Saturday, October 30, 2010

Thurs 16.09.10. Day 13. Riccarton Shaken

Thurs 16.09.10. Day 13. Riccarton.

Christchurch quake state of emergency was over. I'd seen enough damaged & demolished bldgs to last a lifetime. I'd seen enough repairs & demolitions which quickly changed some areas of Christchurch. Some areas were slower in demolitions & repairs.

It was an overcast, cold morning, when I drove to Church Corner, Riccarton Rd / Yaldhurst Rd fork, to coolpix quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church. When we'd arrived in Christchurch 15 years before, we'd stayed our first weekend at Riccarton Campsite opp St Peter's Anglican Church.

The church was cordoned with red & yellow danger tapes, the east transept gable was toppled & church doors were yellow stickered.

A church door sign read:

     Dangerous.

Blocks and bricks 
         loose

Nobody to go into the 
    church without 
  permission of the 
         vicar.

Another door sign stated:

Wedding in Parish Hall.

Sunday Services also in 
     the Parish Hall.

       All welcome.

It was a good place to end my quake journey (wishful thinking) an Anglican church in Christchurch. But Facebook dialogue would continue with friends & family, as would 3 years of aftershocks.

8 images, Riccarton Rd:


16.09.10. DANGER CIVIL DEFENCE tape, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. Quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. DANGER, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. Yellow stickered St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. Gargoyles & quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. Yellow stickered door, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. Red taped door, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch


16.09.10. Church notices on door, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton Rd, Christchurch

*Wandered Riccarton Rd, Church Corner. 8 images.

I would stop coolpixing a while, as I was emotionally & physically spent. Over 13 quake days, I'd wandered 90 streets, some several times. I needed to write blog posts & edit & upload pics on my blog & Facebook.

My Facebook comments:

Today I drove down Moorhouse Ave for the first time since the quake: couple of old brick bldgs roof damaged. Containers lined the road before the old brick station clock tower, just in case... Looked at demolitions & clean ups on Riccarton Rd & St Peters Anglican Church: small gable damage, but unstable stone walls, gargoyles did well. September 16 at 10.20 am.

Luke & tech builder mates minibus toured quake damaged Lyttelton yesterday with their tutor who lives there. Discussion on damage to retaining walls, as Lyttelton is built on steep Port Hills slopes. Two days post quake, Luke & his builder boss repaired a quake damaged chimney on a Manchester St house, central Chch. September 16 at 1.37 am.

Christchurch quake state of emergency over yesterday, Wednesday. A cop & 2 NZDF soldiers sat in a car watching me for a long time while I took photos of road & garden damage near Locksley Ave by Avon River. Glad troops are gone from Chch streets. Sept 16 at 10.28 am.

Facebook friends worried that Christchurch looked like a war zone & queried the danger of looters.

Content & pics Mark JS Esslemont.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Wed 15.09.10. Day 12. Dallington Shaken

Wed 15.09.10. Day 12. State of Emergency. Dallington.

Last day of Christchurch quake state of emergency. I drove Luke to his tech lectures at Sullivan Ave, first lectures since the quake, as tech had been closed for a week post quake. I drove to St Paul's School, Gayhurst Rd, badly damaged by liquefaction, then continued to Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, to coolpix quake damage by Avon River, Dallington.

3 images, Richardson Tce, Ferry Rd:

Richardson Tce: WARNING CONTAMINATED WATER sign on wooden pole, Heathcote River bank.


15.09.10. WARNING CONTAMINATED WATER sign, Richardson Tce, Heathcote River quake state of emergency

Ferry Rd: Brick parapet & top of brick wall collapsed, hot water cylinder exposed, double storey brick bldg; orange plastic road cones, yellow crane truck, white dump truck inside steel mesh cordon.


15.09.10. Yellow crane truck, quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) Ferry Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Close up, quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) Ferry Rd, state of emergency

I drove to lower Gayhurst Rd, close to Avon River. Lower Gayhurst Rd & St Pauls School were badly liquefaction damaged, due to their closeness to Avon River & underground water.

20 images, Gayhurst Rd:


15.09.10. Liquefaction silt near St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction silt on pavement, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction silt by a Gayhurst Rd drain, St Pauls School, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction cracked St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake crack, St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake sinkhole, St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction silt & quake cracks, St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. USAR / TF sign: NO GO St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged pavement, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. DANGER KEEP OUT tape, St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged, brick gate post & liquefaction damage to St Pauls School playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction cracked pavement, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged, tape cordoned, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Yellow, Hi Vis jacketed cop & NZDF soldiers rubbernecking St Pauls School quake damaged playground, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. USAR / TF sign: NO GO DANGER, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10 Footprints in liquefaction silt, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. NO GO staff car park, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged entrance, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged garden near St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Gayhurst Rd near St Pauls School, state of emergency

Gayhurst Rd: Quake damaged St Pauls School was closed (soon demolished) but classes soon resumed at Catholic Cathedral College, Ferry Rd, which had spare facilities. The two schools stayed separate, as lesson times & breaks were staggered.

