Sunday, October 3, 2010

Monday 06.09.10. Day 3 after Christchurch Quake. State of Emergency

Monday 06.09.10. Day 3 after Christchurch Quake: CBD State of Emergency cordon.

Lovely, sunny, state of emergency day, when I looked at quake damage on Papanui Rd, near where Luke worked on a building site at Naseby St. Quake damaged shops were taped off & some quake damaged bldgs were starting to be fenced off with temporary fencing.

I also walked the CBD state of emergency cordon, where Burnham troops guarded crossings with cops & Civil Defence.

After dropping Luke off at Naseby St, I parked at the end of Rugby St & looked at quake damaged Merivale shopping area, Papanui Rd. By Merivale shops, the Chinese Methodist Church was quake damaged, rubble strewn around bldgs & damaged steeple. A church van parked by the church hall was crushed by fallen rubble.

The Chinese Methodist Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Post 13.06.11 quake, the church hall was demolished, the steeple roof was removed by crane & the church was part deconstructed stone by stone. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt in 2014-15.

Images, quake damaged Rugby St & Papanui Rd:


06.09.10. Quake damaged house & the back of the Chinese Methodist Church Hall, Rugby St. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt in 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church Hall roof & vehicle, Rugby St. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. The Church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt in 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake crushed Chinese Methodist Church vehicle, Rugby St. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. The Church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt in 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake crushed Chinese Methodist Church vehicle, Rugby St. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church, cnr Rugby St / Papanui Rd. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd. More damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Steeple roof was removed by crane & post 13.06.11 quake the church was part deconstructed stone by stone. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church steeple, Papanui Rd. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Steeple roof was removed by crane & post 13.06.11 quake, the church was part deconstructed stone by stone. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake rubble by Chinese Methodist Church's 1894 foundation stone, Papanui Rd. Church was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Post 13.06.11 quake the church was part deconstructed stone by stone. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd. More damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Steeple roof was removed by crane & post 13.06.11 quake the church was part deconstructed stone by stone. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15


06.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church & hall, Papanui Rd. More damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. The Church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was rebuilt 2014-15

By Merivale Mall, several shops were tape cordoned, bricks strewn on pavements & between bldgs.


06.09.10. Quake damaged shops, Papanui Rd, Merivale. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake rubble between shops, Papanui Rd. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake rubble on pavement by damaged shops, Papanui Rd, Merivale. Shop was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt


06.09.10. Quake damaged shop, cnr Mansfield Ave / Papanui Rd. Shop was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt


06.09.10. Quake damaged House of Travel, cnr Papanui Rd / Aikmans Rd. Post quake repaired for business, then demolished for a rebuild


06.09.10. Quake damaged House of Travel, cnr Aikmans Rd / Papanui Rd. Temp fencing started to be erected around quake damage throughout Christchurch. House of Travel was post quake repaired for business, then demolished for a rebuild

By quake damaged House of Travel, Aikmans Rd, I saw a woman crying in the street. Yesterday, I'd seen another woman crying by quake damaged shops on Barbadoes St. Leah had felt tearful after the quake, but our sons were excited by the whole shebang. Since the quake I had quake fever too: mood swings, shock, anxiety, grief, anger, elation, joking and adrenalin hyperactivity, which wore off after some days. House of Travel was post quake repaired for business, then demolished for a rebuild.


06.09.10. Quake damaged shop, cnr Papanui Rd / Wyndham St. Shop was demolished & rebuilt


06.09.10. Quake damaged shop, cnr Wyndham St / Papanui Rd. Shop was demolished & rebuilt

I drove to the top of Papanui Rd, took pics at Wyndham St corner, but realized I'd need to return another day for comprehensive pics.

I drove down Memorial Ave to Botanic Gdns where I parked. No tall trees were damaged by the quake. Flexible plants were better adapted to quakes than man made brick & stone buildings. Canterbury Museum's stone walls, by Botanic Gdns were undamaged, as museum walls were quake reinforced with steel rods.

I wandered down Worcester Blvd, past quake damaged Arts Centre to Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ. Nearby Christchurch City Council bldg, Worcester Blvd, which opened in August, was useless as Civil Defence HQ, as it was quake damaged.

