Sunday, October 10, 2010

Thursday 09.09.10. Day 6 after Christchurch Quake. Damaged Streets, Buildings & Riccarton Road

Thursday 09.09.10. State of Emergency. Day 6 after Christchurch Quake, a gloomy wet day: some city streets, bldgs & Riccarton Rd.

After wandering quaked Christchurch for 5 state of emergency days, I slowed down a bit, as I no longer gushed adrenalin. My quake shaken body was returning to normal metabolism, despite daily aftershocks.

I still needed to record what I saw vanishing & recording authorities' planning & mistakes during the state of emergency, while "normal" laws were shelved & "normal" people were implied criminals, burglars & looters by cops, soldiers & Civil Defence.

Wednesday 08.09.10, I'd coolpixed Riccarton Rd quake damaged bldgs while wandering down Riccarton Rd from Westfield Mall main entrance to The National Bank, corner Riccarton Rd & Clarence St. Next day, Thursday 09.09.10, I wandered Riccarton Rd again & those bldgs were demolished.

Civil Defence used several means to deter normal people from quake damaged homes, businesses & work places: plethora of taped & fenced off areas; saturation coverage in the media - newspapers, TV & radio; curfews; military cordons; closure of educational institutions; discouraging rubbernecking; discouraging driving around; discouraging visiting suburbs beyond your home suburb; discouraging viewing quake damaged towns like Kaiapoi; red, yellow or green bldg inspector stickers on businesses & homes; condemning & boarding up state housing & relocating residents, like at New Brighton; professional counselling; bright Hi Vis vests worn by officials - orange, yellow, green; all for public safety of course.

Who checked decisions made by state of emergency Civil Defence, engineers, USAR / TF, fire service, cops, military & those who doled out dollars for quake damages - EQC & insurers?

The snag with the sticker system of bldg checks was that once a bldg was red stickered it was doomed to limbo or demolition. Malignant red stickered bldgs also doomed bldgs nearby which could be green or yellow stickered. Who in their right mind would want to live or shop near an unstable, red stickered bldg ready to collapse?

State of emergency clean ups, demolitions & repairs continued.

I drove to Jake's flat, Waltham Rd, behind the Honda chop shop. Along the way, I coolpixed quake damage at Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd / Victoria St crossing. On my way back I looked at quake damage on Riccarton Rd near Rotherham St, where Jake had worked at Fox & Ferret gastro pub, undamaged by the quake.

Images, quake damaged Heaton St & Rhodes St:


09.09.10. Quake damaged garden wall, cnr Heaton St / Rossall St. Wall became more damaged by serial quakes


09.09.10. Quake toppled garden wall, Rhodes St. Dr Andreas Konecny & Dr Manfred Kandler used this pic in a research publication, comparing ancient & modern, quake fallen walls in ancient Roman Carnuntum & modern Christchurch. Carnuntum was devastated in a 360 AD quake

Images, quake damaged Carlton Mill Rd:


09.09.10. Quake buckled Carlton Mill Rd, repaired within a week


09.09.10. Magnolia & quake toppled brick wall, Carlton Mill Rd. The wall was repaired then serial quake damaged


09.09.10. Quake toppled brick wall, Carlton Mill Rd

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


09.09.10. Quake damaged old Carlton Hotel, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd. Badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & soon demolished. Post 2011 quakes, a new Burger King was built on Carlton Hotel site


09.09.10. Quake damaged Burger King / Carlton Hotel, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd. Badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & soon demolished. Post 2011 quakes, a new Burger King was built on Carlton Hotel site

Corner Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd, on a Carlton Hotel, cordon fence a sign read:

CARLTON IS
OPEN

Luke enjoyed buying burgers at Carlton Hotel / Burger King bldg & several times during post quake weeks, while the bldg was in an unstable condition, business as usual, we bought burgers there. The quake damaged parapet corner was soon tightly strapped with a sling against aftershocks. Nearly 3 months post quake, scaffolding was erected & repairs began.

