Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Tuesday 14.09.10. Day 11 after Christchurch Quake. Bldgs, Streets & Poplar St

Tuesday 14.09.10. State of Emergency. Day 11 after Christchurch Quake: some streets & bldgs including Poplar St.

A day of random quake pics around Christchurch. After driving Luke to his bldg site work at St Martins, I stopped at Papanui Rd, Merivale to coolpix post quake bldg repairs, like the Chinese Methodist Church. Returning from St Martins, I coolpixed a quake damaged Watham Rd bldg less than 50 m from Jake's flat.

Images, quake damaged Rugby St & Papanui Rd:


14.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church, Rugby St, state of emergency. The quake crushed van was removed. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The Church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15


14.09.10. Crane doing post quake repairs, Chinese Methodist Church, Rugby St, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15


14.09.10. NO red stickered Chinese Methodist Church door, Rugby St, state of emergency.


14.09.10. Steeple roof removed from quake damaged tower, for repairs to steeple, Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15


14.09.10. Quake damaged Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15


14.09.10. Bldg inspectors & grounded steeple roof, Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15


14.09.10. Grounded steeple roof & quake rubble, Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15

The Chinese Methodist Church steeple roof, supported by slings attached to concrete blocks, stayed grounded for years. Post 22.02.11 quake, the Chinese Methodist Church hall was demolished. The church was demolished Jul-Aug 2013. A new church was built on site 2014-15.

Images of quake damaged Papanui Rd & Aikmans Rd:


14.09.10. Black & blue tarps on quake damaged roofs, Papanui Rd, state of emergency


14.09.10. Quake damaged Villa Antiques, brick wall, despite quake reinforcement, Papanui Rd, state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


14.09.10. Quake damaged Villa Antiques, Papanui Rd state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


14.09.10. DANGER ABOVE quake damaged two fat indians, Papanui Rd state of emergency. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


14.09.10. House of Travel quake sign, Papanui Rd state of emergency


14.09.10. Quake bent Aikmans Rd sign by House of Travel, Merivale, state of emergency. House of Travel was repaired, continued business, was taken over by Quinns post 22.02.11 quake, then demolished

Corner Papanui Rd / Aikmans Rd, quake damaged House of Travel, a hand written sign in a window read:

WE HAVE LOCATED AT HOUSE OF TRAVEL
NORTHLANDS, NORTHLANDS MALL OFF MAIN
NORTH ROAD...

ANY DELIVERIES PLEASE TAKE TO
TRAITEURS.

                       THANKS
                                  ANNE & BETH

Six weeks later during repairs to House of Travel I found an Aikmans Rd sign in a rubbish bin on Aikmans Rd. People were moving on. Some wanted to forget about the quake, some wanted quake reminders, like the Moorhouse Ave stopped clock face on the old station clock tower. Some felt the stopped clock would be a good tourist attraction.

After mayor Parker restarted clock faces, leaving one face stopped as a quake reminder, the clock didn't keep good time.

Images, quake damaged Wilsons Rd:


14.09.10. Quake damaged ceiling, St Martins New World, Wilsons Rd, state of emergency. St Martins New World was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake, demolished & rebuilt


14.09.10. St Martins New World door, Wilsons Rd, state of emergency. St Martins New World was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake, demolished & rebuilt


14.09.10. Quake sign, St Martins New World, Wilsons Rd, state of emergency. St Martins New World was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake, demolished & rebuilt

A St Martins New World glass door sign read:

     Dear Customers,

Due to the earthquake in 
Christchurch the supply 
of certain products will 
be affected. We are 
working hard to restore 
normal supply as quickly 
         as possible. 

       We apologise 
  for any inconvenience

     NEW WORLD

Images, quake damaged Waltham Rd:


14.09.10. Quake damaged Paintball & Martial Arts, Waltham Rd, state of emergency. Three months post quake this bldg was fenced, but no clean up nor repairs had happened. 5 months post quake, ditto. Bldg was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake


14.09.10. Close up of quake damaged parapet, Martial Arts, Waltham Rd, state of emergency. Three months post quake this bldg was fenced, but no clean up nor repairs had happened. 5 months post quake, ditto. Bldg was more damaged by the 22.02.11 quake

I drove to Christchurch CBD & coolpixed John Burns bldg, Lichfield St. Cars parked below John Burns bldg were crushed by falling debris. Like old, brick bldgs I'd seen in Colombo St, Sydenham, John Burns brick facade had separated from side walls. Quake detached, brick facades would prove lethal in the 22.02.11 quake, as the quake caused more brick facades to collapse in the CBD. John Burns bldg was repaired, but was further damaged by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished.