Images, quake damaged Memorial Ave, Rolleston Ave & Worcester Blvd:


06.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Memorial Ave, near Hagley Park. The empty house stayed unrepaired for years. Three years post quake, a ghost house. The house was demolished in 2014


06.09.10. Reinforced Canterbury Museum wall, undamaged by the quake, Rolleston Ave


06.09.10. "The time is out of joint." Workmen repairing Arts Centre roof damage, Worcester Blvd. The Art Centre tower clock stopped just after the 4.35 am quake struck. The Arts Centre was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake & was closed for repairs. Repairs were on-going 2014-15

The Arts Centre, tower clock stopped just after 4.35 on quake morning. The clock tower was scaffolded & workmen were busy repairing roof damage. The Arts Centre was more damaged in the 22.02.11 quake - Observatory collapsed. The Arts Centre was closed for repairs. Repairs were ongoing 2014-15.

Two months post 04.09.10 quake, Christchurch Arts Centre clock tower was still scaffolded. An Arts Centre turret on Rolleston Ave was wood bandaged & strapped against aftershocks. Two weeks before Christmas a crane removed the turret roof & placed it on Rolleston Ave pavement for repairs. The turret roof stood on the pavement for 4 years while the Arts Centre was repaired. December 2014 the turret roof was reinstalled.


18.12.10. Turret roof on pavement for post quake repairs, Arts Centre, Rolleston Ave, 3.5 months post 04.09.10 quake. The Arts Centre was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. The turret roof stood on the pavement for 4 years & was reinstalled in Dec 2014


18.12.10. Close up of turret roof on pavement for post quake repairs, Arts Centre, Rolleston Ave, 3.5 months post quake. The Arts Centre was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. The turret roof stood on the pavement for 4 years & was reinstalled in Dec 2014


18.12.10. Decapitated tower after turret roof was removed for post quake repairs, Arts Centre, Rolleston Ave, 3.5 months post quake. The Arts Centre was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. The turret roof stood on the pavement for 4 years & was reinstalled in Dec 2014

Images seen on quake damaged Worcester Blvd:


18.12.10. Maori buskers, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake. Quake damaged, part repaired bldg behind. Post 22.02.11 quake, garages were built beside the damaged bldg as storage for craft market shops.


18.12.10. Quake damaged Old Chemistry facade, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake


18.12.10. Quake damaged Old Chemistry bldg, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake


18.12.10. Quake damaged Observatory bldg, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake. The Observatory collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake


18.12.10. Close up quake damaged Observatory bldg, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake. The Observatory collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake


18.12.10. Court Theatre stage door, brick bldg undamaged by quake & aftershocks, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake. Post 22.02.11 quake, Court Theatre was relocated


18.12.10. Faded bldg inspection sticker, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd, 3.5 months post quake


06.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Worcester Blvd


06.09.10. Quake damaged brick wall, Worcester Blvd


06.09.10. Yellow building inspection sticker on house window, Worcester Blvd


06.09.10. Brick rubble by quake damaged house, Worcester Blvd

Images, quake damaged Worcester Blvd, Montreal St & Hereford St:


06.09.10. Montreal St view of Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ during the quake state of emergency


06.09.10. Civil Defence use of Christchurch Art Gallery board to inform public of green, yellow, red quake building inspection stickers


06.09.10. Fire Service HQ truck by Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, Worcester Blvd, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Quake shattered windows, Hereford St

I walked Christchurch CBD state of emergency cordon. Checkpoints, guarded by NZDF soldiers, Civil Defence volunteers & cops, were at intersections of the CBD cordon.

Images, CBD state of emergency cordon:


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers from Burnham camp guarding Hereford St Bridge, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Quake damaged, brand new Christchurch City Council offices, Worcester Blvd, seen from Cambridge Tce. The offices were opened in August weeks before the quake


06.09.10. Cop & NZDF soldiers guarding Worcester St Bridge, quake state of emergency cordon. Quake damaged roof, Our City, old brick bldg behind


06.09.10. Quake damage, Worcester Blvd, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Chimneys shattered despite quake reinforcement, Worcester Blvd. Within a month EQC had received claims for 17000 quake damaged chimneys (The Press). 17.08.17. Regarding quake trashed chimneys, I gave email permission for Quakesafe Building Solutions to use this pic on its website


06.09.10. Cops, NZDF soldiers, photographers, Worcester St Bridge, quake state of emergency cordon. Quake damaged roof, Our City, old brick bldg behind


06.09.10. Yellow, Hi Vis vested cop photographing quake damage, Worcester Blvd. Temp fencing was starting to be erected around quake damage throughout Christchurch


