Saturday, October 16, 2010

Saturday 11.09.10. Day 8 after Christchurch Quake. Damaged Streets & Halswell

Saturday 11.09.10. State of Emergency. Day 8 after Christchurch Quake: some streets, bldgs & Halswell.

I coolpixed more quake damage in Cranford St, continuing as Sherborne St & some of its crossings; coolpixed more quake damage along Bealey Ave; then drove to Riccarton, as I wanted to see Westfield Riccarton, which was closed for shop inspections for several days post quake.

Thereafter I drove to Halswell to look at quake damage. We'd lived 8 years in Halswell & our sons went to Oaklands Primary School there. Leah started her Christchurch teaching in Halswell, after years of teaching in SA & London. I finished up late afternoon coolpixing quake damaged St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq.

Images, quake damaged Wairakei Rd, Cranford St & Westminster St:


11.09.10. Forsythia & rental, Wairakei Rd, state of emergency. Rental houses were in demand post quake


11.09.10. Demolished shops, Cranford St, state of emergency. Rubble soon removed. Post 22.02.11 quake the site was full of liquefaction silt volcanoes


11.09.10. Chris's Clothing Services fence sign by demolished shops, Cranford St, state of emergency.


11.09.10. Demolished shops, cnr Cranford St & Westminster St, state of emergency. Rubble soon removed. Post 22.02.11 quake the site was full of liquefaction silt volcanoes


11.09.10. Close up of demolished shops, cnr Cranford St / Westminster St, state of emergency. Rubble soon removed. Post 22.02.11 quake the site was full of liquefaction silt volcanoes


11.09.10. Quake damaged Angus Meats (demolished) cnr Cranford St / Westminster St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Close up of green stickered door, Angus Meats (demolished) cnr Cranford St / Westminster St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Angus Meats (demolished) cnr Cranford St / Westminster St, state of emergency

Our Westminster St connection: Jake had flatted there while studying graphic design at Natcoll, Christchurch CBD. On a Westminster St, demolition site fence, a hand written sign read:

CHRIS'S CLOTHING
SERVICES
NOW @ CONTACT NO...
CORNER OF
WESTMINSTER STREET
AND HILLS ROADS
THANKS TO ALL
MY VALUE CUSTOMERS

Over quake years, I saw many similar signs - quake trashed, relocated businesses, desperate to stay in business & keep their customers.


11.09.10. Quake damaged shop (soon demolished) Westminster St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged shop (soon demolished) Westminster St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged Fish + Chips (soon demolished) Westminster St, state of emergency

Images, quake damaged Edgeware Rd:


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt pile, Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake destroyed iron gate, St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Gate Sign, St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged, red stickered facade, St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged iron gate & red stickered door, St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged, red stickered St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Memorial to two girls murdered on Edgeware Rd, St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church (demolished) state of emergency

Five months post quake, I drove down Cranford St & along Edgeware Rd, & saw that Angus Meats & St Mary & St Athanasius Coptic Church were being demolished. Although I'd had no pre quake contact with many quake destroyed bldgs I coolpixed, it was sad to see them go. I coolpixed a hardware business on Sherborne St where the wooden shed wall was bent by the quake. The leaning shed was soon demolished.

Images, quake damaged Sherborne St:


11.09.10. Newly boarded, quake damaged PostShop, cnr Sherborne St / Edgeware Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake bent wood shed (soon demolished) Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake bent wood shed (soon demolished) Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake bent wood shed (soon demolished) Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake bent wood shed (soon demolished) Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake trashed wood shed (soon demolished) Sherborne St, state of emergency

I detoured down Manchester St to coolpix damaged housing & see Jake's old rental house.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


11.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Manchester St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged chimney rubble, Manchester St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Manchester St house undamaged by the quake, state of emergency

Jake had rented the leaky house, with a front door that didn't lock, despite complaints to the landlord. Repairs were done after Jake left & the slum lord had maximised profits by renting out accommodation which wasn't weatherproof.

