 casualties and thousands injured. In comparison, Christchurch's 22 February 2011 earthquake was magnitude 6.3, with 185 casualties. Like San Francisco in 1906, fire in Napier was a factor in the destruction and loss of life.