Monday, October 11, 2010

Friday 10.09.10. Day 7 after Christchurch Quake. Damages & CBD State of Emergency Cordon

Friday 10.09.10. Day 7 after Christchurch Quake: some city streets, bldgs & CBD State of Emergency cordon. Most of the CBD bldgs seen were on borrowed demolition time.

State of emergency day, a red sticker day, where I got close & dirty to several quake damaged, red stickered, brick bldgs. I coolpixed bldgs at the top of Papanui Rd & its fork to Harewood Rd & Main North Rd

Images, quake damaged Papanui Rd, Harewood Rd, Main Nth Rd & MansfieldAve:


10.09.10. Quake building inspectors, Papanui Seafoods, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake notice, Papanui Seafoods, Papanui Rd, state of emergency

A hand written sign on a Papanui Rd, business window read:

WE WILL BE
CLOSED UNTIL
FURTHER NOTICE
DUE TO
EARTHQUAKE
DAMAGE
TINA & EDWARD & FAMILY


10.09.10. X NO X NO Quake damaged Egyptian Kebab House & Go Nappies, soon demolished, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake tilted, unstable brick wall, Go Nappies, soon demolished, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake cracked brick wall, Go Nappies, soon demolished, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Brick wall pulling away from useless quake reinforcement, Go Nappies, soon demolished, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake damaged brick wall, Go Nappies, soon demolished, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake damaged Egyptian Kebab House, soon demolished, Papanui Rd, state of emergency

DOWN BUT NOT OUT sign was on the demolition site fence after Egyptian Kebab House was demolished. Egyptian Kebab House relocated Down Papanui Rd close to Subway.

I felt uneasy coolpixing the old, brick bldg on Papanui Rd / Harewood Rd / Main Nth Rd fork, as busy traffic rumbled close by. The bldg's parapet was cracked, about to topple. The bldg was red stickered & green DANGER was spray-painted on the pavement. I never felt aftershocks while walking or driving around quake damaged Christchurch, & should an unstable bldg collapse, the first thing I'd know would be falling bricks.

Papanui Rd / Harewood Rd / Main Nth Rd fork bldgs stood empty, hazardous, fence cordoned for months, obstructing busy traffic. The bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Gotta ask why authorities took so long to demolish those hazardous, old, brick bldgs?


10.09.10. Quake damaged brick bldg, parapet soon demolished, cnr Harewood Rd / Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake cracked brick parapet, soon demolished, cnr Harewood Rd / Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Bldg demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. DANGER unstable quake damaged bldg, cnr Harewood Rd / Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered, quake damaged shop, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered, quake damaged shop door, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. WE ARE STILL OPEN sign by red stickered, quake damaged shop, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Signs on two Main Rd shops read:

WE ARE STILL
OPEN AT
268 WAIRAKEI RD...

COPYCAT temporarily
moved to 482a Papanui Rd
(next to Dowsons Shoes)
Ph...



10.09.10. Red stickered, quake damaged pet shop, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered, quake damaged Maharaja Indian Restaurant, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Authentic Indian Cuisine & Copycat business signs, quake damaged bldg, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake cracked bldg, despite quake reinforcement, cnr Harewood / Main Nth Rd state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Three months post quake the red stickered bldg was still fenced, empty, businesses closed or relocated. Despite thousands of vehicles passing the bldg post quake, it still looked the same as when I'd coolpixed it weeks ago. That belied opinion that heavy traffic would further damage quake damaged bldgs. Five months post quake, ditto. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.


10.09.10. Building inspectors' NO & red sticker on quake damaged shop, Harewood Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered, quake damaged Signplus, Harewood Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered, quake damaged shop, Harewood Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Red stickered bldgs stayed in limbo, no business happening, no people inside, taped or fenced off. Other quake damaged buildings showed signs of clean ups & quick repairs. Some repairs were temporary, like wooden / metal bracing against aftershocks. In places, Christchurch underwent rapid change: clean ups after the quake, repairs, demolitions, rebuilding.


