Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sun 05.09.10. Day 2. Damaged Streets & Buildings

Sun 05.09.10. Day 2 after Christchurch Quake. State of Emergency.

I woke at 4:30 awaiting a quake. Nothing happened, but it would be a dangerous day during the state of emergency to be out taking quake pics, as there were few barriers protecting pedestrians, like fences, shipping containers, orange, plastic, road cones & red or white, plastic, road barriers, just plastic tape - white, yellow & red tape.

Few bldgs had been inspected safe or not, & no red, yellow, or green inspection stickers were on any bldgs yet. Roads had been graded "clean" of rubble, which was heaped on pavements & roadsides, allowing traffic flow outside the CBD cordon.

Leah stayed at home, uneasy about wandering dangerous quake streets. I wanted to see things & document damage about the Christchurch I'd known for 15 years since our arrival in NZ, before it disappeared, & people started writing hearsay history about the quake.

For safety, Leah & I texted each other throughout, when I changed streets & when Leah heard a quake broadcast on radio or TV, like people shouldn't use their cell phones too much, to save cell phone tower power; or the latest aftershock & its magnitude: "Did you feel that quake?" Me: "No?" Funny, while driving or walking I never felt any aftershocks. A surreal day.

18 images, Heaton St, Severn St:


05.09.10. Quake damaged garden wall, cnr Rossall St / Glandovey Rd. Wall was repaired after 4 weeks. Pointless repairing sooner due to aftershocks. The brick wall was damaged again by the 22.02.11, mag 6.3 quake & subsequent quakes. The brick wall was repaired / rebuilt 3 x


05.09.10. Quake damaged cnr garage by fallen chimney, cnr Straven Rd / Heaton St. 5 months post quake, still no repairs due to slow insurance settlement


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Tarp on quake damaged roof, Heaton St.

Heaton St, Severn St: Christchurch had become colourful with plastic tarps placed on damaged roofs & chimneys. Competing with spring flowers, tarps were a variety of colours: blue, black, grey, green, yellow, orange, red, white... Tarps would stay on roofs, chimneys & walls for months until repairs were done.

Within a month EQC would receive claims for 17 000 quake damaged chimneys (The Press).


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St

I coolpixed damaged roofs & chimneys. During the later 6.3 magnitude quake, 22.02.11, Heaton St would be awash with liquefaction mud & water.


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, cnr Innes Rd / Papanui Rd. The chimney damaged roof was soon patched, but years later the gutter still hung skew. Insurance hassles?


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake toppled chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Wood braced, quake damaged chimney (soon demolished) Severn St

10 images, Westminster St, Madras St:


05.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Westminster St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed chimney, Westminster St

Westminster St, Madras St: I coolpixed quake damages - many tarped roofs, broken chimneys, road cracks.

Cnr Madras St / Bealey Ave: Three orange, Hi Vis vested workmen fixed a broken water pipe in a hole.

During the magnitude 6.3 quake, 22.02.11, Severn St, Westminster St, Madras St would again be damaged by liquefaction mud & flooding.


05.09.10. Quake damaged house, Madras St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed chimney, Madras St


05.09.10. Steel mesh cordon, quake damaged pavement, curb, Madras St. Liquefaction silt on pavement


05.09.10. Quake cracked pavement, Madras St


05.09.10. Quake crack across Madras St near Bealey Ave & liquefaction shoving of a concrete manhole about 10 cm above the road surface.

A series of 6 concrete manholes were shoved above Madras St, causing drivers to weave around them for a week, before workmen mounded up the manholes with tar seal, then Madras St became a rollercoaster ride.

Despite Council swiftly repairing some roads, for weeks we drove carefully over unrepaired pot holes & cracks all over Christchurch.

Three weeks post Sept 4 quake, Luke would break his collarbone skateboarding over a pavement pot hole at night.


05.09.10. Quake damage to curb, drain & road, cnr Madras St / Bealey Ave


05.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Madras St, cracked pavement & crack across road, slumping across road entering Bealey Ave. Repaired within a week. This crossing was again damaged by the 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested workmen repairing quake burst water pipe, cnr Madras St / Bealey Ave. This drain & water pipe was again damaged by the 22.02.11 quake

7 images, Bealey Ave, Packe St, Purchas St:


05.09.10. Quake toppled garden wall, Bealey Ave


05.09.10. Quake burst water pipe, cnr Packe St / Bealey Ave. Pipe repaired within days, road tar sealed by month end

Bealey Ave, Packe St, Purchas St: I coolpixed quake damages - broken garden walls, flooding, cracked roads, cracked pavements, concrete curbs pulled from pavements, liquefaction mud in gutters.