I wandered to nearby Poplar Street's old, brick bldgs, undamaged by the quake. Two years before the quake, Jake flatted at Poplar Mews in Poplar St. The old brick bldg gave me the creeps, as Jake & girlfriend flatted on the second floor without adequate fire escape & I feared they'd be incinerated if a fire happened. Night life was great though, noisy bars below & Council was constructing a tram line extension to go down Poplar St.

Poplar St, brick bldgs survived the 04.09.10 quake, but were trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & were demolished in 2012.

Images, quake damaged Lichfield St:


14.09.10. Two quake crushed cars, Lichfield St / Tuam St car park, state of emergency


14.09.10. John Burns & Co cleaned up post quake, Lichfield St, state of emergency. John Burns was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


14.09.10. John Burns & Co cleaned up, no quake rubble on Lichfield St pavement, state of emergency. John Burns was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


14.09.10. Close up of John Burns & Co quake damaged parapet, Lichfield St, state of emergency. Brick facade separated from side wall. John Burns was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Images, quake damaged Poplar St:


14.09.10. State of emergency Tuam St northern view of Poplar St, undamaged by the 04.09.10 quake. Poplar St was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012


14.09.10. State of emergency Ash St view of Poplar Mews, Poplar St, undamaged by the 04.09.10 quake. Poplar St was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012. Pre quakes, Jake flatted on the second floor. No fire escapes


14.09.10. Green Sticker, Poplar Mews, Poplar St, state of emergency


14.09.10. State of emergency Poplar St sculpture & seats undamaged by the 04.09.10 quake. Poplar St was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012


14.09.10. Vespa Room undamaged by the 04.09.10 quake, Poplar St, state of emergency. Poplar St was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012

Poplar St fencing during the quake state of emergency was due to tram rail construction, nothing to do with 04.09.10 quake damage.


14.09.10. Vespa Room notice & lamp shade, Poplar St, state of emergency. Poplar St was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012


14.09.10. Pub signs, Poplar St, quake state of emergency. Poplar St was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished in 2012


14.09.10. Poplar St sculpture & pub, state of emergency. The sculpture & bldgs survived the 2011 quakes


14.09.10. Poplar St view of pubs & Lichfield St, state of emergency. The sculpture, white & blue bldgs survived the 2011 quakes. The rest of the bldgs in the pic were demolished

Although Poplar St was undamaged by the 04.09.10 quake, around the corner in Lichfield St several bldgs were quake damaged & a car was crushed by quake toppled bricks.

There was Council confusion in green & yellow stickering of shops in the same brick bldg. Some shops were yellow stickered - no entry, some shops were green stickered - entry OK. Only an idiot would enter a green stickered shop with a yellow stickered shop next door in the same bldg. Muddled Council inspections led to deaths in the 22.02.11 quake, with people in quake damaged bldgs when the bldgs should've been closed.


14.09.10. Quake state of emergency bldg inspector inspecting Poplar St bldgs. The white bldg survived the 2011 quakes, but the rest of the bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


14.09.10. Poplar St signs, state of emergency. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


14.09.10. Poplar St east view of Tuam St, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, all bldgs in the pic were demolished


14.09.10. Yellow stickered Nails Nails and Beauty Therapy, Poplar St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Green stickered Sugar Sugar, Poplar St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Yellow stickered shop window, Poplar St, state of emergency


14.09.12. Green stickered C1 window, Poplar St, state of emergency


14.09.10. C1 quake notice, Poplar St, state of emergency. Post 22.02.11 quake, C1 relocated to Tuam St outside the red zone cordon, then relocated to the old PO down the road, next to Alice in Videoland

A chalk message on a C1 wall read:

C1 will be back soon. 
Keep an eye on our 
website & facebook. 
We hope you & your 
family are safe & well.

Post 22.02.11 quake, C1 relocated to nearby Tuam St outside the red zone, then relocated to the old PO next to Alice in Videoland, cnr Tuam St & High St.


14.09.10. Poplar St door, state of emergency


14.09.10. Green stickered Sushi, Poplar St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Poplar St doors & window, state of emergency


14.09.10. Yellow stickered door, Poplar St, state of emergency

I'd seen enough green, yellow & red stickers on bldgs over the last few days to wonder what Council engineers / Civil Defence bldg inspectors were playing at doing only exterior inspections? Poplar St was an example of rapid bldg inspection incompetence, a short street in one CBD block, yet on the same old, brick bldg there were either green or yellow stickers, sometimes a green sticker on one shop door, then a yellow sticker next door. Days ago, I'd seen the same confusion with a yellow sticker and a green sticker on the same glass door by McKenzie Willis, St Asaph St. Small print on green stickers read:

This building has received a brief inspection only. While no apparent structural or other safety hazards have been found, a more comprehensive inspection of the exterior and interior may reveal safety hazards...