10.09.10. Hi Vis vested bldg inspectors checking quake cracked outside brick wall, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Close up of quake cracked outside brick wall, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Close up of quake cracked inside brick wall, ready for re-plastering, Papanui Rd, state of emergency

I watched 3 bldg inspectors wearing Hi Vis vests & hard hats quickly check out a cracked, brick wall on a Papanui Rd shop by a car park. After they left I asked a workman if I could snap the inside wall of the shop. It was cracked right through & he re-plastered the wall, so business could continue. The first of many shoddy repairs I'd see over quake years.

Haralds, corner Papanui Rd / Wyndham St, I snapped a quake broken, tarped, brick wall with a spray-painted sign which read:

D
A
N
G
E
R

SHOP
OPEN!

Despite aftershock dangers, business owners were gung-ho about restarting business asap. Engineers were complicit in allowing businesses to restart in quake trashed, old, brick bldgs.


10.09.10. DANGER. SHOP OPEN! Quake damaged Haralds, cleaned up, cnr Wyndham St / Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Haralds was demolished & rebuilt

I drove down Papanui Rd to Merivale & parked in Mansfield Ave where I coolpixed quake damaged bldgs in Mansfield Ave & Papanui Rd, like Kudos & House of Travel. Workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests did repairs to the quake damaged roads & bldgs.


10.09.10. Quake damaged gate post lamp, Mansfield Ave, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake tilted wall, temp stabilized with plank, Mansfield Ave, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Mansfield Ave, state of emergency


10.09.10. Workmen repairing quake damaged Mansfield Ave, state of emergency


10.09.10. Hi Vis vested workman drinking beside a skip full of quake rubble, Mansfield Ave, state of emergency


10.09.10. Hi Vis vested workman sweeping Kudos quake damaged roof, cnr Mansfield Ave / Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Kudos was demolished


10.09.10. Quake damaged House of Travel, cleaned up & fenced before workmen erected scaffolding for repairs, cnr Papanui Rd / Aikmans Rd, state of emergency. After repairs, House of Travel moved across Papanui Rd & Quinns moved in.

I parked my car at Cranmer Sq, as I wanted to again walk Christchurch CBD's shrinking state of emergency cordon. The cordon was similar to the cordon I'd walked 2 days ago from Cathedral Sq along Colombo St, left into St Asaph St, left into Madras St, but along Madras St the cordon shrunk left into Lichfield St.

I wandered some of taboo Manchester St & High St for the first time since the quake a week ago. Citizens were retaking Christchurch from the military, more people walked streets like Cashel St & Cathedral Sq & there was more road traffic.

Images, quake damaged Armagh St, Durham St Nth & Worcester Blvd:


10.09.10. Workmen repairing quake damaged roof, Windsor Hotel, Armagh St, Cranmer Sq, state of emergency. Windsor Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Unstable brick house wall, wood braced against aftershocks, Armagh St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake damaged Provincial Chambers, scaffolded for repairs, cnr Durham St Nth / Gloucester St, state of emergency. 5 months post quake, scaffolding still stood, but no repairs done. Provincial Chambers was trashed by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake, then awaited repairs for years. By the end of 2015 it still awaited repairs


10.09.10. Quake damaged, brick gable, Our City, cnr Worcester Blvd / Oxford Tce, state of emergency. Our City awaited repairs post 2010-2011 quakes. By the end of 2015 it still awaited repairs


10.09.10. Quake damaged, brick Our City, cnr Worcester Blvd / Oxford Tce, state of emergency. Our City awaited repairs post 2010-2011 quakes. By the end of 2015 it still awaited repairs

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


10.09.10. Abseiling workmen checking every tile on Clarendon Tower wall for quake loosening, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce, state of emergency. Clarendon Tower was demolished post 13.06.11 quake & 23.12.11 quake swarm


10.09.10. Cathedral Sq tram, first day back in service post quake, waiting for passengers, state of emergency. Christchurch Cathedral tower collapsed in the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake. The rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. In Nov 2011 the Cathedral was deconsecrated for part demolition. Christchurch Cathedral tower was part demolished in 2012, post 23.12.11 quake swarm damage

A tram awaited passengers in Cathedral Sq for the first time post quake. No takers, but the driver drove the tram circuit, trying for normality, despite the state of emergency cordon. I was tired of seeing CBD crawling with cops, NZDF soldiers & Civil Defence. It was time citizens retook Christchurch CBD.


