Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Wednesday 08.09.10. Day 5 after Christchurch Quake, CBD State of Emergency Cordon

Wednesday 08.09.10. State of Emergency. Aftershock 5.1 magnitude. Day 5 after Christchurch Quake: CBD state of emergency cordon, some city streets & bldgs.

A memorable day, as I received many Facebook birthday wishes from family & friends, & walked Christchurch CBD state of emergency cordon again. Birthday celebrations were on hold for a month, as Jake was helping a friend shovel liquefaction silt from his home, Luke was out gawking quake damage with mates & Leah was shopping.

Both Luke & Leah enjoyed the unprecedented week's holiday provided for Christchurch education institutions by the quake state of emergency: all schools, techs, varsities closed, to be checked by building inspectors.

It was a long day for me: in addition to the shrinking CBD cordon, I coolpixed quake damages at Mona Vale, Riccarton Rd, Victoria St, Salisbury St, Montreal St & Avonside Dr.

Images of quake damaged Mona Vale & Riccarton Rd:


08.09.10. Quake damaged Mona Vale restaurant roof, off Fendalton Rd, state of emergency. Post 2011 quakes, Mona Vale was restored


08.09.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, international insurance assessor, Bush Inn mall, Riccarton Rd, checking quake claims, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake collapsed garden wall, Kilmarnock St nr Riccarton Rd, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged 90 Riccarton Rd, soon demolished, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Cartridge World / Advanced Bldgs estd 1923, Riccarton Rd, soon demolished, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg For Sale, next to Advanced Bldgs estd 1923, Riccarton Rd, soon demolished, state of emergency

Next day when, I wandered past demolished Riccarton Rd sites again & saw rubble heaps, I realized authorities like Civil Defence & USAR / TF were using the state of emergency to demolish quake damaged bldgs asap, for public safety reasons, never mind bldg owner's or tenants' permissions, or even telling them. (The Star).

Heritage fanatics' media song, "Heritage, HERITAGE, HERITAGE..." descanted by "Earthquake Builder" & "Heritage Builder" cheerleader signs all over Christchurch, & chorus line contractors rubbing their greasy thumbs against fingers in glee.

Heritage fanatics wanted to preserve rotten, old, Victorian heritage bldgs, but weren't prepared to put their money where their mouths were. Fanatics wanted owners of rotten, heritage bldgs to pay the quake damage bill, despite it being cheaper to demolish & replace with a new quake proof bldg. e.g. Ascot TV business in an old quake damaged brick bldg, Colombo St, Sydenham: Owner's insurance covered the cost of demolition & rebuild, but not tarting up the new bldg to look "old" Victorian again. The owner felt Council should pay for the extra if they wanted to retain his heritage bldg in Sydenham (The Press).

Images of quake damaged Cranmer Sq:


08.09.10. Wedding photos before quake damaged Cranmer Centre, Cranmer Sq, state of emergency. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Cranmer Centre, Montreal St, state of emergency. Metal quake proofing of gables useless. Tarp covered & wood braced within a week. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Close up of quake damaged roof, Cranmer Centre, Montreal St, state of emergency. Metal quake proofing of gables useless. Tarp covered & wood braced within a week. Cranmer Centre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Images of Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, between Gloucester St & Worcester Blvd:


08.09.10. Orange, Hi Vis vested, Civil Defence volunteers entering Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, Gloucester St entrance, state of emergency


08.09.10. Closed doors, public banned, Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, Montreal St doors, state of emergency


08.09.10. Closed doors, public banned, Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, Montreal St doors, state of emergency


08.09.10. Grey district Civil Defence car parked by Christchurch Art Gallery / Civil Defence HQ, Worcester Blvd, state of emergency

Images of quake damaged Armagh St, Gloucester St & Colombo St:


08.09.10. Returned Services Association door, green stickered, Armagh St, state of emergency. All Armagh St doors I passed were green stickered

It seemed quake bldg inspectors were completing bldg inspections in CBD cordons first, then fanning out into suburbs. Most of the bldgs I saw on Armagh St were green stickered.


08.09.10. Quake shattered windows, Colombo St, state of emergency. Broken windows were soon boarded up

I wandered Victoria Sq: All statues were OK, including the Boer War, Queen Victoria statue.