Images, quake damaged Sherborne St:


11.09.10. Quake toppled chimney, Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged porch, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished


10.09.10. New tradesman sign by quake damaged houses, Sherborne St, state of emergency. The house was demolished

Yesterday on Sherborne St, I'd coolpixed a quake damaged, double storey house in the late afternoon. An EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE sign wasn't there. It had appeared overnight attached to a wooden, garden fence. The sign read:

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE

* DEMOLITION
* BUILDING
* CONSTRUCTION
* REPAIRS
* MAINTENANCE...

The sign didn't last long. Tradesmen had lots of work post quake. Building inspectors, engineers, demolishers, planners, architects, designers too.


11.09.10. Quake damaged house for sale, Sherborne St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Close up of quake damaged house for sale, Sherborne St, state of emergency

I drove down Sherborne St to coolpix quake damaged bldgs on Bealey Ave, like Knox Church,  Saggio di vino & The Deanery. I then drove down Durham St Nth to coolpix more quake damaged bldgs. I thought in a few days I'd soon complete coolpixing quake damages in Christchurch. Little did I know, it would become a 3 year project with damages caused by1000s more quakes, great & small.

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


11.09.10. The Deanery gate red taped, Bealey Ave, state of emergency. Demolished during the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake


11.09.10. NO GO The Deanery garden brick wall, Bealey Ave, state of emergency


11.09.10. Red camellia & quake damaged The Deanery, Bealey Ave, state of emergency. Demolished during the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake


11.09.10. Quake damaged, red stickered The Deanery, Bealey Ave, state of emergency. Demolished during the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake


11.09.10. Quake damaged The Deanery, Bealey Ave, state of emergency. Demolished during the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake


11.09.10. Pink camellia & quake damaged bedrooms, The Deanery, Bealey Ave, state of emergency. Demolished during the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake


11.09.10. Flexible plants & brittle bricks. Quake damaged The Deanery, Bealey Ave, state of emergency. Demolished during the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake

Images of quake damaged Durham St Nth:


11.09.10. White magnolia & green tarp anchored by suspended tyres on quake damaged roof, cnr Bealey Ave & Durham St Nth, state of emergency


11.09.10. Workmen laying a green tarp on a quake damaged roof, Durham St Nth, state of emergency


11.09.10. White magnolia & green tarps on a quake damaged roof, cnr Durham St Nth & Bealey Ave, state of emergency

Images of quake damaged Bealey Ave;


11.09.10. Quake damaged roof covered in yellow, blue & black tarps, Bealey Ave, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged roofs: Saggio di vino & Knox Presbyterian Church, cnrs Bealey Ave / Victoria St, state of emergency cordon. Knox Church & Saggio di vino were trashed by the 22.02.11 quake. Saggio di Vino was demolished. After 3 years standing vacant post quakes, Knox Church was restored in 2014


11.09.10 Building inspector graffito:  X NO GO, Saggio di vino, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, state of emergency cordon. Saggio di vino was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


11.09.10. NO X Saggio di vino, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, state of emergency cordon. Within weeks scaffolding was erected & the outer quake damaged wall (Bealey Ave side) of Saggio di vino was demolished & rebuilt. Repaired Saggio di vino was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished.


11.09.10. Bealey Ave crossing view of a state of emergency cordon on Victoria St & demolished bldg behind Saggio di vino


11.09.10. Quake damaged Saggio di vino, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, state of emergency cordon. Bldgs behind the skip, incl Saggio di vino, were trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


11.09.10. Quake damaged Knox Presbyterian Church view of demolition site behind quake damaged Saggio di vino, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St state of emergency cordon. Bldg behind skip was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake

I drove to Westfield Riccarton to see quake damages on Riccarton Rd again. Riccarton Mall was full of customers. Rotheram St, Fox & Ferret gastro pub where Jake worked buzzed. It was business-as-usual time, no one knowing worse quakes would come.

