88 years since Santa Barbara was wrecked by an earthquake
On 29 June 1925 Santa Barbara, California, was wrecked by a magnitude 6.8 Richter scale earthquake which struck at 6:42 am. Because of the time of day, casualties were surprisingly low. The worst damage was in the central commercial area.
Like Napier 6 years later, the rebuilding turned out to be a boon to the city with most rebuilding being in the Spanish Colonial Revival Style and today it is one of America's most attractive cities. Hopefully this will prove to be the case with Christchurch NZ also.