06.09.10. Quake rubberneckers. Cop photographers going up Worcester Blvd to Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ


06.09.10. Worcester St Bridge, quake state of emergency cordon view of Cathedral Sq. Quake damaged roof, Our City, old brick bldg. Christchurch Cathedral tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


06.09.10. Cops & orange, Hi Vis vested, Civil Defence volunteer, cnr Gloucester St & Oxford Tce, quake state of emergency cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Gloucester St & Oxford Tce. Soldier, Civil Defence volunteer & cop. All bldgs in this pic were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Cops directing people, cnr Gloucester St & Oxford Tce, quake state of emergency cordon. NZDF vehicle behind


06.09.10. Cop guarding Chancery Arcade, Chancery Ln entrance to Cathedral Sq, quake state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, Chancery Arcade was demolished in 2015 to make way for NZ govt's Blueprinted Convention Centre


06.09.10. Cnr Gloucester St / Colombo St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, Civil Defence volunteer guarding quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Gloucester St / Colombo St. Christchurch Cathedral behind. Christchurch Cathedral was badly damaged in the 2011 quakes


06.09.10. NZDF soldier guarding quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Colombo St / Gloucester St. Christchurch Cathedral behind. Christchurch Cathedral tower collapsed in the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake. Christchurch Cathedral west rose window collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. Post quakes, in 2015 Camelot Hotel left was demolished to make way for the new Christchurch Library, as the old Christchurch Library on Gloucester St was demolished to make way for NZ govt's Blueprinted Convention Centre


06.09.10. Cop directing people, Cathedral Junction, Gloucester St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Businessmen salvaging stuff from a quake damaged bldg, quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St. Post 2011 quakes all the bldgs were demolished to make way for CERA's E Frame


06.09.10. Businessman salvaging stuff from a quake damaged bldg, quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St. Port Hills behind. Post 2011 quakes, all Manchester St bldgs in the pic were demolished. CERA's E Frame left, CBD right


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers guarding quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St. Post 2011 quakes, most of the Manchester St bldgs were demolished


06.09.10. Businessmen with quake salvaged stuff & cop, quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St. Post 2011 quakes, most of the Manchester St bldgs were demolished


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers, Civil Defence & rubberneckers, quake state of emergency cordon, Manchester St / Gloucester St crossing. Post 2011 quakes, all these Manchester St bldgs. were demolished


06.09.10. Workman demolishing a quake damaged chimney, Gloucester St

Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq:


06.09.10. Vehicle entering Worcester St, quake state of emergency cordon by Latimer Sq. Post 2011 quakes, most of the Worcester St bldgs were demolished to make way for CERA's E Frame


06.09.10. Quake state of emergency cordon, Worcester St by Latimer Sq. Newstalk ZB high rise was imploded in August 2012 to make way for CERA's E Frame


06.09.10. Quake destroyed chimneys, Christchurch Club, Latimer Sq. Hotel Grand Chancellor behind was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


06.09.10. Cop & NZDF soldier guarding quake state of emergency cordon, Hereford St by Latimer Sq. Hotel Grand Chancellor was tilted by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished to make way for CERA's E Frame

Images, quake damaged Madras St & Lichfield St:


06.09.10. Quake shattered glass, Arrow House, Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon. A month later, the glass was still there below a boarded window. Arrow House was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake damaged St Johns Anglican Church, Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon. The bldg was unstable, next door St Johns Church more so. St Johns was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on St Johns site


06.09.10. Quake damaged St Johns Anglican Church, Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon. The bldg was unstable, next door St Johns Church more so. St Johns was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on St Johns site


06.09.10. Quake damaged St Johns Anglican Church, Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon. The bldg was unstable, next door St Johns Church more so. St Johns was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on St Johns site


06.09.10. Girls & NZDF soldier, quake state of emergency cordon, cnr Madras St / Cashel St


06.09.10. NZDF soldier, cnr Bedford Row / Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon. Old brick stable was damaged by the 04.09.10 quake & demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Civil Defence & NZDF soldiers, Bedford Row, quake state of emergency cordon. Old brick stable was damaged by the 04.09.10 quake & demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. NZDF soldier, cnr Bedford Row / Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon. IR bldg right. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished to make way for CERA's E Frame