Images, quake damaged Rotherham St & Riccarton Rd:


11.09.10. Westfield Riccarton air bridge undamaged by the quake, Rotherham St, state of emergency cordon


11.09.10. Saturday afternoon rubberneckers & NZDF soldier, Rotherham St, state of emergency cordon


11.09.10. Demolished bldg by Browsers, Riccarton Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Fox & Ferret gastro pub, undamaged by quake, Rotherham St, state of emergency


11.09.10. Westfield Riccarton food court, open for business after several days' quake closure, state of emergency

I drove to Halswell to see quake damaged St John of God Anglican Church, quake damaged, liquefactioned roads & quake damaged Halswell School. Dark humour abounded, like a WHO DID IT? sign, on a Nottingham Ave toppled wall.

Images, quake damaged St John of God Anglican Church, Halswell:


11.09.10. Quake damaged roof, St John of God Anglican Church, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged St John of God Anglican Church, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Close up of quake damaged St John of God Anglican Church, Halswell, state of emergency

Images, quake damaged Nottingham Ave:


11.09.10. WHO DID IT? sign on quake toppled wall, Nottingham Ave, Halswell, state of emergency.


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt piles, Nottingham Ave, Halswell, state of emergency. Port Hills backdrop


11.09.10. Garden gnomes on liquefaction boils, Nottingham Ave, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt pile, cnr Nottingham Ave / Gore St, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. 40 Nottingham Ave house, undamaged by quake, Halswell, state of emergency. We rented the house for 8 years & our sons grew up here


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt in gutter, 40 Nottingham Ave, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt pile by shops, cnr Nottingham Ave / Gore St, Halswell, state of emergency. This silt pile was opposite 40 Nottingham Ave, where we lived for 8 years

Halswell was built on old swampland & ancient flood plain, so there was lots of silt below vegetation. When I'd dug holes in our 40 Nottingham Ave garden I'd found a silt layer ranging in depth from 20 cm to 500 cm. Below the silt was ancient alluvial shingle. So the quake had tons of destructive silt to shove up in liquefaction mounds all over Halswell.

Two years after our arrival in Halswell, in 1997 Leah began part-time teaching of learning disabled students at Oaklands Primary & Halswell School, the latter badly damaged by liquefaction, the former undamaged by the quake.

Quake damage throughout Christchurch was random, where seismic waves were most powerful, with pockets of damage throughout Christchurch & beyond & vast areas with no damage at all.

About 90% of Christchurch was undamaged, like new Aidanfield & Styx Mill suburbs. Many Port Hill suburbs like Kennedys Bush were undamaged.

Christchurch quake damage was limited in the 04.09.10, magnitude 7.1 quake, as the Greendale fault was west of Christchurch & the quake epicentre some distance from Christchurch near Darfield. Subsequent quakes, though smaller in magnitude, were more damaging to Christchurch, as other faults & quake epicentres were closer to Christchurch.

Many old brick or stone buildings were damaged & riverside & swamp suburbs badly damaged: groundwater, silt & quake a destructive combo. There was often quake damage by streams & rivers. Halswell School was built on old swampland between streams - one by Halswell Rd, another by Kennedys Bush Rd.

Images, quake damaged Halswell Rd & School Rd:


11.09.10. Quake damaged Halswell Rd by Halswell School, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Student gang digging liquefaction silt, School Rd, near Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Student gang digging liquefaction silt, School Rd, Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt & quake buckled, Halswell Rd pavement by Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake cracked Halswell Rd pavement by Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt piles Halswell Rd by Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake state of emergency padlocked & red taped Halswell School gate, Halswell Rd. Office block left & classroom right were demolished


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt piles by Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Civil Defence sign, Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Halswell Rd crack & school liquefaction, Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake buckled driveway over stream, opp Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged Halswell Rd, opp Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged Halswell Rd & shoe, opp Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction hole opp Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged manhole & roadside opp Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged Halswell Rd & Metro bus, opp Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged roadside & cyclists, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake caused road holes opp Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged Halswell Rd & cyclists, opp Halswell School, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake cracked pavement & pedestrians, Halswell Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Hi Vis vested bldg inspectors going to Halswell School, Halswell Rd, state of emergency

Images, quake damaged Kennedys Bush Rd:


11.09.10. Quake damaged drain, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Close up of quake damaged drain, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency

At Halswell School I saw 2 bldg inspectors, wearing yellow, Hi Vis vests, inspecting the school & a gang of student volunteers digging grey, liquefaction silt from surrounding roads. They were part of the Student Volunteer Army formed by University of Canterbury student Sam Johnson after the Sept quake. Behind Halswell School across Kennedys Bush Rd, a stream & paddock still oozed silt, making liquefaction volcanoes / boils.