Whenever I entered a dangerous bldg, like Burger King, or was near a dangerous bldg, I got a creepy feeling. My attitude to dangerous bldgs had irrevocably changed, especially old, brick or stone bldgs & high rise bldgs.


09.09.10. Quake damaged Burger King / Carlton Hotel, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd. Badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & soon demolished. Post 2011 quakes, a new Burger King was built on Carlton Hotel site


09.09.10. Fenced off Burger King / Carlton Hotel, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd. Badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & soon demolished. Post 2011 quakes, a new Burger King was built on Carlton Hotel site

Carlton Hotel stayed fenced off for weeks post quake, narrowing Bealey Ave & slowing traffic. Quake damaged buildings & roads all over Christchurch were fenced off, causing traffic jams. People generally observed good road sense post quake, with polite driving. Except for the $80 speed fine I got for driving 61 kms / hour in a 50 km / hour zone on Wairakei Rd near home.

I bet cops did nothing about the violent goon who'd rear-ended my car on Clyde Rd some months before, & drove off, with me having to pull him over further on. I reported the matter to cops, but have heard nothing since. Reporting meant nothing, as cops only investigated if a formal complaint was made. (The goon was a tall, Sonny Bill Williams doppelganger).


09.09.10. Quake damaged parapet, Carlton Hotel, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd. Badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & soon demolished. Post 2011 quakes, a new Burger King was built on Carlton Hotel site

During the national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake, One News had 3 porta-cabins & equipment in a car park opposite Carlton Hotel, Papanui Rd side. One News did their TV news broadcasts from there each day. Carlton Hotel corner parapet was demolished after a week into the state of emergency, as it was tilted, unstable & dangerous. Post 2011 quakes, a new Burger King was built on Carlton Hotel demolition site.


09.09.10. Quake damaged Bealey Ave / Victoria St crossing bldgs. Knox Presbyterian Church was trashed by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake, walls peeled off, exposing wooden arches. Knox Church was visual pollution for 3 years with wooden arches exposed to the elements. Knox Church was restored in 2014 with copper wall panels


09.09.10. Quake damaged Knox Presbyterian Church roof, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St. The church's roof & gables were extensively damaged. Knox Church was trashed by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake. A Jap TV crew camped in a brown minibus on the road island opposite Knox Church during the national state of emergency


09.09.10. Quake damaged Saggio di vino, cnr Bealey / Victoria St. Bldg was soon scaffolded, outer wall stripped off & rebuilt. Victoria St bldg behind was also quake damaged, soon demolished. Saggio di vino was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


09.09.10. Daffodils & quake damaged bldg, Bealey Ave


09.09.10. Close up of quake damaged bldg, Bealey Ave

Images, quake damaged Waltham Rd:


09.09.10. Quake damaged Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club, Waltham Rd. 3 months post quake the bldg was still damaged, no repairs. 5 months post quake, ditto. Severely damaged by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


09.09.10. Close up of quake damaged Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club wall, Waltham Rd. 3 months post quake the bldg was still damaged, no repairs. 5 months post quake, ditto. Severely damaged by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


09.09.10. Front facade of quake damaged Canterbury Mineral & Lapidary Club, Waltham Rd. 3 months post quake the bldg was still damaged, no repairs. 5 months post quake, ditto. Severely damaged by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


09.09.10. Honda chop shop, undamaged by quake, neatest place in town, Waltham Rd

Images, quake damaged Riccarton Rd:


09.09.10. GLASS ABOVE hazard after quake damage to bldgs, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged Gemtime Jeweller & nearby shop evacuation, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged Gemtime Jeweller & cop car, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged Gemtime Jeweller, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged shops & Thai restaurant, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged Thai restaurant, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged Flight Centre, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged shops & red bus, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Quake damaged shop, cnr Riccarton Rd & Rotherham St