Please ensure the owners are advised of this notification. Owners are encouraged to obtain a detailed structural engineering assessment of the building as soon as possible. Report any unsafe conditions to the Territorial Authority. Subsequent events causing damage may change this assessment. Re-inspection may be required. Secondary damage (partitions, windows, fittings, furnishings) may be hazardous. Electrical and mechanical equipment, gas connections, water supplies and sanitary facilities have not been inspected...

Therein lay the doomed path to complacency & greed. Pre quakes, I was spooked when entering Poplar Mews, a fire hazard, without fire escapes. Poplar St was flanked by dangerous, old, brick bldgs, not entirely fence cordoned, despite some bldg sections being yellow stickered. The only fence cordon was by a recently laid tram line. CBD bldg owners wouldn't bother to fence off dangerous bldgs, as Xmas holiday trade was imminent & business as usual was desired. That slack attitude to public safety prevailed in the CBD.

So citizens & tourists would be encouraged into the CBD despite shoddy inspections of dangerous bldgs. The lethal 22.02.11 quake would prove how incompetent bldg inspections were & how greedy bldg owners were & how complacent citizens were. Rapid inspections by Council & engineers lulled public until a false sense of security. Bldg owners who didn't bother to get their bldgs assessed post Sept 4 & Boxing Day quakes were criminal. I never heard any complaints about rapid inspections stickering of bldgs post 04.09.10 & 26.12.10 quakes.

I wandered along Tuam St, past High St crossing & watched a quake trashed bldg in Manchester St being demolished. The demolition site became a car park.

Images, quake damaged Tuam St & High St:


14.09.10. Tuam St view down High St, state of emergency. Background right: Hotel Grand Chancellor trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Alice in Videoland left survived 2011-2012 quakes & was the first High St shop to reopen in the red zone, Mar 2012. Post 2011 quakes, all high rises in the pic were demolished. All bldgs on the right of the pic were demolished too


14.09.10. Workman on a quake damaged roof, High St state of emergency. Hotel Grand Chancellor behind, trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


14.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs, cnr High St / Tuam St, state of emergency. Shipping containers protected traffic from aftershock hazards


14.09.10. Close up of quake damaged bldg, despite quake reinforcement, cnr High St / Tuam St, state of emergency

Images, quake demolition, Manchester St:


14.09.10. Digger demolishing a quake damaged bldg, Manchester St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Digger demolishing a roof, Manchester St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Digger raking quake debris, Manchester St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Digger lifting a demolished roof truss, Manchester St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Digger bashing a roof truss, Manchester St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Almost completely demolished bldg, Manchester St, state of emergency

I drove down Tuam St & coolpixed a quake trashed bldg with upper brick walls ripped off by the quake, exposing roof trusses. A windrow of bricks lay behind a fence cordon, after a digger had cleared the bricks away from the road. I saw that type of quake destruction to many old, brick bldgs - bottom of brick walls OK, but upper brick walls toppled.

Images, quake damaged Tuam St:



14.09.10. Quake trashed bldg (demolished) Tuam St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Close up left front of a quake trashed bldg (demolished) Tuam St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Close up middle front of a quake trashed bldg (demolished) Tuam St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Close up of roof trusses, quake trashed bldg (demolished) Tuam St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Close up right front of a quake trashed bldg (demolished) Tuam St, state of emergency

I drove to Meridian office, Manchester St to pay my electricity bill.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St & Main Nth Rd:


14.09.10. Quake damaged Meridian entrance, Manchester St, state of emergency. Meridian bldg was damaged by the 22.02.11 quake

12.10.10. Letter from Meridian read:

We've come through a month when we've all had to deal with some extraordinary challenges...

Our Manchester St Energy Centre was not spared damage and disruption from the big shake and this, coupled with large numbers of calls, has meant we're not always able to pick up the phone as quickly as we'd like...

In the meantime, we're extending the price freeze we've had in place this year for six months. And we'll continue to take a compassionate and flexible approach to those who find themselves in difficulty.

I drove to St Josephs Catholic Church, corner Main Nth Rd & Vagues Rd. The church was brick construction, a brick gable toppled onto a lower roof, which was covered in a black tarp.