11.09.10. Liquefaction volcano by a stream fence in a paddock, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction volcanoes in a paddock, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction volcanoes by a stream fence in a paddock, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency.


11.09.10. Close up of a liquefaction volcano by a stream fence in a paddock, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction volcano in a paddock opposite Halswell school, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency

Liquefaction volcanoes or boils caused huge damage to Christchurch & Canterbury roads, pavements, drains, manholes, footpaths, underground water & sewage pipes & cables, foundations, gardens, driveways...

Imagine being quake shaken out of your bed in darkness with a widening hole in your floor, silt oozing in, trapping you behind silt jammed doors.


11.09.10. Farm gate by liquefactioned paddock, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Bldg inspectors inspecting quake damaged Halswell School, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency. Damaged bldgs were demolished & prefabs were erected by the path


11.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Halswell School path, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency. Damaged bldgs were demolished & prefabs were erected by the path & bordering the field


11.09.10. Liquefaction boil on Halswell School rugby field, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency

Post quake, Halswell School partly opened, with junior students taught in undamaged classrooms. The rest of the school, teachers & senior students went to Manning Intermediate School & Hillmorton High School where there were spare classrooms.

Damaged bldgs were demolished at Halswell School. Office & classroom prefabs were erected, bordering two sides of Halswell School field.


11.09.10. Liquefaction silt diggers, Melrose Farm, Kennedys Bush, state of emergency


11.09.10. Concrete manhole shoved above ground surface by liquefaction silt, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction damaged drain, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Liquefaction damaged drain by a paddock, Kennedys Bush Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Top of Kennedys Bush Rd view of Halswell, Canterbury Plains & snowy Southern Alps, state of emergency

Since the 7.1 magnitude quake on 04.09.10, aftershocks were ongoing, most ignored or not felt, depending on epicentre depth & distance from Christchurch. Some aftershocks were impossible to ignore, if one was shaken, or one's car or house was shaking.

Mon 18.10.10. It was impossible to ignore the 4.1 mag aftershock, 2.11 pm, which jolted our Burnside house & shook my chair & computer screen while I typed.

Tues 19.10.10. I didn't notice the 4 mag aftershock, 10.54 am, but felt the 5 mag aftershock, 11.32 am, which shook Taitapu, Halswell & Christchurch (Geonet). I was sitting in my car waiting for Luke who was speaking to his builder boss at Naseby St, while I watched an old woman collecting her post at her post box. My car bounced for 30 secs or so, power lines jiggled overhead & the old woman held onto her post box pole for dear life.

Luke returned saying, "Cars in the garage bounced while I talked to Richard. That was a big one!" People evacuated Westfield Riccarton Mall & other CBD bldgs & waited in the streets.

Jake later told me he was working in the kitchen of Under The Red Verandah restaurant, Worcester St, at his new job when the 5 mag aftershock hit. Stacked plates started moving & he placed his hands on top to stop breakages. The restaurant was a double storey, wooden bldg, undamaged by the quake & aftershocks. One of Under The Red Verandah restaurant bldgs later collapsed in the 6.3 mag, 22.02.11 quake.

I drove to Christchurch CBD, coolpixing quake damaged Cashmere Rd & coolpixing quake damaged St Johns Anglican Church, Latimer Sq. A sign on St Johns steel fence read:

St Johns will                      3 pm -                
meet together                    afternoon tea
this Sunday                       4 pm - service

Location: -
St Saviours
200 Colombo St

All welcome...                   Listen and talk
Listen and talk                  to one another
to God

Quake trashed churches scrambled to find new venues for services.

