Thursday 16.09.10. Day 13 after Christchurch Quake: Riccarton.
Christchurch quake state of emergency was over. I stopped coolpixing quake damages, as I'd seen enough damaged & demolished bldgs to last a lifetime. I'd seen enough repairs & demolitions which quickly changed some areas of Christchurch. Some areas were slower in demolitions & repairs.
In following weeks I'd see more quake damages, demolitions & repairs in Christchurch, but I refrained from coolpixing as I was emotionally & physically spent.
It was an overcast, cold morning, when I drove to Church Corner, Riccarton Rd / Yaldhurst Rd fork, to coolpix quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church. When we'd arrived in Christchurch 15 years ago, we'd stayed our first weekend at Riccarton Campsite opposite St Peter's Anglican Church.
The church was cordoned with red & yellow danger tapes, the east transept gable was toppled & church doors were yellow stickered.
A church door sign stated:
Nobody to go into the church without permission of the vicar.
Another door sign stated:
Wedding in Parish Hall.
Sunday Services also in Parish Hall.
It was a good place to end a quake journey, an Anglican church in Christchurch. But Facebook dialogue continued with friends & family for some time, as did aftershocks for years to come.
16.09.10. DANGER CIVIL DEFENCE Quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. Quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. DANGER Quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. Yellow stickered St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. Gargoyles & quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. Yellow stickered door, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. Red taped door, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
16.09.10. Church notices on door, quake damaged St Peter's Anglican Church, Riccarton, Christchurch
Mark: Today I drove down Moorhouse Ave for the first time since the quake: couple of old brick bldgs roof damaged. Containers lined the road before the old brick station clock tower, just in case... Looked at demolitions & cleanups on Riccarton Rd & St Peters Anglican Church: small gable damage, but unstable stone walls, gargoyles did well. September 16 at 10.20 am.
Mark: Luke & tech builder mates minibus toured quake damaged Lyttelton yesterday with their tutor who lives there. Discussion on damage to retaining walls, as Lyttelton is built on steep Port Hills slopes. 2 days post quake Luke & his builder boss repaired a quake damaged chimney on a Manchester St house, central Chch. September 16 at 1.37 am.
Mark: Christchurch quake state of emergency over yesterday, Wednesday. A cop & 2 soldiers sat in a car watching me for a long time while I took photos of road & garden damage near Locksley Ave by Avon River. Glad troops are gone from Chch streets. Sept 16 at 10.28 am.
Janet (NZ): Yes it must have been eerie and made the place look even more like a war zone / bomb site. I wonder if looting might get worse now though? Hope not. Talk of a big storm coming, must be a bit daunting to those in damaged houses. Sept 16 at 3.09 pm.
Alan (UK): Can you post some pics? Sept 16 at 6.09 am.
Mark: Janet those empty streets WERE like war zone / bomb site / ghost town streets, usually busy CBD one-ways. The more demolishing takes place daily, the more bomb sites. At the mo, lots of rubble sites are left before haul trucks cart rubble away. September 17 at 12.35 pm.
Mark: Alan editing my 1500+ Christchurch quake pics, taking time, but getting there. Will upload on internet in a few days. Thanks to those who commented & gave moral support & invitations. Much appreciated. Many thanks relatives & friends. September 17 at 12.21 pm.
Margie (NZ): Load a folder of them on FB too Mark. Look forward to reading & seeing all on your blog. September 17 at 9.41 pm.
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