14.09.10. Quake damaged St Joseph's Catholic Church, cnr Vagues Rd / Main Nth Rd, state of emergency


14.09.10. Quake damaged St Joseph's Catholic Church with grey tarp, cnr Vagues Rd / Main Nth Rd, state of emergency


14.09.10. Quake damaged St Joseph's Catholic Church, Main Nth Rd, state of emergency

Late afternoon I drove down Barbadoes St to pick up Luke at his bldg site work. I consulted Luke about the latest bldg terms.

Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St, Kilmore St & St Asaph St:


14.09.10. Scaffolding & repairs to a quake damaged bldg, Barbadoes St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Close up of workmen repairing a quake damaged parapet, Barbadoes St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Bracing of unstable shop wall, cnr Barbadoes St / Kilmore St, state of emergency. 5 months post quake, the bracing was still there.


14.09.10. Red stickered door, Kilmore St, state of emergency


14.09.10. NO GO quake damaged bldg, Kilmore St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Demolished bldg, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St, state of emergency. Green bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks

After demolition, rubble lay at a Barbadoes St / St Asaph St corner demolition site for weeks. Christchurch CBD was soon scarred with razed sites, some rubbled a long time, some soon cleared.


14.09.10. Close up of demolition, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Close up of demolition, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St, state of emergency. Christchurch Catholic Cathedral dome behind. Green bldg right was demolished after Boxing Day quakes


14.09.10. Quake demolition site, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St, state of emergency. Green bldg was demolished after Boxing Day quakes


14.09.10. Quake demolition debris, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St, state of emergency


14.09.10. DANGER! - KEEP OUT & quake door notice: "Dojo closed..." Barbadoes St, state of emergency


14.09.10. Christchurch Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, St Asaph St view, state of emergency. Twin towers collapsed & dome tower cracked in the 22.02.11 quake. The RC cathedral was part deconstructed while stacked, shipping containers stopped the front facade & side walls collapsing

Before the 04.09.10 quake, Christchurch City Council paid for quake reinforcements to Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament. As Christchurch Catholic Cathedral was damaged during the 7.1 magnitude, 04.09.10 quake, it was closed for more quake reinforcements. Aftershocks caused more damage to the twin towers, which collapsed in the 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3 quake.

Thereafter for years, the RC Cathedral was fence cordoned & part deconstructed, stone by stone: Dome removed by crane, stacked shipping containers supporting the front facade & transept walls, stopping more collapse, while traffic rumbled by on Barbadoes St & St Asaph St.

FACEBOOK.

Mark: I suggest National MP Gerry Brownlee buys a liquefaction damaged house at Bexley Wetland at pre-quake price, as ex-woodwork teacher Brownlee opines that people with liquefaction damaged houses shouldn't make hasty decisions to leave, [already left, I saw] as that may reduce property values & affect neighbours' property values. Brownlee reckons new liquefaction technology [bashing soil to compact it, then infilling the hole] used at Pegasus town development could save damaged properties. September 14 at 12.15 pm.

Mark: Correction of quake rumour: Jake's Poplar Mews flat, Poplar St, wasn't quake destroyed. A nearby Lichfield St bldg's facade toppled, crushing a car. As the area was cordoned off for over a week, this morning I walked Poplar St where Jake's former 2nd floor flat, boutique shops & pubs were all undamaged due to iron rod reinforcement of the old brick bldgs. September 14 at 12.23 pm.

Mark: Narrowest quake escape, Esslemont family: This morning (11th day after) I looked at the old Paintball & Mixed Martial Arts brick bldg, Waltham Rd, behind Jake's present wooden flat, less than 100 m away. Top corner of the old brick bldg had quake collapsed into Waltham Rd. Jake & girlfriend fled in the night, during the quake, to her parents' home. Safer. September 14 at 12.37 pm.

Sheila (RSA): Oh my word, surely this earthquake has munched enough. Your updates are so appreciated Mark. So happy you are all safe. September 14 at 3.10 pm.

Cherryn Paige (RSA): Me too. Happy you are safe - scary stuff. September 15 at 7.56 am.

Mark: Another aftershock after midnight last night. Luke asleep, Leah felt it, I reckon another 5 mag, lost count of them now - rumbled, grumbled, shook & creaked our house. Cat sat up, looked wild, then relaxed & went back to sleep. We're all getting used to aftershocks. Some people go on holiday to get away for a while. According to experts aftershocks from a 7.1 quake go on for weeks while the earth fidgets, snaps & grumbles. September 15 at 3.50 pm.

Andrew (RSA): Crazy will stay put in East London, seems a lot safer. September 15 at 9.15 am.

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