10.09.10. Quake fenced bldg, Chancery Ln, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Chess players back in Cathedral Sq, despite state of emergency cordon one block away. On quake morning, the 7.1 mag quake set the cathedral bells ringing. Christchurch Cathedral tower collapsed in the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake. The rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. In November 2011 the cathedral was deconsecrated for part demolition. Christchurch Cathedral tower was part demolished in 2012, post 23.12.11 quake swarm damage

Christchurch Cathedral was closed for days post quake for checking. It survived the quake due to steel rod reinforcement. If the animated TV sketch of the cathedral was true, then the cathedral twisted & shook during the quake, but held together due to the steel rods, but would soon need more reinforcement.

After Boxing Day aftershocks, scaffolding was erected inside & outside Christchurch Cathedral for stained glass window checking.

Christchurch Cathedral tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. More damage happened in 13.06.11 & 23.12.11 quakes.


10.09.10 Titan crane before Warners Hotel, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. Warners Hotel was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Novotel behind survived the 2011 quakes & was one of the first CBD hotels restored & opened for business

Cranes & repair vehicles riddled Christchurch CBD in addition to workmen, Civil Defence & state of emergency, military personnel.


10.09.10. Titan crane preparing to leave Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, all bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. Titan crane before Cathedral Sq hotels, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, all bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. The Press, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. The Press was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. An employee was killed by the 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. The Press, green stickered door, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. After Boxing Day aftershocks, The Press door was red stickered. The Press bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. An employee was killed by the 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Cop, sailor & NZDF soldiers, state of emergency cordon, behind Christchurch Cathedral, cnr Cathedral Sq / Worcester St

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


10.09.10. Cop, Cathedral Junction, Worcester St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. NZDF soldier, Cathedral Junction, Worcester St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. NZDF soldier at Cathedral Junction directing rubberneckers away from Manchester St, state of emergency cordon, Worcester St. See quake rubble behind trailer


10.09.10. NZDF soldier, sailor, cop, cnr Cathedral Sq & Worcester St, state of emergency cordon

Sailors carried authority well & like NZDF soldiers from Burnham camp looked more impressive than paunchy Civil Defence volunteers at state of emergency cordons.

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


10.09.10. Military vehicle, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency


10.09.10. Cathedral Sq south view of Colombo St, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished

Colombo St, main street, was livening up & buses were going again. During the first few days post quake buses didn't run.

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


10.09.10. Sailor & rubbernecker, Colombo St / High St junction, state of emergency cordon. Hotel Grand Chancellor left, was trashed by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Holiday Inn middle was demolished in 2012. KFC right was demolished post 23.12.11 quake swarm


10.09.10. Cop directing pedestrians at The Crossing, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. NZDF soldiers & old lady, The Crossing, Colombo St / Cashel St, eastern view, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. Colombo St traffic, The Crossing, northern view, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, excepting cnr Pagoda Court, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09. Northern zoom view from Colombo St, The Crossing to McDonald's & busy Colombo St traffic, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. Quake stressed people & NZDF soldiers, The Crossing, Cashel St / Colombo St crossing, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Colombo St, The Crossing, western view down Cashel Mall to Oxford Tce, state of emergency. Cashel Mall bldgs were damaged by the Boxing Day quake & bldgs were trashed by the 22.02.11 quake. Most were demolished. Ballantynes left survived the 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Pedestrians, cop & NZDF soldiers, The Crossing, Colombo St / Cashel St crossing, northern view, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. Quake damaged, brick bldg, Colombo St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Sailor, NZDF soldier, cop & old man, state of emergency cordon, cnr Colombo St / Lichfield St. Post 2011 quakes, the bldg was demolished


10.09.10. Quake damaged roof despite reinforcement, Colombo St, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, the bldg was demolished


10.09.10. Cop, NZDF soldier & parked military vehicle by Bean Bags & Beyond, cnr Tuam St / Colombo St, state of emergency cordon. Bean Bags & beyond was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Deserted cnr Taum St / Colombo St, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, all bldgs in the pic were demolished

Images, quake damaged St Asaph St:


10.09.10. Red stickered Theme Basics, cnr St Asaph St / Manchester St, state of emergency cordon. Pillar holes were caused by ripped off awning rods. Theme Basics was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Deserted Manchester St, northern view seen from St Asaph St crossing, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. Part demolished Manchester St bldg, NE view from St Asaph St crossing, state of emergency cordon. The demolition site became a car park. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished. Alice in Videoland, creamy bldg behind right, survived the 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs, Manchester St south view, seen from St Asaph St / Manchester St crossing, state of emergency cordon. The bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. NZDF soldier, cnr Manchester St / St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. The drawing room survived the 2010-2011 quakes


10.09.10. NZDF soldier eating lunch, Manchester St / St Asaph St crossing, north view, state of emergency cordon. Part demolished bldg behind. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished

Cordoned sections up & down Manchester St I'd just wandered past would be opened within an hour. Later in the afternoon, when I returned from High St side, Manchester St was retaken by pedestrians & traffic, despite demolition going on in Manchester St & fenced, unstable bldgs. I wasn't the only curious citizen tired of cops & NZDF soldiers ordering citizens about.


10.09.10. St Asaph St view of a digger demolishing a Manchester St bldg, state of emergency. The demolition site became a car park. Odeon Theatre flies behind. Post 2011 quakes, all bdgs in the pic were demolished


10.09.10. Sapling damaged by Theme Basics toppled parapet, with useless quake reinforcement, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Maori Man who lived in Christchurch CBD during the Sept quake & aftershocks, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. McKenzie Willis left was demolished post 2011-2011 quakes

A Maori man & I agreed the safest place for us during the early morning quake & aftershocks was in bed with our wives. He said during the first 2 hours of aftershocks his bed shimmied around his bedroom with him & his wife taken for a ride.


10.09.10. Quake damaged brick bldg, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged brick wall, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. Later aftershocks collapsed the wall above the window. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged McKenzie Willis bldg, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. McKenzie Willis was demolished post 2011-2011 quakes


10.09.10. Cnr St Asaph St / Madras St, state of emergency cordon by Christchurch Polytech. The cnr bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake, becoming a car park


10.09.10. NZDF soldiers & cop guarding deserted High St, state of emergency cordon. Seen from St Asaph St / Madras St crossing

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


10.09.10. Shipping containers & plastic barriers protecting traffic & pedestrians against aftershock collapse of Nurse Maude bldg, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Nurse Maude was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. The rest of the bldgs were demolished too, to make way for CERA's E Frame

ANOTHER aftershock while typing a caption, jolted our house, jiggled my computer screen & shook my chair, (5 mag, Geonet). That was over 5 weeks post 7.1 mag quake, 04.09.10. I reckoned we averaged an aftershock every half hour, some felt, most not.


10.09.10. Mobil petrol pumps taped, Madras St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Rubberneckers, cop & NZDF soldiers, state of emergency cordon Madras St / Tuam St crossing

Images, quake damaged Tuam St, Lichfield St & High St:


10.09.10. Crane hoisted workmen repair a quake damaged bldg, Tuam St. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Lichfield St state of emergency cordon view of undamaged Poplar St. Lichfied St quake damaged bldg toppled bricks onto a car. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Facade of quake damaged bldg, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Close up of quake damaged bldg, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Undamaged doors by quake debris, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Side of quake crushed car, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Back of quake crushed car, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Open, green stickered door, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Quake broken, taped windows, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Yellow stickered door, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Workman clearing brick chunks by a green stickered bldg, enabling a sweeper truck to sweep quake debris, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Sweeper truck sweeping quake debris, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Boys cycling over broken window glass, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Quake damaged, cleaned up Rod Hair Textiles, Lichfield St, state of emergency cordon


10.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs, High St, state of emergency


10.09.10. VOTE BOB Council election sign, High St, state of emergency

Five weeks post 7.1 mag quake Bob Parker was re-elected mayor. Bob was a media-loving leader during the quake crisis. Contender, little Jim Anderton insulted citizens by announcing before the quake that he could easily be MP & mayor simultaneously, then the quake struck & little Jim changed his tune.