08.09.10. NZDF soldiers going to state of emergency cordon duty, cnr Cambridge Tce & Gloucester St, with Avon River willows leafing in spring

The state of emergency cordon had shrunk around Manchester St, allowing public into Cathedral Sq, with a bit of Cathedral Sq fenced off near public toilets, Southern Encounter bldg & the Visitors Centre.

The shrunken cordon I walked from Cathedral Sq was a rectangle along Colombo Street, turning left into St Asph St, turning left into Madras St & across Latimer Sq, turning left into Gloucester St & back to Colombo St, with quake devastated Manchester St in the middle of the cordon, parallel to Colombo St & Madras St.

It was an overcast, colder day since the sunny day I'd first walked the bigger cordon two days ago, & the CBD mood reflected that. The cordon was no longer a novelty with friendly NZDF soldiers & chatty cops. I found some cops overreacted & more overbearing & soldiers more watchful & less friendly compared with two days ago. I think they were bored & less inclined to be photographed.

Meanwhile citizens had to daily put up with surveillance by cop cameras in the CBD, like in Latimer Sq, speed cameras on roads, & all sorts of cctv in banks, shops, etc, so cops & soldiers had to be resilient too, inside their unique state of emergency cordon, under public scrutiny for a change, during the first state of emergency Christchurch ever had.

From Cathedral Sq, I wandered down Colombo St, cordon on my left, thinking that Christchurch mayor Bob Parker had already praised quake Cantabrians as being "resilient." The cordon had been strengthened with metal fencing instead of plastic tape I'd seen two days ago.


08.09.10. Yellow, Hi Vis jacketed cops & NZDF soldiers, High St / Colombo St crossing, state of emergency cordon. Deb Donnell used the pic in her 2 quake books Cafe Reflections & Responders, Keswin Publishing. Post 2011 quakes, most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.09.10. Cop disliking public scrutiny, Cashel St / Colombo St crossing, state of emergency cordon, The Crossing. Post 2011 quakes, the bldg was demolished

The Crossing cop's order: "I don't want you photographing me! You can only photograph buildings!" That was after he deliberately walked up to my raised camera, trying to intimidate me. What made him so special during the state of emergency, after many pics had already been taken of cops & military for days? Media was full of cop pics during the quake state of emergency. The Crossing indeed.


08.09.10. Cop & NZDF soldiers, Lichfield St / Colombo St crossing, by The Frontrunner, state of emergency cordon


08.09.10. Cop & NZDF soldiers, Lichfield St / Colombo St crossing, by Sushiland (red awning) state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.09.10. Lichfield St / Colombo St crossing, cop & NZDF soldiers below Sushiland, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most of the bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.09.10. Cop car & NZDF soldiers, cnr Tuam St / Colombo St, by Bean Bags & Beyond, state of emergency cordon. Bean Bags & beyond was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Quake damaged R&R Sport bldg, cnr Tuam St / Colombo St, state of emergency cordon. A month later R&R quake damaged wall was boarded up. R&R Sport was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Images of quake damaged St Asaph St:


08.09.10. Quake damaged Theme Basics, cnr St Asaph St / Manchester St, state of emergency cordon. A month later the bldg was still smashed with no repairs or demolition. 5 months post quake, bldg still fence cordoned, no repairs. Theme Basics was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


08.09.10. Quake damaged Theme Basics, cnr St Asaph St / Manchester St, state of emergency cordon. A month later the bldg was still smashed with no repairs or demolition. 5 months post quake, bldg still fence cordoned, no repairs. Theme Basics was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Most other bldgs in the pic were demolished too


08.09.10. Rubbernecker & cop, cnrs St Asaph St / Manchester St, by the drawing room, undamaged, state of emergency cordon


08.09.10. Cop & NZDF soldiers by the drawing room, undamaged, cnr St Asaph St / Manchester St, state of emergency cordon


08.09.10. St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon view of quake damage down Manchester St. Quake crushed car by Struthers Ln. Post 2011 quakes, all bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg, despite quake reinforcement, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, the bldg was demolished

Frequent quake damages: brick & concrete debris & rubble heaps on roads, pavements, car parks, came from toppled chimneys, toppled gables, toppled parapets fallen from roofs; collapsed pavement awnings; wall cracks & wholly or partially collapsed walls.