St Pauls school was fenced off, liquefaction silt everywhere, pavements cracked, playground asphalt cracked, DANGER taped & USAR / TF graffitied: NO GO. Around town, I'd seen hundreds of USAR) / TF signs on quake damaged bdgs. A cop wearing a yellow, Hi Vis jacket & 2 NZDF soldiers wandered the school carpark, rubbernecking quake cracks & quake holes.

Glenarm Tce: Parallel to Locksley Ave, following Avon River for some distance. Beautiful river views, but a horrible place to inhabit during quakes. Glenarm Tce & Locksley Ave were quake damaged, due to their closeness to Avon River waters & underground waters, causing much liquefaction damage.

Glenarm Tce, concrete curbs were cracked & slumped by riverside lateral spreading. The road was cracked & liquefactioned. Asphalt pavements & concrete driveways were cracked too. Gardens were cracked by lateral spreading.

18 images, Gayhurst Rd, Glenarm Tce:


15.09.10. Metro Bus Stop, quake damaged Gayhurst Rd, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake toppled road signs, cnr quake damaged Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake crack, Gayhurst Rd by Glenarm Tce junction, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged cnr Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged roadside, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction cracked curb, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged cnr Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged roadside, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged curb, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Closeup, liquefactioned curb slumping, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged roadside, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Close up, liquefaction damaged roadside, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged Glenarm Tce pavement, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake slumped garden, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cracked concrete garden path, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged driveway, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Parked cop car, quake damaged Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Glenarm Tce liquefaction damaged pavement, view along Locksley Ave, state of emergency

The cop & 2 NZDF soldiers, who'd earlier rubbernecked quake damaged St Paul's School, sat in their parked car & watched me coolpixing quake damaged Glenarm Tce during the last morning of the state of emergency. Taxpayers paid bums on cop seats.

Later on another cop car pulled up, then the 2 cop cars road blocked Locksley Ave beyond Glenarm Tce. I drove via McBratneys Rd (not road blocked) to Locksley Ave to coolpix more liquefaction damage & lateral spreading of Avon River banks.

Christchurch's state of emergency condoned confrontation & encouraged the worst in people: dobbing in / snitching, which cops welcomed; allowed cops & soldiers to do standover tactics like shadowing with a cop car; surveillance & questioning; confrontation; obstruction of rights of way on roads, pavements, footpaths; cordons; fencing; barriers like plastic road barriers & plastic tapes; cop / military / council vehicle barriers; harrying & harassment; most of which I would experience snapping pics over 3 quake years.

9 images, Glenarm Tce, Locksley Ave:


15.09.10. Quake damaged pavement, driveway, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged cnr Glenarm Tce / Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged driveway, cnr Glenarm Tce / Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged curb, Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Shingle for repairing quake damaged cnr Glenarm Tce / Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged cnr Locksley Ave / Glenarm Tce, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged roads & quake sink hole, cnr Glenarm Tcc / Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefactioned sink hole, cnr Glenarm Tce / Locksley Ave, state of emergency

There were already some repairs to roads & pavements along Gayhurst Rd, Glenarm Tce & Locksley Ave. Some road cracks were already tar sealed, pavements were patch repaired with asphalt, while ubiquitous, orange, plastic, road cones & white, plastic, DANGER tape cordoned repair areas. Cnr Glenarm Tce / Locksley Ave, a big sinkhole was repaired with shingle.

Locksley Ave: Badly cracked too, spalled concrete curbs, snapped concrete curbs, road & concrete curbs separated, cracked pavements, lateral spreading along Avon River banks by Kerrs Reach, leaving deep cracks & holes. Riverside concrete drains slumped towards the water. Riverside, asphalt footpath, cracked, buckled, warped. Liquefaction boils on riverbank. Liquefaction mud heaps roadside. Brick, garden wall fallen. Double storey house, gable green tarped. Brick rubble on front lawn. Blue water pipe laid on pavement. Roadside, orange, plastic, road cones as quake hazard warnings, like sinkholes, road cracks, broken curbs, broken drains, broken driveways.