10.09.10. Traffic returning to High St & Lichfield St after lifting of the state of emergency cordon in the area. Domed cnr bldg collapsed in the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & was demolished

Images, quake damaged Manchester St & Tuam St:


10.09.10. State of emergency cordon loosening in Manchester St. No traffic yet, but quake damaged bldgs from Struthers Ln to Tuam St & St Asaph St crossings. Port Hills backdrop. The bldgs. were demolished post 2011 quakes

Sections of Manchester St I wandered were cordoned an hour ago, when I'd wandered past St Asaph St / Manchester St cordon, & further up Manchester St towards Port Hills.


10.09.10. Barbers pole & quake damage, cnr Struthers Ln / Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Fenced off cnr Manchester St / Struthers Ln, state of emergency. The cnr bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. North view up Manchester St from Struthers Ln, state of emergency. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Quake damaged bldg, cnr Manchester St / Struthers Ln, state of emergency. A car was crushed in Manchester St by the fallen wall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered Chaos Collectables, cnr Manchester St / Struthers Ln, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered quake damaged shop, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

For the second time that day traffic rumbled past while I coolpixed unstable bldgs. I got that creepy feeling again. I thought if an aftershock toppled bricks, I'd make Usain Bolt look slow.

While a cop eyed me on the opposite side of Manchester St, I shuffled over brick dust (never mind asbestosis & silicosis hazard) while coolpixing the old brick bldg on Manchester St / Tuam St corner - Manchester St facade. I rounded the corner & coolpixed Tuam St facade too.

Two to three storey, old, brick bldgs, with ground floor shops, were often quake trashed. In quake damaged brick bldgs, brittle bricks & mortar were flung about, but flexible woodwork often stayed intact, like roofing, floors, furniture, window frames & doors. Christchurch CBD was full of unreinforced stone bldgs & unreinforced brick bldgs, a disaster waiting to happen, should another quake strike closer to Christchurch.


10.09.10. Quake damaged HOT SPOT long past its use by date, Manchester St, state of emergency. 2-3 storey, old, brick bldgs, with ground floor shops were often quake trashed. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. DANGER red stickered Bracken Antiques, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged facade above Bracken Antiques, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered quake damaged Smith's Book Shop & Bracken Antiques, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. After The Tannery was restored at Woolston, Smith's Book Shop relocated to The Tannery


10.09.10. Military vehicle driving by, Manchester St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Red stickered quake damaged Smith's Book Shop, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. After The Tannery was restored at Woolston, Smith's Book Shop relocated to The Tannery


10.09.10. Quake damaged Smith's Book Shop facade, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. After The Tannery was restored at Woolston, Smith's Book Shop relocated to The Tannery


10.09.10. Quake damaged Portrait Studio, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged facade above Portrait Studio, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged shops, cnr Manchester St / Tuam St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


19.09.10. Red stickered shops, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered shop, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered Chocolateria, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged facade above shops, Manchester St, state of emergency. Wall hole was caused by an awning rod ripped off the wall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

"It's a rip off!" took on new meaning after the quake, as awning rods ripped off brick columns, leaving many gaping holes in old, brick bldgs.


10.09.10. DANGER Peaches & Cream adult shop, Manchester St, state of emergency. Post quake, Peaches & Cream relocated further up Manchester St Red Light strip. Spray-painted USAR / TF graffiti on windows, walls & pavements was found all over town. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Red stickered Peaches & Cream, cnr Manchester St / Tuam St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged facade, Peaches & Cream, cnr Manchester St / Tuam St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Tuam St cnr, north view of quake damaged Manchester St, state of emergency. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Manchester St cnr, west view of quake damaged Tuam St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Peaches & Cream display window glass broken by quake, Tuam St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Peaches & cream display window glass unbroken by quake, Tuam St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. DANGER Peaches & cream display window glass unbroken by quake, Tuam St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Green stickered Real Groovy, by Peaches & Cream, Tuam St, state of emergency


10.09.10. NZDF soldiers guard cnr Manchester St / Tuam St, east view, while crane hoists workmen above quake damaged bldg, Tuam St, state of emergency cordon. Most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Digger demolishing a quake damaged bldg, Manchester St, state of emergency. Demolition site became a car park


10.09.10. Quake damaged, cleaned up Theme Basics, cnr Manchester St / St Asaph St, state of emergency. Pillar holes were caused by ripped off awning rods. Theme Basics was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Old awnings above pavements were a menace, as many old awnings collapsed during the quake, damaging old brick bldgs & messing pavements with debris.