During the 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3 quake, Madras St & Bealey Ave would again be damaged by cracking, buckling, sink holes, liquefaction mud & flooding. I would drive through roadwide, silty puddles on Madras St about an hour post Feb 22 quake. On Bealey Ave, traffic would gridlock, traffic lights kaput.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Packe St pavement


05.09.10. Quake cracked Packe St


05.09.10. Liquefaction road slumping & road cracks, Packe St / Purchas St crossing


05.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Purchas St


05.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Packe St / Purchas St crossing

Barbadoes St, Lichfield St, Poplar Mews: I coolpixed quake damages - fallen roof tiles, brick walls peeled off houses, shop awnings collapsed on pavements, brick crushed cars.

7 images, Barbadoes St, Lichfield St, Poplar Mews:


05.09.10. Quake damaged old brick house wall & chimney, Barbadoes St.

Post quake, I expected old, brick bldgs to lose value, as many, old, brick structures were quake damaged. Old, unreinforced bricks & mortar were simply not quake proof.


05.09.10. Close up, quake damaged side wall & chimney, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake damaged shop & collapsed awning, cnr Barbadoes St / Armagh St. Many old shop awnings collapsed onto pavements in older Christchurch


05.09.10. Quake damaged shop, cnr Barbadoes St / Armagh St. Post quake, the shop was fenced off for weeks.

Barbadoes St would be severely cracked, buckled, holed, liquefaction mudded & flooded by the magnitude 6.3 quake, 22.02.11. Four hours after that quake, Leah & I would drive our cars in tandem from her London St school back to our Burnside rental.


05.09.10. Quake damaged cars, bricks fallen from John Burns Co roof, Lichfield St. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

On Barbadoes St, by a quake trashed shop, a pavement ad board read:

FISH &
CHIPS
OPEN

Businesses would battle to stay open in the CBD during the next few quake years.

At this early post quake stage outer police cordons were fluid. I passed DANGER KEEP OUT, white, police tape at Barbadoes St (no cops around) & walked down Lichfield St, as I wanted to check the rumour Jake had heard, that his old Poplar St flat was destroyed.

Another quake rumour: The previous night we'd heard there was a curfew, but driving along Cashmere Rd below Port Hills, long past curfew time, there was no curfew, as too many cars were driving about. We later heard the curfew was only in the CBD.


05.09.10. Quake damaged John Burns Co, Lichfield St. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. In the cop cordon, taped off Ash street & Poplar Mews (yellow door) were undamaged. A nearby Lichfield St cnr bldg was quake damaged. Poplar St bldgs were demolished after serial quake damages in 22.02.11, 13.06.11, 23.12.11 quakes

Deserted Madras St / Lichfield St crossing: I asked a cop sitting in a Fulton Hogan truck if I could walk down Madras St & coolpix Poplar St down Ash St. The cop waved me through.

It was strange walking down the middle of deserted Madras St, usually 3 lane, one way, busy traffic. I saw cops at distant crossings, thinly spread. As it was more than 24 hours after the quake emergency, soldiers were making a late entrance. While cops did guard duties at CBD crossings, criminals had a ball in the suburbs.

4 images, Madras St:


05.09.10. S view, quake cordoned Madras St to Sugarloaf, Port Hills. Cops at crossings


05.09.10. N view, quake cordoned Madras St to Latimer Sq


05.09.10. Quake damaged bldg (old stables) already cleaned up, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row. Couple of days later I walked past again, bldg was fenced off, aftershock rubble on the road. The old stable was demolished post 22.02.11 & 13.06.11 quake damages. 2018. Concrete, tilt slab flats were built on site.


05.09.10. Quake rubberneckers in the outer cop cordon, Lichfield St / Madras St crossing.

A state of emergency would evolve the next day for a week & beyond for 10 days, to quell rubberneckers & confront citizens, using fire service, Urban Search And Rescue (USAR), volunteer Civil Defence, cops, soldiers & navy personnel, while bldg inspectors checked bldgs & graded them safe or unsafe with green, yellow & red stickers.

25 images, Cashel St, Barbadoes St:


05.09.10. Rubberneckers viewing undamaged Inland Revenue building, cnr Cashel St / Madras St at cops' quake cordon


05.09.10. Quake damaged Provincial Hotel, cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Provincial Hotel, cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St: Like Provincial Hotel, many brick or stone gables on old bldgs were snapped off by the quake, leaving heaps of rubble on pavements & roads.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Provincial Hotel, cnr Cashel St / Barbadoes St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Provincial Hotel, cnr Cashel St / Barbadoes St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Within a month scaffolding would be erected by Provincial Hotel, a Titan crane would remove gables, placed on the pavement & the roof repaired. Provincial Hotel would be demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

Cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St: Old, brick, Community of the Sacred Name Convent was quake damaged - toppled chimneys, roof damage. The Convent would be serial quake damaged by later quakes & demolished post 13.06.11 quake.