13.09.10. Cleaned up shop fronts soon after the quake, Riccarton Rd


13.09.10. Cleaned up shop fronts, incl Gemtime Jeweller, soon after the quake, Riccarton Rd


09.09.10. Demolished shop by Browsers, Riccarton Rd / Rotherham St junction. Day before, bldg was standing when I wandered by


13.09.10. Demolished shop by Browsers & quake damaged shops, Riccarton Rd / Rotherham St junction


09.09.10. Demolished shops / Advanced Bldg estd 1923 & school van, Riccarton Rd. Day before, bldg was standing when I wandered by


09.09.10. Demolished shops / Advanced Bldgs estd 1923, by City of Ink, Riccarton Rd. Day before, bldg was standing when I wandered by


09.09.10. Demolished 90 Riccarton Rd. Day before, bldg was standing when I wandered by


13.09.10. Demolished 90 Riccarton Rd & fence

As shops on one side of Riccarton Rd were saved shortly after the quake & shops on the other side of Riccarton Rd were demolished shortly after the quake, I questioned: Did Riccarton Rd shops really need demolishing by Civil Defence & their gung-ho demolishers during the state of emergency?

As two-way Riccarton Rd was reputed to be the busiest South Island road, it could've easily become one-way, with more buildings saved, & traffic diverted.

A sign by Pak 'n Save read:

PAK N SAVE
RICCARTON
IS OPEN

Business as usual soon after quakes & aftershocks.


09.09.10. Pak 'n Save OPEN sign, cnr Riccarton Rd / Matipo St, as Westfield Riccarton, incl Pak 'n Save, was closed for days after the quake


09.09.10. Meat rubbished in Waste Management bin, after quake power cuts, cnr Rattray St / Riccarton Rd

FACEBOOK.

Mark: Thanks for the birthday wishes folks, some very amusing. Luke pointed out my birth date 8.9.10 September. Day off quake roaming today. Trying to catch up Facebook. Still stinking of swamp mud. Devastation images in my head. September 9 at 2.15 pm.

Maggie (RSA): Is the ground still rocking 'n rolling? September 10 at 9.08 am.

Mark: Yes Maggie about 2 aftershocks every hour, every day. September 11 at 8.17 am.

Mark: Saw McLaren International Claim Services bloke at Bush Inn yesterday. Bush Inn shops open. Riccarton Westfield shops closed. Many Chch sewage pipes broken. HireQuip loos at Avonside, Portaloos at Bexley. Luke's tech closed this week, like schools & varsities. Leah talked to a Chinese tourist, amazed no quake fatalities. Both agreed NZ's good bldg standards stopped fatalities. September 9 at 2.23 pm.

Mark: Quake vehicles: Civil Defence cars & fire engine with big aerials at Art Gallery HQ. Ambulances, fire engines, cop cars, troop vans. Orion electricity generator truck for 75 houses at NZTV & radio bldgs, artisan vans, City Care trucks, Fulton Hogan road trucks, cranes, cherry pickers, demolishers, excavators roaming Chch. September 9 at 2.32 pm.

Mark: Day 6 after quake: Aftershocks continue. Chch on swampland. State of emergency continues till next Wed. Cops & troops still guarding CBD cordons. I visited Mona Vale, chimney, roof damages; walked CBD shrunk cordon yesterday; & revisited Avonside damage. Saw more destruction & workmen doing bldg & road repairs. People dazed, 1000 yard stares. September 9 at 2.45 pm.

Mark: Thurs 6.28 pm: Big aftershock, our house shook & creaked. Average of 2 aftershocks / hour last 5.5 days (NZTV 6 pm news). September 9 at 7.07 pm.

Maggie: How far are you from all the drama? September 10 at 9.13 am.

Mark: Real Maggie, not drama, as close as death. September 11 at 8.14 am.

[Facebook trolls diminished & mocked our quake experiences. I used Facebook to let family & friends know what was happening, as phone & cell phone contacts were jammed]. 

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

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