15.09.10. Glenarm Tce downstream view, Avon River, state of emergency. Liquefaction damaged opp bank, Avonside Dr. The quake trashed footbridge was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

32 images, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach:


15.09.10. Quake toppled wall, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged curb, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction cracked Locksley Ave tar seal, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake warped footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cleft road, concrete curb, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Repaired driveway, liquefaction damaged roadside, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake shattered concrete curb, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged road, drain & curb, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake lateral spreading of riverbank, slumping away from footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake lateral spreading of riverbank & slumping, buckling, cracking of footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake lateral spreading of riverbank & slumping, cracking of footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction silt piles, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction damaged roadside & pavement, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged Locksley Ave house, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake damaged Locksley Ave, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cracked footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake slumped drain, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.01. Quake cracked Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Cyclist, cars. Quake cracked Locksley Ave by Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake crack, Locksley Ave by Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Liquefaction boil, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cracked, slumped riverbank, footpath, due to lateral spreading, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cracked footpath, Locksley Ave, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cracked, buckled footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency


15.09.10. Quake cracked, slumped riverbank & footpath, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency. Classic lateral spreading


15.09.10. Quake damaged footpath view, quake damaged Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach, Avon River, state of emergency. Avon Rowing Club was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake, demolished & rebuilt


15.09.10. Locksley Ave view, quake damaged Kerrs Reach rowing club houses, Avon River, state of emergency. Club houses were trashed by the 22.02.11 quake. Union Rowing Club right was razed by fire, demolished & rebuilt


15.09.10. DANGER KEEP CLEAR Avon River view of a quake sinking KERRS REACH, Union Rowing Club, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake trashing, Union Rowing Club was razed by fire, demolished & rebuilt

From Locksley Ave, I saw quake sinking of Union Rowing Club, slumping of tar seal footpath & sinking of the concrete wall by clubhouse pontoons, obscuring KERRS REACH sign on the concrete wall.

During the 22.02.11 quake, Locksley Ave & Kerrs Reach rowing club houses would experience greater quake damages. Union Rowing Club would be 22.02.11 quake trashed, later razed by fire, demolished & rebuilt. Many quake trashed houses would be red zoned & evacuated, both sides of Avon River

I drove back to Burnside via Gloucester St & Woodham Rd, detouring down Barbadoes St & Ferry Rd to coolpix Catholic Cathedral College, which would share post quake school facilities with quake damaged St Paul's School, Gayhurst Rd.

Cnr Woodham Rd / Gloucester St: Quake damaged, brick bldgs were closed for months. Fallen brick parapet, blue tarped roof. Heaps of brick rubble behind yellow, plastic taped; orange, plastic, road coned; steel mesh cordon. The 22.02.11 quake would trash the bldgs more. Why did authorities allow those old, brick bldgs to stand so long post 04.09.10 quake?

9 images, Woodham Rd, Gloucester St:


15.09.10. Fence cordoned, quake damaged Dairy, cnr Woodham Rd / Gloucester St, state of emergency. Dairy was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10. Fence cordoned, quake damaged bldgs, Gloucester St, state of emergency. Bldgs were trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10. Close up, quake damaged roof, Gloucester St, state of emergency. Bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10.  Fence cordoned, red stickered, quake damaged bldg, Gloucester St, state of emergency. Bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10. Fence cordoned, quake damaged bldg, cnr Gloucester St / Woodham Rd, state of emergency. Bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10. Fence cordoned, quake damaged Dairy, cnr Gloucester St / Woodham Rd, state of emergency. Dairy was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished

Cnr Woodham Rd / Avonside Dr: Tilted concrete garden wall, wood braced, orange, plastic tape cordoned. Fallen brick garden wall. Brick rubble in garden. Brick garden wall boarded. Road island bricks buckled, orange, plastic, road cone warning.


15.09.10. Wood braced, quake leaning, garden wall, cnr Woodham Rd / Avonside Dr, state of emergency.


15.09.10. Quake damaged & boarded garden wall, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, state of emergency


15. 09.10. Quake damaged traffic island, Woodham Rd, state of emergency

Cnr Barbadoes St / Ferry Rd: By Catholic Cathedral College car park - Music Centre of Christchurch, brick, triple storey bldg, brick gable fallen, brick rubble in school carpark, gable blue tarped. Yellow, Titan crane truck suspending crane box onto Music Centre roof for roof repairs by orange, Hi Vis vested workman.

Barbadoes St: Music Centre of Christchurch, fallen Oamaru stone parapet, fallen brick gables, blue tarped, steel mesh cordoned.

