Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Sunday 12.09.10. Day 9 after Christchurch Quake, Manchester St Ground Zero & CBD State of Emergency Cordon

Sunday 12.09.10. Day 9 after Christchurch Quake: Manchester St, Ground Zero, & CBD state of emergency cordon.

I drove to Manchester Street, Christchurch CBD, as I wanted to see Ground Zero near quake damaged & fenced cordoned Manchester Courts & Worcester St crossing behind Christchurch Cathedral, cordoned off during the first state of emergency week.

Only the privileged few, like TVNZ crews & their sensational reporting day after day by a quake damaged bldg, mayor Parker, PM John Key, cops, NZDF soldiers, Civil Defence & bldg inspectors were allowed to roam there.

There was criticism of mayor Parker by detractors who disliked his quake photo opportunities, as Council elections loomed, & not telling that just a small proportion of Christchurch was quake damaged. Parker's obfuscation thus made it hard for businesses to pick up after the quake & scared off tourists too.

I drove down Rossall St & Manchester St to coolpix quake damaged bldgs

Images, quake damaged Rossall St:


12.09.10. Quake damaged Harcourts real estate bldg with temp wooden pillar, cnr Rossall St / Holmwood Rd, state of emergency



12.09.10. Quake damaged Flowers On Holmwood with temp wooden pillars, cnr Holmwood Rd / Rossall St, state of emergency. Flowers on Holmwood was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & replaced by a temp, porta-cabin cafe for about a year, then rebuilt

A hand written sign on a Rossall St shop window read:

AS OF MONDAY
13th SEPTEMBER
WE WILL BE BACK
TO OUR ORIGINAL
TRADING HOURS
WE LOOK FORWARD TO
SEEING YOU THEN

Despite the state of emergency & quake damaged shops, some shop keepers did their best to resume business asap.


12.09.10. Quake sign Rossall St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged Rossall St brick wall, soon demolished & rebuilt


12.09.10. Camellias & blue tarp on a quake damaged roof, Rossall St, state of emergency

Images, quake damaged Manchester St & Worcester St:


12.09.10. Manchester St / Gloucester St crossing, without cops, NZDF soldiers & Civil Defence, state of emergency. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. USAR / TF yellow graffiti, Maru Japanese Restaurant, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. USAR / TF yellow graffiti & green stickered door, Druids Friendly Society, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. GLASS HAZ: USAR / TF yellow graffiti on yellow stickered SBS Bank door, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Ground Zero, part demolished, sanitized bldg, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Part demolished, quake trashed bldg & white plastic seat, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Part demolished, quake trashed bldg, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency

Nightly, TVNZ broadcast quake news from corner Manchester St / Worcester St, Ground Zero, for a week post quake, with lurid red lights highlighting the battered bldg & newsman. Given the melodramatic effect & breathless hype, one would think all Christchurch bldgs were thus damaged.

Not so, Rockshop & other nearby shops & bldgs were unscathed & about 90% of Christchurch bldgs were undamaged, huge areas undamaged. Despite NZ media hype, Facebook friends & relatives in overseas countries, SA, UK, USA, Canada, said they heard little or nothing about Christchurch quake on their news. Within 2 months the Ground Zero bldg. was demolished.


12.09.10. Southern Demolition digger resting on Sunday below a quake trashed bldg, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Close up of part demolished bldg, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency


14.11.10. Changing Christchurch: 2 months post quake, Ground Zero after demolition, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St



14.11.10. Two months post quake, Ground Zero after demolition, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St.

Some quake damage was demolished quickly, like Ground Zero, some slowly, like Manchester Courts, Manchester St. Post quake empty demolition sites evolved all over Christchurch before rebuild began. Rebuild was intermittent, slower than instant quake destruction & demolitions.


14.11.10. Two months post quake Manchester St, Ground Zero view of slow Manchester Courts demolition. Most bdgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes. The left / southbound side of Manchester St would become CERA's E Frame


12.09.10. Quake trashed bldg, cleaned up for TV news, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake trashed bldg & two photographers, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake trashed bldg, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Rubble by quake trashed bldg, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Sunday rubberneckers, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency. Backdrop: Christchurch Cathedral tower toppled in the 22.02.11 quake


12.09.10. Quake damaged, cordoned Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency. Background: Hotel Grand Chancellor, trashed in the 22.02.11 quake, was demolished. Octagon Restaurant tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


12.09.10. Manchester St view of quake damaged Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) state of emergency. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


12.09.10. Fenced off, quake damaged Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency. Octagon tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


14.11.10. Two months post quake, iron braced Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) cnr Manchester St / Worcester St. Octagon tower & metal bracing collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