A rubbernecker looking for quake souvenirs offered me a brick. I declined. Later on, I found a chunk of roof lead, a good souvenir, on Worcester St Bridge. Quake souvenirs were abundant, as there was so much quake debris on streets. The rubbernecker hammed it up by lying on rubble, so his girlfriend took a quake "death" pic.

That hamming was amplified by authorities & media, congratulating themselves on no fatalities during the Sept 4 quake. It was hubris, forming a false sense of security in unstable bldgs, as many aftershocks & the lethal 22.02.11 quake would prove.


08.09.10. Confused bldg inspectors' green AND yellow inspection stickers on the same bldg, St Asaph St, state of emergency cordon


08.09.10. Cop inside, NZDF soldiers outside High St, state of emergency cordon, a more substantial, fenced cordon, compared to the taped, plastic barrier High St / St Asaph St / Madras St cordon two days ago. The CPIT bldg on High St survived the 2010-2013 quakes. Son Luke had attended music shows there

Images of quake damaged Madras St:


08.09.10. Business closed, quake damaged, red stickered Nurse Maude heritage bldg, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Aftershocks caused more damage. Nurse Maude was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

It cost just as much to reinforce & repair the ugly Nurse Maude heritage bldg as to demolish & rebuild. Easy choice for heritage fanatics, who didn't pay, not easy for the owner who paid. He lost business during the time the bldg was red stickered / being repaired / demolished & while Council, heritage fanatics & govt hemmed & hawed about heritage bldgs.

Multiply that out several thousand times & business confidence imploded during the quake aftermath, with people negatively affected by loss of business premises; search for safer / new business premises; stock & equipment losses; relocation; client & customer losses; working from home, back of trucks, Sunday markets...

Three months post quake, business rally, Town Hall: "A cash injection of up to $100 million is needed to keep earthquake affected businesses afloat a Christchurch retailer says." (The Press 30.11.10).


08.09.10. Shipping container before quake damaged Nurse Maude bldg, Madras St, in case aftershocks further damaged the bldg, state of emergency cordon. Aftershocks caused more damage. Nurse Maude was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Quake damaged Southern Blues Bar, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Southern Blues Bar was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Cops & NZDF soldiers, cnr Tuam St / Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Edward Gibbon bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged Edward Gibbon bldg, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Edward Gibbon bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged FACTORY OUTLET bldg, Madras St, with shipping containers in front, state of emergency cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Business closed, quake damaged red stickered FACTORY OUTLET bldg, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Quake damaged FOX bldg, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished, incl FOX


08.09.10. Roof damaged FOX bldg, Madras St, state of emergency cordon. Post 2011 quakes, FOX was demolished


08.09.10. Aftershock damage to old, brick stable, Madras St. Two days ago, the road was clear of debris. State of emergency cordon. The stable was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


08.09.10. Cnr Bedford Row / Madras St crawling with NZDF soldiers, state of emergency cordon. A month later Bedford Row by Manchester St was still fence cordoned. IR bldg right. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.09.10. Military vehicle, cnr Madras St / Cashel St, state of emergency cordon. St Paul's Trinity Pacific Presbyterian Church was scaffolded for repairs, trashed by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Pic was taken from the CTV bldg cnr, where the CTV bldg collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake, killing 115 people

Images of quake damaged Latimer Sq:


08.09.10. Military vehicle by Hereford St fenced cordon, Latimer Sq. Two days ago, the state of emergency cordon was plastic tape. Hotel Grand Chancellor, was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.09.10. Cops & NZDF soldiers, Worcester St / Latimer Sq, state of emergency cordon. Newstalk ZB was imploded in Aug 2012 to make way for NZ govt's, Blueprinted E Frame. Post 2011 quakes, most bldgs in the pic were demolished

Images of quake damaged Gloucester St:


0809.10. Orion electricity generator truck opposite TVNZ bldg, Gloucester St, state of emergency cordon


08.09.10. Cop car & NZDF soldiers, Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing, state of emergency cordon. Hotel Grand Chancellor behind, was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Post 2011 quake, most bldgs in the pic were demolished