06.09.10. USAR / TF team, Madras Street, quake state of emergency cordon. Old brick stable was damaged by the 04.09.10 quake & demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. NZDF soldier, USAR / TF & rubbernecker, cnr Madras St / Lichfield St, quake state of emergency cordon. Old brick stable was damaged by the 04.09.10 quake & demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Madras St / Lichfield St crossing, quake state of emergency cordon. Quake damaged bldg & crushed car beyond. Apex car rentals, behind cop, was damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


06.09.10. Cop watching people in Lichfield St cordon. Quake damaged bldg & crushed car beyond. Apex car rentals, behind truck, was damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


06.09.10. Workmen passing quake rubble, roof of John Burns Co, Lichfield St. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Workmen passing quake rubble, roof of John Burns Co, Lichfield St. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake crushed car, Lichfield St / Tuam St car park, quake state of emergency cordon

Images, quake damaged St Asaph St:


06.09.10. Quake rubble, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. This cnr Convent of the Sacred Heart was further damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks. Christchurch RC Cathedral beyond. RC Cathedral towers collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake toppled brick parapet right, St Asaph St. Tarped roof, left bldg


06.09.10. Quake cracked brick wall, business car park, St Asaph St


06.09.10. Rubbernecker, NZDF soldiers & Civil Defence, quake state of emergency cordon, St Asaph St / High St / Madras St crossing


06.09.10. Cnr Madras St / St Asaph St, quake state of emergency cordon, High St / Madras St / St Asaph St crossing, by a Christchurch Polytech hostel which survived the 2010-2013 quakes


06.09.10. Northern view of deserted Madras St, usually very busy, quake state of emergency cordon, cops, Civil Defence & soldiers, High St / Madras St / St Asaph St crossing. Post 2011 quakes, beyond the Polytech hostel right, all bldgs were demolished


06.09.10. Northern view of Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon, High St / Madras St / St Asaph St crossing. Facade of grey Nurse Maude bldg, mid-right, was quake damaged & taped off. Later shipping containers would be placed on Madras St before Nurse Maude bldg, which was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Bldgs beyond Nurse Maude were demolished too


06.09.10. Southern view of deserted Madras St to Port Hills, from quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Yellow, Hi Vis vested cop view down deserted High St, quake state of emergency cordon, High St / Madras St / St Asaph St crossing


06.09.10. Northern view of deserted Madras St, quake state of emergency cordon

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


06.09.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, workman on quake damaged, Lone Star roof with Steinlager ad, Manchester St, quake state of emergency cordon. 5 months post quake, Lone Star was demolished

06.10.10. A month later I again walked past Lone Star, Manchester St, the Steinlager advert was gone, scaffolding was up & the roof was being repaired. I'd walked Southwark St & a couple of other streets between Madras St & Manchester St & saw more quake damage. Five months post quake, Lone Star was demolished.

06.10.10. Moorhouse Ave's old brick station clock tower was patched with wood, stopping bricks falling off, the clock jammed at 4.35 am, when the quake struck. The old, brick station was built in 1955, the tower concrete, but brick cladded.

Heritage fanatics wanted to preserve rotten bldgs in Christchurch CBD & quake -warped, Medway St footbridge over Avon River, between River Rd & Avonside Dr. The best reminder of the quake was to leave stopped clocks, as is, like the Moorhouse Ave, old, station, stopped clock & the Arts Centre stopped clock, Worcester Blvd.

06.10.10. Manchester St looked like a war zone with rubble cleared, twisted metal still on pavements, metal fences cordoning quake damaged bldgs & destroyed Theme Basic bldg, cracked horizontally, corner Manchester St & St Asaph St. Further down Manchester St a digger poked an old bldg. Manchester St's Red Light strip was changed for good.

06.10.10. Driving along St Asaph St, I saw a crane hoisting a workman beside Christchurch Hospital chimney, checking the tall, concrete chimney for quake damage. Cars weaved around St Asaph St fenced sections while workmen did repairs. CBD speed limit was reduced to 30 km / hour, to stop traffic rumbling old bldgs to bits & stop traffic destroying old sewage & water pipes.