12.09.10. FALLING HAZ, USAR / TF graffiti on quake damaged door, Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) cnr Manchester St / Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged Octagon Restaurant tower, quake reinforcement, Worcester St, state of emergency. Despite quake reinforcement, Octagon Restaurant tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


12.09.10. Quake damaged Octagon Restaurant tower & inadequate quake reinforcement, Worcester St, state of emergency. Octagon Restaurant tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


12.09.10. Worcester St view of quake damaged Octagon Restaurant, state of emergency. Octagon Restaurant tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. Octagon Restaurant was eventually restored


12.09.10. GLASS HAZ, USAR / TF yellow graffiti & yellow sticker, design and arts college door, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake opened windows, design and arts college, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake fire destroyed bldg & Pills For Thrills, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished

Pills For Thrills, Worcester St, behind Cathedral Junction, was the only bldg destroyed by fire on quake day. Mayor Parker & PM Key were there for media pics.


12.09.10. Pills For Thrills, fire blackened windows & fire escape, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


12.09.10. Pills For Thrills, quake fire blackened bldg, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


12.09.10. Pills For Thrills, top storey burnt out windows, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


12.09.10. Pills For Thrills, middle storey burnt out windows, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


12.09.10. Pills For Thrills, burnt our fire escape right, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished. Heritage Hotel / Government bldg left survived the 2011 quakes


12.09.10. DANGER OVER HEAD falling stones hazard, Manchester St, state of emergency

It was a crime for Christchurch taggers to spray paint graffiti all over, but it wasn't a crime during a state of emergency for Urban Search & Rescue / TF to spray paint graffiti all over.


12.09.10. Details of quake damaged bldgs despite quake reinforcements, after smashing together, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs fenced off. Manchester St, state of emergency. Manchester courts beyond left was demolished


12.09.10. Quake broken glass window, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Quake damaged The Bead Shop, Manchester St, state of emergency. The Bead shop was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. The Rockshop guitars undamaged by the quake, Manchester St, state of emergency. The Rockshop was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. USAR / TF graffiti on The Rockshop window, Manchester St, state of emergency. The Rockshop was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. The Rockshop red stickered door, Manchester St, state of emergency. The Rockshop was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. The Rockshop red stickered door & quake sign: "Don't Panic!! The guitars are fine." Manchester St, state of emergency. The Rockshop was demolished post 2011 quakes

The Rockshop wasn't quake damaged, but was deemed unsafe & red stickered by Council, as nearby Manchester Courts was quake damaged. Over the years our sons had bought music & musical instruments from The Rockshop. A sign on The Rockshop window read: DON'T PANIC! THE GUITARS ARE FINE. The Rockshop was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Undamaged guitars & music equipment, The Rockshop, Manchester St, state of emergency. The Rockshop was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Rubberneckers & quake broken window, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. USAR / TF graffiti & yellow sticker on Carnivores window, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake fenced Le Plonk, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Cyclists & quake damaged Manchester Courts (soon demolished) Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged windows & brickwork, Manchester Courts (demolished) Manchester St, state of emergency


14.11.10. Two months post quake view of Manchester Courts demolition, Manchester St, seen from Worcester St / Manchester St cordon


14.11.10. Close up of 2 months post quake demolition, Manchester Courts, Manchester St


14.11.10. Two months post quake detour around Manchester Courts demolition, Manchester St / Worcester St cordon

More than 2 months post quake, while Manchester Courts was demolished, undamaged bldgs in the forbidden demolition cordon, like The Rockshop, lost business & were compromised.


12.09.10. DANGER No entry: USAR / TF graffiti, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. DANGER No entry, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Car park DANGER, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged parapet, Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged roofs Manchester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Rubberneckers, Manchester St northbound view, state of emergency. Most of the bldgs. in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes

Post quake the safety trick was to watch out for cordons, plastic tapes, fencing & lurid USAR / TF graffiti, then look up to find quake damage on bldgs. Thus rubberneckers wandered, twisting & nodding their heads.

I drove back to Burnside via Madras St & Barbadoes St, as I thought Leah should see CBD quake damage before she went back teaching on Monday. Schools, varsities & techs were closed during the state of emergency week for bldg inspections. En route I coolpixed quake damaged bldgs in Madras St & Barbadoes St, like Madras St / Oxford Tce Baptist Church. It's Neo Classic fa├žade was trashed by the quake.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St & Oxford Tce:


12.09.10. Quake toppled parapet bricks behind Securities House, cnr Gloucester St / Madras St, state of emergency. Securities House was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


12.09.10. Quake damaged Oxford Tce Baptist Church, state of emergency. Baptist Church was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt by 2017


12.09.10. Quake damaged Oxford Tce Baptist Church entablature & pediment, state of emergency. Baptist Church was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt by 2017