4 images, Barbadoes St:


15.09.10. Catholic Cathedral College, Ferry Rd / Barbadoes St, state of emergency. RC Cathedral behind was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake


15.09.10. Yellow, Titan crane truck suspending crane box on roof, while workmen repair quake damaged Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St, state of emergency. Bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10. Quake damaged Music Centre of Christchurch, cnr Barbadoes St / Ferry Rd, state of emergency. Bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


15.09.10. Quake damaged Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St, state of emergency. Twin towers collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. RC Cathedral was part deconstructed, stone by stone, post 22.02.11 quake: Dome was removed by crane, shipping containers propped up transept walls & the front facade, stopping more tower collapse, while traffic went by on Barbadoes St

*Wandered Richardson Tce, Ferry Rd, Gayhurst Rd, Glenarm Tce, Locksley Ave, Kerrs Reach, Woodham Rd, Gloucester St, Barbadoes St. 95 images.

My Facebook comments:

Saw quake damage at Dallington this morning: Liquefaction damage at St Pauls School car parks, pavements & Gayhurst Rd. More liquefaction damage to Glenarm Tce & Locksley Ave & footpath beside Avon River at Kerrs Reach. Two rowing club houses damaged. Cnr Gloucester St / Woodham Rd has damage to old, brick bldgs. Earthquake Commission received 50 000+ damage claims, expecting 100 000. September 15 at 3.39 pm.

@Maggie [Durban Camera Club Chairperson]. Pics will take time. Chch is in a state of organized chaos with many people homeless & traumatised. For most people who've survived the earthquake, photos are the last thing on their minds e.g. When I walked down Sydenham's Colombo St, dodging wobbly bldgs I was the only person taking pics beyond a cop & soldier cordon, no other pedestrians on the street (usually very busy) with cars slowly weaving along one "lane" Colombo St. The only other person on the street (Byron St crossing) was a rubbernecker with a dazed, 1 000 yard stare, not taking pics. I saw 2 homeless bag-men that morning trying to get into Colombo St. They turned back by a steel mesh, fence cordon when I said cops & soldiers would block their way.

When I left the fence barrier a young woman ran in fear along the way I'd come. She was sent to inspect the broken bldgs & didn't like what she saw, as she was on her own. For the first time in years I actually heard running feet, it was so quiet there. My hearing aid doesn't usually hear such quiet sounds, due to background noise.

I limited myself to a card & a half of digital pics & two rolls of film for quake pics. I've deleted crappy, digital pics along the way for want of card space, so hopefully some good pics evolve. I stuck to Canterbury Plains where the damage is, not the safer Port Hills suburbs, nor farms, nor small towns near & far from Chch, like Kaiapoi & Lyttelton (tunnel out of commission) which are considerably damaged.

After the quake I neglected domestic duties & the last 13 days including this morning, I've gone out every day, sometimes all day to take pics with some difficulty / danger, due to quake damage messing infrastructure, military cordoned roads, cracked roads, wobbly bldgs, drivers' attention elsewhere, traffic jams due to road blocks, during the state of emergency ending yesterday, Wednesday.

I'm not rushing my pic uploads, as uploading & captioning takes time. I've gone through considerable emotional & physical strain: walked many miles through dangerous areas, unstable bldgs with loose bricks, gables, parapets & roofs during aftershocks, with cops prowling & me getting scowls from cops & troops. My expenses: petrol, car wear & tear, film, film development, camera card, batteries, new battery charger.

I must edit over 1 500 pics & with time I'll upload & do captions on my Woza Wanderer blog & maybe Facebook. I haven't decided yet on order or procedure, as each pic has taken its emotional / physical / financial toll. One of Leah's teacher pals demanded copies of my copyright pics. I declined.

I've seen so much destruction in the last 2 weeks, some of the pics I took, I battle to remember where? Change was happening so fast with cordons, clean ups, demolitions & repairs, there was no time for me to take notes or jot down street names, bldg names, etc. Recall will take time. [I used a Christchurch map afterwards to jog my memory & later returned to places to double check].

Toll of an earthquake: so much widespread damage, grief & trauma, caused in an instant, with long lasting effects on those who were here. September 16 at 11.32 am.

@Andrew. Hectic alright in Christchurch. Rugby WC fever is going strong in NZ. Chch AMI Stadium survived the quake OK. Already Chch billboards are advertising WC matches & a digital clock in Cathedral Sq is advertising the RWC & countdown to RWC. September 16 at 11.14 am.

Coda:

The 22.02.11 quake would trash AMI stadium & Christchurch hospitality industry - hotels, pubs, restaurants gone - so RWC fixtures would be relocated elsewhere in NZ.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.