06.09.10. Quake state of emergency cordon, Manchester St, by Cokers Backpackers. A month later Cokers Hotel & The Woolshed Bar & Bistro were fenced off & quake closed till further notice. Cokers Hotel & Woolshed Bar & Bistro were demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


06.09.10. The Woolshed Bar & Bistro, Manchester St, undamaged by the quake. Cokers Hotel & Woolshed Bar & Bistro were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


06.09.10. Civil Defence & quake damaged Theme Basics bldg, cnr Manchester St / St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. Parapet toppled & awnings collapsed. Theme Basics was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


06.09.10. Quake damaged, Theme Basics bldg, cnr Manchester St / St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. Parapet toppled & awnings collapsed. Theme Basics was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers & cop detouring traffic by South City, Colombo St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers directing traffic by South City, Colombo St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. NZDF soldier directing traffic by South City, Colombo St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. NZDF soldier & military vehicle leaving South City car park, Colombo St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Face at a window, opposite South City car park, watching soldiers & cop directing Colombo St traffic, quake state of emergency cordon

Images, quake damaged St Asaph St, Mollett St & Durham St Sth:


06.09.10. NZDF soldier patrolling St Asaph St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers guarding Mollett St, quake state of emergency cordon, Durham St Sth side. A bldg at the end of Mollett St was quake damaged, Colombo St side


06.09.10. Parked cop car, cnr Tuam St / Durham St Sth, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. NZDF soldier & cop, cnr Durham St Sth / Tuam St, quake state of emergency cordon. Office Max bldg survived the 2011 quakes but CERA wanted it for its S Frame


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers & parked military van, cnr Durham St Sth / Lichfield St, quake state of emergency cordon

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


06.09.10. NZDF soldiers, cnr Cambridge Tce / Lichfield St, quake state of emergency cordon


06.09.10. Cambridge Tce view of cops & NZDF soldiers, Cashel St Bridge of Remembrance, Avon River, quake state of emergency cordon. Bridge of Remembrance survived the 2011 quakes, but needed restoration 2014-15


06.09.10. Cambridge Tce view of NZDF soldiers guarding Hereford St Bridge, quake state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


06.09.10. Cambridge Tce view of cop & NZDF soldier, Worcester St Bridge, quake state of emergency cordon. Our City, brick bldg behind, survived the 2011 quakes, but needed restoration

I'd walked the biggest Christchurch CBD state of emergency cordon on the first day Burnham Military Camp soldiers assisted cops in their guarding of quake damaged bldgs, undamaged bldgs & control of citizens.

I'd walk 3 more CBD state of emergency cordons, which would shrink into pockets of taped off & fenced off bldgs closer to Manchester St. It was the first state of emergency Christchurch ever had.

In SA, I'd experienced 1980-90s states of emergencies during apartheid dying days. State of emergency danger: It compelled security forces to be hostile to citizens, with overbearing cops & soldiers strutting streets & wagging fingers & Civil Defence wearing orange, Hi Vis vests, swelling with self importance, ordering citizens around at cordons. It implied citizens were looters & children, incapable of thinking for themselves.

EXTREME DANGER: A state of emergency could degenerate into a state of terror, as happened in apartheid SA, where citizens become enemies of the state & enemies of soldiers & cops supporting tyranny. Christchurch state of emergency cordons reminded me of the laager mentality of South African fascists, with the chosen privileged frowning at teeming masses around them - insiders & outsiders looking for trouble.

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Mark: Luke's girlfriend lost her part time work - Colombo St, Beckenham restaurant was kaput! Loss of earnings in Canterbury was serious, as many were off work due to hazardous [unstable] bldgs.

Hazards of sewage & water mixing underground as aftershocks continue to mess pipes. Boiling of water needed. Kaiapoi was in kak as its sewage farm was on Waimakariri River bank & Kaiapoi was on Ashley-Waimakariri- Styx Rivers floodplain. Dodgy Waimakariri stop banks north of Chch. September 6 at 10.14 am

Mark: delayed shock - sadness: Leah was sad yesterday, third day, this morning, I saw a woman weeping on Aikmans Rd corner. I was tearful - angry too: had just photographed quake damage at Papanui Rd between Rugby St & Aikmans Rd: Merivale shops were damaged; Chinese Methodist Church, 1894, condemned, yellow Xs & NOs on all blue doors. Bet bastards who sold the church to Chinese last year knew it was fucked, no sign of quake reinforcement. September 6 at 10.31 am.

Mark: Leah here: You guys out there with plain old normal stuff going on are a treat for us. It brings normality to our quake shocked world. Although our home got off lightly in the quake, the devastation around us is hard to take in & will affect all who live here for some time to come. Loss of earnings will be ongoing for some. A huge part of the region is away from work till bldgs have been checked as safe. Schools plan to reopen on Wednesday if able to.