12.09.10. Detail of quake damaged Oxford Tce Baptist Church, state of emergency. Baptist Church was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt by 2017


12.09.10. Quake damaged corner of Oxford Tce Baptist Church, state of emergency. Baptist Church was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt by 2017


14.11.10. Two months post quake, iron braced, Oxford Tce Baptist Church. Baptist Church was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt by 2017


14.11.10. Two months post quake, iron braced entablature & pediment, Oxford Tce Baptist Church. Baptist Church was demolished post 22.02.11 quake & rebuilt by 2017

Quake trashed Simply Catering, Madras St, had graffiti on walls: GONE BUT NOT OUT... WE'LL BE BACK

Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St:


12.09.10. Demolished Simply Catering, GONE BUT NOT OUT, cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd state of emergency


12.09.10. Demolished Simply Catering, WE'LL BE BACK, cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd state of emergency


12.09.10. Demolished Simply Catering, COFFEE & BAGELS sign, cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd quake state of emergency

Back on Manchester St, Leah looked at quake damaged bldgs I'd seen earlier that afternoon. Rubberneckers had increased.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


12.09.10. Yellow stickered Manchester St door, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes.


12.09.10. GLASS HAZ, SBS Bank, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Sanitized demolition site, TVNZ news site during the state of emergency, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St. The bldg was demolished within 2 months


12.09.10. Red stickered, The Bead Shop, Manchester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


12.09.10. Rubberneckers, Manchester St, north view, state of emergency. Excepting Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) mid left, most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


12.09.10. Quake fired Pills For Thrills, Worcester St, state of emergency. The bldg was demolished


12.09.10. Fire Rescue, quake damaged Octagon Restaurant (Trinity Church) Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Fence cordoned design & arts college, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged chair, French restaurant, Worcester St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Cathedral Junction, Worcester St, state of emergency. Cathedral Junction survived the 2011 quakes

A couple of days ago, Cathedral Junction was crawling with quake state of emergency cops & NZDF soldiers. I hadn't seen a cop nor soldier in the CBD all Sunday afternoon. Risible how cops & soldiers took Sunday afternoon off during the so-called state of emergency, such professional integrity. If I was a quake looter, Sunday afternoon would be the easiest time to loot.

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


12.09.10. Quake cracked paving stone, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency


12.09.10. Quake damaged Base Backpackers, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. All bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Base Backpackers quake sign, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. Base Backpackers was demolished post 2011 quakes


12.09.10. Saints & Sinners bar closed, Cathedral Sq, state of emergency. The bar was demolished post 2011 quakes

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Janet (RSA): I've been very interested reading your accounts of happenings in NZ - must have been pretty scary - we don't know what part of the world will be next, but pleased to hear there hasn't been any loss of life so far. Love to you & Leah from us in SA. September 12 at 1.45 am.

Mark: Thanks Janet. Been a scary week for Cantabrians. We became dazed after a while, riding the aftershocks & got on with living, otherwise sickness / mental health problems will follow.

My therapy, Facebook & getting out each day, seeing & coolpixing as much damage & huge intact areas as possible, before damage gets demolished, or fixed & buried in BS. Leah works & socializes, sons socialize, we all cope in different ways. Schools starting next week, state of emergency hopefully over soon. Many clean ups, demolitions & damage repairs. Citizens shopping, businesses relocating if damaged, business as usual if possible, very polite & friendly, good road manners for a change. Flashes of grief, tears & anger from some, including me, "normal" responses to shock & crisis. September 12 at 7.59 am.

Mark: Aftershock cat monitor: Our Korean friend says she knows when an aftershock is coming, as her cat gets spooked seconds before every aftershock. September 12 at 8.02 am.

Cassidy (Aus): Cats are very aware of these things. September 12 at 1.11 pm.

Mark: Must have better hearing than me. September 13 at 3.35 pm.

[As I'm deaf, post 04.09.10 quake, I found our cat Flair a good aftershock monitor. When we were in the same room with an aftershock imminent, curled up asleep Flair would wake, raise her head, open her eyes, pull her ears back: a sign to me an aftershock was coming. Her ears stayed back until aftershock shaking & rumbling was over, then she settled again].

Mark: More aftershocks. Saw Coptic Church, Edgeware Rd damage. Jake's old rental house 464 Manchester St OK. Saw Papanui Rd, Cranford St, Sherborne St, Bealey Ave, Victoria St house - business wrecks & demolition rubble. Saw Riccarton Rd / Rotherham St cordon while demolition rubble was removed. Saw Jake's old Fox & Ferret gastro pub work, Rotherham St OK. Westfield Riccarton shops OK: people scoffing McDonald's in the food mall. September 12 at 9.07 am.