10.09.10. Quake broken window panes, Te Wanaga O Aotearo, cnr Manchester St / High St, state of emergency. Broken windows were soon boarded up. The bldg survived the 2010-2013 quakes

A Rugby World Cup 2011 advert on a High St bldg read:

       you gotta be here
          Christchurch!

ENGLAND V ARGENTINA...


10.09.10. State of emergency Rugby WC 2011 ad on High St bldg undamaged by the quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged Manchester Courts (soon demolished) Manchester St, state of emergency cordon

Manchester Courts, heritage bldg, 104 year old brick skyscraper, was twisted & damaged by the quake. It caused Manchester St to be cordoned off for weeks, with traffic jams & nearby undamaged businesses, like Rockshop suffering losses. Kiwi thinking was slow, while heritage vs demolition arguments raged.

18.10.10. Heritage fanatics with placards protested outside the new Council offices, Worcestor Blvd:

PLEASE
RECONSIDER THE
DEMOLITION
OF MANCHESTER
COURTS

DON'T DEMOLISH
THIS PIECE OF
NZ HISTORY

Manchester Courts was already history, as the decision was made by Council & the owner to demolish the dangerous, old, brick bldg. $10 million needed for repairs & reinforcement of  Manchester Courts was crazy money. (The Press). Whining by heritage fanatics would carry on for years. Never mind financial & human costs.


10.09.10. $3.00 DRINKS + FREE PIZZA, & quake broken window panes, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Building inspectors & Boogie Nights, confusing red AND yellow stickers, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

The Earthquake Commission made excuses about aftershocks causing already inspected bldgs having to be re-inspected. Excuses by EQC would continue for years, causing hardship for those dealing with EQC. Although EQC was the govt agency set up decades ago to to deal with earthquake claims, EQC proved to be inept.


10.09.10. Quake broken The Grumpy Mole bar sign, Manchester St, state of emergency. Same sign round the corner was undamaged. 5 months post quake the damaged sign was still unrepaired. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes

Images, quake damaged Cashel St & High St:


10.09.10. NZDF soldiers leaving High St cordon, High St / Cashel St crossing, west view, state of emergency. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Workman on crane box welding the top of a quake damaged bldg, High St, state of emergency cordon. The bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Lifting High St state of emergency cordon was badly coordinated, with cordon fencing in place at High St / Colombo St / Hereford St crossing & cops / NZDF soldiers stopping citizens entering (I wandered down High St from behind & was scowled at) yet the cordon was already lifted behind them at High St / Cashel St crossing with citizens wandering Cashel St & High St & admiring surviving high rises.

I detoured round to Cashel St again via Colombo St to watch the cock up again. The military were quick to put up quake cordons around the CBD, but cops & NZDF soldiers would again prove in subsequent quakes to be amateurs when lifting cordons.

People sat on benches by Cashel St / High St crossing looking skywards at Westpac bldg. On various floors, chunks of concrete had spalled off concrete joins on Westpac, which was evacuated for 5 months post quake.

I watched a Smith crane leaving Westpac via Cashel St. By nearby Holiday Inn, I watched NZDF soldiers 6-point-turning their military vehicle, also leaving via Cashel St.

Westpac was demolished post 2010-2011 quakes.