Right now I have gripey guts from not boiling water enough. A friend's home was condemned & I know others who no longer have a place of work to go to. Some places almost look like movie sets, except it is real.

Aftershocks continue with earth-shifts felt regularly. Some are just tremors under our feet, but others are mini quakes around 3 & 4 on the Richter Scale. One which woke me this morning about 5.15 am felt at least 4 or more. Crazy times! September 6 at 11.55 am.

Stephen (Aus): Hi Mark, damage looks bad. Lucky you live in a country that is prepared for disasters and will be quick to look after people in need. September 6 at 11.12 am.

George (RSA): Glad you guys are OK. Best wishes from the old country. September 6 at 7.23 pm.

Mark: @ Stephen. Agreed. Quake damage in waves about 500+ metres apart. Saw 2 military helicopters flying tandem over the CBD, Saturday afternoon after the quake. I'd love to see aerial pics of quake damage. I think one could follow the seismic waves.

Most of Chch OK. Brick chimneys & old brick bldgs & pavement awnings collapsed, mostly in the CBD. Lots of flooding in the CBD & suburbs near rivers, especially Avon River, due to sewage & water pipes bursting & pressured by underground water & shaking. Water becoming unhealthy.

Ongoing sewage & water pipe bursts with aftershocks. Wooden bldgs away from swamps & rivers are mostly OK, like our wooden rental house. Many roads, gutters, pavements; brick bldg walls, floors & roofs are cracked, buckled, collapsed, slumped or humped. Single storey bldgs are better off, double storey or higher are more damaged due to vertical amplifying of ground shaking. [Whip effect. Seismologists dubbed it "ground acceleration." ]

Third day Monday, after Sat morn quake, soldiers from Burnham Camp were directed traffic on Colombo St by South City supermarket, & stopped people entering the inner CBD cordon. Cops, soldiers & Civil Defence volunteers were at crossings & entrances to the CBD. Cops were laid back, last defence to 2 CBD outer & inner plastic-taped cordons. Civil Defence volunteers were in front of cordons, usually fat & wearing orange, Hi Vis vests.

Yesterday Monday, I swore at a CD volunteer when he stopped me going past the Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ on Worcester Blvd, after he'd allowed tourists through.

I walked around Central Police via Hereford St & entered the CBD further down Worcester Blvd. [Cordons were vague then]. Many self important bldg inspectors / "experts" were wandering about the CBD with clipboards & hard hats, & checking bldgs for retention or demolition.

Seismologists hadn't a clue Saturday morning's quake & aftershocks were coming. In future I expect much arse-covering from seismologists, builders, engineers, councillors, politicians. Already heard "expert" gobbledegook on TV last night about soil pore size & mud.

[Nearly 3 months post quake, "experts" jabbered in The Press, 29.11.10, about 4 or more faults causing Christchurch / Canterbury quake, with seismic waves bouncing off Port Hills hard rock, causing Christchurch damage].

Tons of river, swamp & road foundation mud was forced out of road tar & gutter cracks & deposited onto roads, gardens, houses, with water flooding. Kaiapoi north of Chch, a disaster, as Kaiapoi's on a flood plain near 3 rivers & Kaiapoi sewage ponds are near Waimakariri River.

Monday: I coolpixed 3 cops taking pics of Worcester Blvd damage & many more pics of CBD damages too. Sept 7 at 9.30 am.

[Liquefaction of a thick silt layer from ancient Waimakariri floods on Canterbury Plains, caused much quake damage, when shaking & underground water caused the liquefied silt to rise with flood waters & cover low lying areas along river banks, streams & swamps. Any bldg & infrastructure built on that silt, like at Brooklands, New Brighton, Burwood, Bexley, Dallington Avonside & Halswell suburbs, were quake damaged].

Mark: @ George. I'm coolpixing before people clean up quake damage & BS starts. I think the 'old country' is safer than Chch now. I'm off for more wobbly wall dodging & coolpixing today. September 7 at 9.43 am.

Anne (RSA): Thoughts are with you and your family. Glad that you are all OK. September 6 at 6.21 pm.

Mark: Thanks Anne. We're glad too, very thankful, but saddened by others' losses. Four days after Chch quake, I'm coolpixing as much as I can. I laugh at some "news" on TV, comic by people not on the spot. September 7 at 10.52 am.

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