Mark: Halswell: Sons' Oakland Primary is OK. Leah's Halswell School gates are padlocked & danger taped. Liquefaction mud piles on cracked pavement, deep road cracks in front of school. Student gang dug mud by School Rd. Liquefaction mud on rugby field, mud on path by classes. Liquefaction mud by Kennedys Bush Rd, road cracks & padlocked gate behind school. Manhole mud / slumping damage near Cashmere Rd. September 12 at 9.19 am.

[Liquefaction volcanoes or liquefaction boils are terms for liquefaction mud mounds, which describes the shape of mud on the soil surface, but doesn't describe the slimy, oozing, quick sand feel of liquefaction mud when wet, nor the gritty texture when dry, nor the grey colour, nor gritty dust (like brick dust) when blown around.

I saw big heaps of liquefaction mud which had been dug away from gardens, curbs & driveways & deposited on pavements & roadsides all over Chch, wherever there was underground water & thick silt, especially swamp, riverside & estuary suburbs like New Brighton, Bexley, Dallington, Avonside.]

Mark: Halswell: Kennedys Bush Rd, huge liquefaction mud pile on roadside by Melrose Farm, men, women with spades & front end loader digging mud. Cashmere Rd, big road cracks, road damage by Wagonstays, leaning electric pole supported by big concrete block. September 12 at 9.28 am.

Bruce (RSA): Hey, hope u r OK over there? September 12 at 9.34 am.

Mark: OK here Bruce, bit scruffy & dirty from all my mud walks, but we survived. September 12 at 9.49 am.

Alan (UK): Sounds hectic, haven't seen much on telly here though. September 12 at 9.58 am.

Mark: Been high on adrenalin for 8 days Alan. Heard that UK telly was slack. Chch got a support message from the queen though. September 12 at 10.10 am.

Craig (RSA): Hope you guys are OK, post some pics so that we can get to understand the real extent of what is happening. There is very little news on what is happening there. September 12 at 8.12 am.

Mark: Family OK thanks Craig. Will do. Finally decided like Forrest Gump to stop. Have wandered Chch streets for 10 days, hardly scratched the surface, but I've taken many pics. Will put them on my blog & some on Facebook, must do some editing now, then uploading.

Although everyone was shaken in the quake, there are many aftershocks, ongoing... amazingly there are vast areas of Chch undamaged by the quake, some old bldgs stood up OK & most modern, wooden bldgs survived well, thankfully most of Chch are the latter now. I've yet to see any corrugated iron roofs quake damaged. [Saw one a day later]. Roof tiles, slates & brick chimneys were thrown off all over Chch. Braced chimneys did OK too i.e. quake proof bldg methods enabled wooden bldgs to survive, modern high rises did well too. Bldg inspectors still busy checking bldgs everywhere.

Soggy suburbs near rivers, streams & swamps were badly hit by liquefaction mud which shoves up mounds from underground, pushed up by seismic waves & ground water [slumping & hollowing too, due to quake compaction of soil particles, especially by riversides]. Saw contractors this morning pumping water out of a road hole by Fifield Tce, Heathcote River, before they could get in to work on water pipes, dangerous work after recent rains & liquefaction.

I haven't looked at many hill suburbs, confining myself to examining places I knew & where we lived, but it seems most quake damage was on the plains where there's underground water, i.e. water, any water & quakes are a dangerous, destructive combo. Fortunately the quake was land based with epicentre & aftershocks inland from Chch. God help us if it quaked offshore, tsunami then. We're also lucky the quake was early morning, 4.35 am, so few were at work, socializing, at school, etc.

Generally old, brick bldgs & stone bldgs did badly & were shaken to bits by the quake, especially the tops of bldgs, [& loose pavement awnings] a whip like effect. Any bldg, even new ones, did badly by rivers, streams & swampy ground, enabling liquefaction to cause mud & crack damage. Yet I drove through a new suburb Aidanfield on boggy ground yesterday & couldn't see any damage. Maybe the soil type contributes to liquefaction?

[Huge areas of Chch are built on uncompacted, floodplain silt. The silt liquefied in the presence of water & quake shaking].

Plants have adapted well to quakes. I haven't seen any quake fallen trees anywhere. September 13 at 3.34 pm.

Mark: 40 Nottingham Ave, Halswell, where our sons grew up: house OK. Liquefaction mud in road gutters, mud piles on roadside. Dried mud at Gore St junction & in gutters by shops, gritty & dusty. Nottingham Ave: 2 liquefaction mud mounds in a front garden with 2 gnomes on top; a garden wall collapsed on pavement with a sign: WHO DID IT? Saturday 12 at 9.39 am.

Louise (RSA): I love people with a sense of humour, it's what gets you thru life. September 13 at 2.06 am.

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