05.09.10. Quake damaged old, brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing day aftershocks. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Close up, quake damaged old, brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes Street / St Asaph St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing day aftershocks. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake

On the diagonally opp cnr, another bldg was quake damaged with collapsed roof. It would be demolished within a week, but demolition debris lay on site for months. The quake damaged bldg next to it would be demolished post Boxing Day quakes.


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Back of quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Front of quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St


05.09.10. Barbadoes St, N view, quake damaged bldgs, St Asaph St crossing. Cnr bldgs demolished


12.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg demolished within a week, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Demolition debris lay at the cnr for weeks after the quake. Green bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks

Barbadoes St: Music Centre next to the RC Cathedral was quake damaged - roof damaged, gables toppled, rubbled car park. In 2009, Luke had done his Royal Schools of Music theory exam & Drum Kit exam there. After serial quake damages the Music Centre would be demolished post 13.06.11 quake.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Music Centre, Barbadoes St, where my son did his Royal Schools of Music theory exam & Trinity College London Drum Kit exam in 2009. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake rubble, Music Centre entrance, Barbadoes St. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. More damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Another quake damaged gable, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged upper roof by weeping elm, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. More damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged lower roof by weeping elm, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged turret roof by weeping elm, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Music Centre, Barbadoes Street. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake

9 images, Bealey Ave, Stanmore Rd:


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimneys (soon demolished) cnr Fitzgerald Ave / Bealey Ave

London St: I checked Leah's Jean Seabrook Memorial School (the only school for dyslexics in NZ then) undamaged by the quake, as it was a new school built with quake proof materials. We heard on the news that Christchurch schools would be closed next week.

Near Leah's school across Richmond Village Green, on Stanmore Rd pavement I watched an Indian man wearing a red turban cajoling customers into his restaurant with free snacks, as next door Sun Ning Chinese Meals bldg was quake damaged, a wall threatening to fall onto his Indian Restaurant. No customers.

From school, Friday 29.10.10, Leah would see Sun Ning bldg demolished. Sun Ning would be rebuilt.


05.09.10. Quaked damaged Sun Ning Chinese Meals, Stanmore Rd. Demolished 29.10.10, state of emergency, then rebuilt

Stanmore Rd: Richmond Methodist Church hall was quake damaged - parapet bricks toppled into the garden. A shock to Leah, as her school used the church hall. After serial quake damages, the church would be demolished post 13.06.11 quake.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Richmond Methodist Church hall, Stanmore Rd. Shocking to Leah, as her school used the church hall, which was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Close up, quake damaged Richmond Methodist Church hall, Stanmore Rd. The church hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Top of Stanmore Rd: At a plastic taped cordon, no cops in sight, a Civil Defence volunteer, wearing an orange, Hi Vis vest, directed traffic into a detour. He tried turning pedestrians away from the cordon. Two girls drove up, remonstrated with him, lifted cordon tapes & drove through. What right did he have to deny traumatised people? I smiled, waved my camera & walked through.

Beyond cordon tapes more Stanmore Rd bldgs were quake damaged, like Henry Africa's Restaurant - roof damaged, bricks peeled off side walls, debris on pavement. Henry Africa's Restaurant would soon be demolished.


05.09.10. Quake damaged blds, Stanmore Rd. Henry Africa's Restaurant right was demolished


05.09.10. Quake damaged Henry Africa's Restaurant roof (demolished) Stanmore Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged cnr of Henry Africa's Restaurant (demolished) Stanmore Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged side of Henry Africa's Restaurant (demolished) Stanmore Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged shop & Danger tape, Stanmore Rd

Cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd: Shops destroyed, brick facade peeled off, heaps of bricks on the pavement. A telecom cubicle was surrounded by fallen bricks & roof debris, but the glass cubicle was unscathed. The bldg would soon demolished & shops rebuilt.

 25 images, Barbadoes St, Edgeware Rd:


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake damaged wall fell into neighbour's garden, Barbadoes St. Six weeks later the wall was still covered by a blue tarp


05.09.10. Quake damaged bldg front, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake damaged bldg side, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake flung bricks on stream bank, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake rubble before Barbadoes St shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) by Edgeware Rd crossing


05.09.10. Quake destroyed fish & chips & hamburger shop (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Redken (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. No wonder telephone lines were jammed after Christchurch quake. Quake damaged shop (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St

Several had people tried phoning us, unsuccessfully post 04.09.10 quake. We found Facebook the best way to communicate, especially overseas.