10.09.10. Smith crane leaving Westpac quake damaged bldg, Cashel St / High St crossing, end of state of emergency cordon. Westpac bldg was evacuated for 5 months post quake. Westpac bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


10.09.10. Holiday Inn survived the quake, cnr Cashel St / High St, state of emergency. Holiday Inn was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012


10.09.10. Military vehicle withdrawing from High St / Cashel St cordon, SE view, leaving the streets to citizens & workmen, state of emergency. All bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Quake state of emergency, NZDF soldiers leaving southwards, via High St to Manchester St. All bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes. The tram lines & orange nucleus statue survived the quakes

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


10.09.10. NZDF soldiers, cop & bus, Hereford St / Colombo St, state of emergency cordon. Citizens free to walk High St at last, after a week's cordon


10.09.10. Cnr Hereford St / Colombo St, south view, state of emergency cordon. Stook statue by High St middle. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes. The Stook Statue survived the quakes

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


10.09.10. Vagrants back on their Cathedral Sq beat, near public toilets middle, state of emergency. IBM bldg left was demolished post 2011 quakes


10.09.10. Green stickered Starbucks open for business, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. Christchurch Cathedral tower collapsed in the 6.3 mag, 22.02.11 quake. The rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. In November 2011 the cathedral was deconsecrated for part demolition. Christchurch Cathedral tower was part demolished in 2012, post 23.12.11 quake swarm


10.09.10. Civil Defence volunteers crossing Cathedral Sq on their way to Civil Defence HQ / Christchurch Art Gallery, Worcester Blvd, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, BNZ right was part demolished, riddled with asbestos. Millennium Hotel left stayed empty for years. The Chalice sculpture survived the 2010-2013 quakes


10.09.10. Quake damaged Southern Encounter / Regent Theatre, Cathedral Sq, quake state of emergency. The quake damaged parapet was boarded after Boxing Day aftershocks. The dome was removed post 22.02.11 quake & stood on the road for many months behind a red zone, fence cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Images, quake damaged Worcester Blvd:


10.09.10. Antarctic explorer Scott statue, undamaged by quake, cnr Oxford Tce / Worcester Blvd, state of emergency. Scott statue was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake. Central Police behind was damaged by 2011 quakes & imploded 31.05.15. In 2012 Central Police was relocated to cnr St Asaph St & Antigua St, until permanent premises were rebuilt on a Lichfield St - Tuam St block in 2015


10.09.10. Glaziers repairing quake broken windows on green stickered Harley, cnr Worcester Blvd / Cambridge Tce, state of emergency. The glazier, glazing without safety equipment, screamed at me while I took the pic. Harley survived the 2010-2013 quakes


10.09.10. Workman stacking quake damaged chimney bricks, Worcester Blvd, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake damaged Christchurch City Council bldg, Worcester Blvd, state of emergency

The new Council bldg was opened in August, weeks before the 04.09.10 quake. Due to internal quake damage it was useless as a Civil Defence HQ, which occupied nearby Christchurch Art Gallery across Worcester Blvd. A Maori carved pole stood in front of the Council bldg. Rubberneckers optional.

Images, quake damaged Montreal St:


10.09.10. Photo shoot at Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, Montreal St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Fire Rescue HQ truck, cnr Worcester Blvd / Montreal St, by Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, state of emergency


10.09.10. Rural Fire vehicle, Montreal St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Montreal St view of Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, state of emergency

Returning to my car via Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, I coolpixed a crane hoisting old & new cisterns out of / into quake damaged Cranmer Centre. (Demolished post 22.02.11 quake).


10.09.10. Wood braced, brick gables, Cranmer Centre, Montreal St, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Hi Vis vested workman & tools, by cordon fence & road cones, Montreal St, nr Latimer Sq, state of emergency


10.09.10. Cranmer Centre Closed sign, Montreal St, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

A sign on a Cranmer Centre door read:

    CRANMER CENTRE
             CLOSED
UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE
       Contact Custodian...


10.09.10. Two gable stones toppled from Cranmer Centre, Montreal St, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Two quake damaged, brick gables, Cranmer Centre, Montreal St, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Crane removing cistern from quake damaged Cranmer Centre, cnr Montreal St / Armagh St, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Christchurch empty tram just passed Cranmer Centre, Armagh St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Crane hoisting a new cistern into quake damaged Cranmer Centre, cnr Montreal St / Armagh St, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

I drove back to Burnside via Manchester St & Sherborne St, stopping en route to coolpix quake damage.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St, Peterborough St & Sherborne St:


10.09.10. Quake toppled garden wall, soon demolished, & purple magnolia, Manchester St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Quake cracked Council bldg wall, Manchester St, state of emergency. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Yellow stickered Council bldg, Manchester St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Liquefaction damage to Peterborough St pavement, off Manchester St, state of emergency