Back home I coolpixed daffodils in our front garden. Excepting some fallen trees, plants weren't affected much by quakes. Plants were better adapted to quakes than humans.

Images, quake damaged Cashmere Rd:


11.09.10. Quake cracked Cashmere Rd, near Halswell, state of emergency


11.09.10. Concrete block supporting a quake leaning power pole by Wagonstays, Cashmere Rd, state of emergency


11.09.10. Quake damaged & temp repaired Cashmere Rd by Wagonstays, state of emergency

Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq & Madras St:


11.09.10. Quake damaged St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake notice on fence, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Yellow stickered St John's Anglican Church door, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged nave, W wall, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. Within a week the nave W wall was metal braced against aftershocks. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged roof, St John's Anglican Church, Madras St. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged, N transept, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged chancel roof & tower, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Close up of quaked damaged chancel roof, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged tower, neo Gothic, lancet windows, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged tower bell pulley, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged chancel & tower, St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Quake damaged chancel, tower & buttress. St John's Anglican Church, Latimer Sq, state of emergency. St John's was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. The Cardboard Cathedral was built on site


11.09.10. Heath St garden daffodils during the quake state of emergency

FACEBOOK.

Mark: Chch 7.1 quake one week ago. 250 000 Haitians were killed in the January, Haiti 7.0 quake. No one was killed in NZ's Chch quake - Kiwi quake proof bldg methods. I've become intimate with many unstable, old, brick bldgs, many of which will be demolished in Chch. September 11 at 9.01 am.

Alan (USA): Having such an organized govt can be appreciated in times like this, even though we know they are full of kak most of the time. Good thing this is not a place like Haiti or China. Thousands would be lost. September 11 at 11.30 am.

Mark: Agree Alan. Govt pulling finger at last, not their habitual cruising. Unfortunately there are still well paid parasites using the quake crisis as a way to get kudos, but I think most see through them & they're soon sin-binned or given short shrift. Local National MP Gerry Brownlee in Chch is coordinating things. Mayor Bob Parker is doing a great job, despite his pathetic naysayers.

I see Kiwi ingenuity every day: gangs of students digging liquefaction mud from roads & gardens; orange road cones, temp fencing & containers sprouting on roads as barriers to dangerous road sections & unstable bldgs; danger tapes & signs wherever needed; huge cranes & cherry pickers roaming Chch, lifting workmen to remove rubble & repair roofs.

Damaged chimneys & roof gables / walls are wood braced. Useable chimneys are bandaged in plastic. Saw a workman on a cherry picker yesterday loading a green tarp on a Durham St Nth house roof with other workmen working on the roof. Other side of the house already had a green tarp on another roof, anchored by tyres hanging from edges. Saw a workman on a cherry picker hammering down a damaged chimney in Peterborough St the other day. September 12 at 8.33 am.

Mark: I've heard enough St John ambulance & cop car sirens, seen enough flickering, clean up & reconstruction vehicle lights, seen enough brown troop vans, enough blue cops with yellow, Hi Vis vests, camo brown Burnham troops, black overall navy guys, black overall Urban Search & Rescue guys, orange Hi Vis vested Civil Defence guys; Hi Vis vested bldg inspectors / insurance guys to last a lifetime. September 11 at 9.07 am.

Mark: Saw many clean ups, repairs & demolitions. Wandered shrinking CBD cordon. By 1.30 pm yesterday, traffic jams on Bealey Ave & Colombo St. By 3 pm citizens retook Chch from cops, military & Civil Defence guys. Citizens at Cashel St / High St crossing marvelled at quake proof high rises. Citizens, tourists, chess players, tram, Starbucks drinkers, gawkers, hoboes retook Cathedral Sq. September 11 at 9.16 am.

Mark: Christchurch City Council & Civil Defence are hell bent on demolishing as many condemned brick bldgs as poss before the state of emergency ends. What the 7.1 quake & many aftershocks started, excavators, diggers & dump trucks will complete. Chch will be safer from rotten, old, brick bldgs. September 11 at 9.22 am.

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