05.09.10. Quake destroyed bldg (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Bricks from a damaged house quake flung into a neighbour's driveway, Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed chimney, Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged Hairdressing, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd

Opp cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd: Restoration shop, quake trashed, side, brick walls peeled off. Cnr bldgs were often quake damaged, already weakened by traffic vibrations for years. Restoration would soon be demolished. Within 6 weeks new foundations were laid & Restoration rebuilt.

1 image, Innes Rd:


05.09.10. Quake toppled chimney, Innes Rd

Clouds vanished, late afternoon sun shone in blue sky, so I drove home, picked up my family & rubbernecked quake damage along Barbadoes St again. My morning's coolpixing was uncrowded, but by afternoon word had spread & Barbadoes St teemed with rubberneckers.

We also looked at Oxford Tce near Kilmore St, where Jake had flatted in an old house, Avon Loop. If he'd stayed there during the quake, he would've been flooded by liquefaction silt. Lateral spreading of Avon River bank had caused the road to crack. Road cracks were so big, it was easy to plunge our limbs deep into cracks.

Post 22.02.11 quake Avon Loop would be red zoned, all houses due for demolition, incl Jake's old rental.

11 images, Oxford Tce:


05.09.10. Checking a quake crack by a fire engine, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Quake flooding by Avon River, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Quake cracked Oxford Tce & Danger tape


05.09.10. Arm in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Leg in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Foot in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Rental house in liquefaction mud, Oxford Tce

Soon student gangs would roam Christchurch streets, shovelling liquefaction silt into roadside heaps. Thousands of silt heaps on roadsides, all over Christchurch, became a feature of liquefaction damaged zones, like Bexley, Avonside, Dallington, Halswell.


05.09.10. Seated in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Heaps of shovelled liquefaction silt, Oxford Tce

Over the next 11 days all over Christchurch, I'd see 1 000s of liquefaction silt heaps shovelled from roads, pavements, gardens & houses. All praise to student leader, Sam Johnson who'd Facebook organized gangs of student silt diggers throughout Christchurch. PM Key was so impressed, he said Johnson should enter politics.


05.09.10. Quake crack, Oxford Tce, slumping Avon River bank

Haiti's January 2010 quake, 7.0 magnitude, 250 000 dead. Christchurch's September 2010 quake, 7.1 magnitude, no dead. Had Christchurch's quake struck at 16.35 in the afternoon instead of 4.35 in the morning, I'd've been looking for bodies instead of coolpixing.


05.09.10. Quake crack across Oxford Tce by Avon River

Given Christchurch quake destruction, I needed several days to coolpix. My Nikon Coolpix camera wasn't a fancy camera with huge lens, so I had to get up close & dirty, dangerously close.

What about brick dust & asbestos dust hazards from destroyed chimneys? I thought if an aftershock caught me & things started falling, I'd go for the nearest doorway & cover my head. The middle of a street was unsafe, as bricks & stones flung away from breaking bldgs. Never mind brick facades collapsing, like in Barbadoes St.

*Wandered Heaton St, Severn St, Westminster St, Madras St, Bealey Ave, Packe St, Purchas St, Barbadoes St, Lichfield St, Cashel St, Stanmore Rd, Edgeware Rd, Innes Rd, Oxford Tce. 117 images.

My Facebook comments:

@Tracey. Been a hectic last few hours. Sept 5 at 4.33 am.

@Tracey. Not much sleep. Lots of damage in random areas, thousands of houses look OK. Many garden fences broken & chimneys cracked & toppled. Some roofs damaged. Older brick bldgs near rivers were damaged, roads cracked & slumped, flood damage near rivers too. End of the day, some traffic lights were still not working, power & water were mostly reconnected. Lots of fire engines, cops & power linesmen roaming. Council roadblocks in dodgy areas too, like Bromley sewage works near Avon / Heathcote Estuary. Civil Defence refuges operating. September 5 at 5.14 am.

Night after the quake. Adrenalin still going. Leah & Luke are sleeping OK. Recent destruction images racing thru my mind kept me awake, so I Facebooked. Chch authorities condemn many crappy, old brick bldgs, demolish & rebuild safer bldgs.

Damage I saw yesterday was mainly old, brick bldgs with huge cracks, glass broken, roofs fallen, bricks popped off (often outer brick walls, metal ties useless). Mounds of rubble scattered all over Chch after clean up of properties, pavements & roads.

Heathcote & Avon Rivers are turbid & full. Lots of silt & flood damage on river roads still, some distance from rivers. Reckon pressures of river water & earthquake forced water into jelly-like swamp soil, squeezing water & silt up in odd places like low lying roads & gardens. Saw road drains sucking in tons of water near rivers during the late afternoon. September 5 at 6.27 am.

@Sun. A birthday to remember. Trust you & family survived Chch quake OK. We're brother & sister now, our lives defined - before & after Chch quake: we were there. September 7 at 10.57 am.

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