10.09.10. DANGER NO GO to a quake damaged house, Peterborough St, state of emergency. The house was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake tilted, brick wall pulling away from a weatherboard house, Peterborough St, state of emergency. The house was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


10.09.10. Quake damaged brick wall, Peterborough St, state of emergency. 5 months post quake, the rubble still was not cleared away. The house was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Many old, stone Christchurch bldgs, like Victorian bldgs & churches, were decorated with Oamaru stone, a soft, creamy limestone, contrasting with darker stone from old Halswell Quarry. In modern homes, Oamaru stone was often used as "brick" cladding on wood & was also used for sculptures.


10.09.10. Quake damaged St Lukes Anglican Church, Manchester St, state of emergency. St Lukes was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished

In Christchurch quake, soft Oamaru stone snapped off gables & sheared off wall decorations. Examples of Oamaru stone damage: Cranmer Centre, Cranmer Sq; Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd; St Lukes Anglican Church, Manchester St; St Johns Anglican Church, Latimer Sq; Music School, Barbadoes St; St John of God, Halswell; St Josephs Catholic Church, Main Nth Rd... Since the quake, on Rossal St I drove past a collapsed garden wall - Oamaru stone. God help Oamaru if a big quake ever hit town.


10.09.10. Quake damaged St Lukes Anglican Church, Manchester St, state of emergency. St Lukes was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The wooden bell tower survived the 2011-2013 quakes


10.09.10. Workmen preparing a quake damaged chimney hole for roofing, St Lukes Anglican Church house, Kilmore St, state of emergency


10.09.10. Whores' memorial bench, St Lukes Anglican Church, Manchester St, state of emergency

On St Lukes pavement, a whores' memorial, bench plaque read:

     In memory of the women
who have worked, lived an died
  on the streets of Christchurch


10.09.10. Quake trashed house, Sherborne St, state of emergency.

At a quake trashed, Sherborne St house, brick rubble was removed & the house side boarded up, front & back. In the middle a white tarp "curtain" was hung, swaying in the breeze.


10.09.10. Quake trashed, double storey house, with useless, steel rod, quake reinforcement, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished


10.09.10. Quake trashed porch on double storey house, with useless, steel rod, quake reinforcement, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished


10.09.10. Quake trashed double storey house, with useless, steel rod, quake reinforcement, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished


10.09.10. Side of quake trashed, double storey house, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished


10.09.10. Quake crushed car by double storey house, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished

A Sherborne St, quake trashed, double storey house was red stickered, beside a crushed car. Steel reinforcement rods were useless, as bricks just shook off the reinforcement rods when walls collapsed.

02.10.10. A month later, there were more Christchurch City Council, red notices, stuck on the quake trashed, double storey house:

"Do not approach or enter this building.

This building is dangerous under section 121 & 124 of the Building Act 2004.

Using or occupying this building is an offence pursuant to S128 of the Building Act 2004..."

The red sticker was valid for 60 days, renewable by Christchurch City Council. The double storey house was demolished.

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Mark: Day 7 after quake. State of emergency cordon shrunk in the afternoon. Chch water no longer needs boiling. Kaiapoi water needs boiling. Madras St / Bealey Ave water mains repaired couple of days ago, hole filled & tar sealing complete. Fish 'n Chips sign still on Barbadoes St pavement [cnr Armagh St] debris cleared, business as usual, normality moot. September 10 at 7.13 pm.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

3 comments:

  1. I've written a Wikipedia article on Warner's Hotel: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Warner%27s_Hotel I've been looking for a photo that shows the completed Novotel and you've got one! Would you be happy to publish that photo with a licence suitable for Wikipedia? "Commons 2.0 Share Alike" is one of the licences that would work, and publishing the photo on Flickr would be an easy way to do so.
    Regards, Schwede

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  2. Schwede's arrogant demand thought it entitled him to steal my Warner Hotel pic & stick it on Wikipedia without my permission. What a moron!

    Perhaps Schwede & his lackey should endanger their lives 1000s of times in earthquakes & aftershocks to know that such quake pics were hard won & not freely given.

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  3. Warners Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

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