Images of quake damaged Chester St West, Peterborough St & Salisbury St:


08.09.10. Quake damaged Methodist Church, despite quake reinforcement, cnr Chester St West / Durham St Nth, state of emergency. Aftershocks caused more damage. The Methodist Church collapsed during the 22.02.11 quake, killing 3 people. The Methodist Church was demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged Methodist Church side wall, despite quake reinforcement, cnr Chester St West / Durham St Nth, state of emergency. The Methodist Church collapsed during the 22.02.11 quake, killing 3 people. The Methodist Church was demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged The Weston House, cnr Peterborough St / Park Tce, state of emergency. The Weston House was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg, Salisbury St, outer brick wall collapsed, state of emergency. Many old brick houses had collapsed outer brick walls


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg, Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake debris, Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Salisbury St, state of emergency. A month later the quake damaged Salisbury St house had blue & grey plastic tarps covering the damaged wall, with old bricks neatly stacked beside the wall, awaiting repairs.

Images, quake damaged Victoria St:


08.09.10. Quake broken windows taped, Strategy bldg, Montreal St / Victoria St / Salisbury St intersection, state of emergency. A month later the windows were scaffolded & being re-glazed. Strategy bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Late afternoon shortage of cops, soldiers, Civil Defence: Only plastic tapes, cones & fencing across Victoria St, so I got unmolested shots of quake damaged bldgs in Victoria St & Salisbury St before demolition, sans cops, NZDF soldiers & Civil Defence, a change from CBD harassment.


08.09.10. Quake damaged The Caxton Press (cnr section later demolished) Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Close up, quake damaged, The Caxton Press (this cnr later demolished) Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Furniture on Victoria St, The Caxton Press, state of emergency.

Besides quake damaged roads & bldgs & CBD crawling with NZDF soldiers, cops, Civil Defence, building inspectors & rubberneckers, there were many unusual sights during the state of emergency: plethora of trucks & cranes in the CBD & men dangling in crane boxes high above bldgs; workmen on scaffolding & rooftops; workmen in road holes; roofs & chimneys bandaged with plastic tarps; plastic tape everywhere, across roads, doors & bldgs; plastic & metal fence barriers everywhere; shipping containers before buildings to stop falling debris...

Red, yellow, green inspection stickers on doors; yellow, red, orange, green, pink Urban Search & Rescue spray painted graffiti on doors, walls, pavements, roads; demolition diggers smashing bldgs; early boarding & wood & steel bracing on garden walls & bldg walls stopping collapse; furniture on pavements as people moved out...

Victoria St cafe owner sat at a pavement table & stared, no customers; others stared out of windows; others just stood & stared.


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Close up of quake cracked wall & loose electric wiring, Victoria St, state of emergency. Bldg soon demolished.


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Close up of quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Victoria St plastic coned & taped by workmen, quake state of emergency


08.09.10. Face at a Victoria St window, watching workmen, quake state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) opp Knox Presbyterian Church, Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Close up of quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) opp Knox Presbyterian Church, Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Carlton Massage & Vaughan Antiques (soon demolished) cnr Salisbury St / Victoria St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Close up of quake damaged Vaughan Antiques (soon demolished) cnr Salisbury St / Victoria St, state of emergency

Images, quake damaged Salisbury St:


08.09.10. Quake damaged Vaughan Antiques (soon demolished) Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Cheesemongers, Salisbury St, state of emergency, had to relocate & lose trade, due to quake damaged Carlton Massage parlour next door, both soon demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs (soon demolished) cnr Victoria St / Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Curtains blowing inside quake damaged bldg, despite closed windows, side walls & roof gone (soon demolished) cnr Victoria St / Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs (soon demolished) cnr Victoria St & Salisbury St, state of emergency

A post quake park developed on the demolition site, corner Victoria St & Salisbury St.


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg, Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Workman demolishing a quake damaged chimney, Salisbury St, state of emergency. A month later the chimney wall was boarded up

Images, quake damaged Montreal St & Kilmore St:


08.09.10. Quake damaged, stone, Cranmer Court, Montreal St, state of emergency. Badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake. Cranmer Court was demolished


08.09.10. Snapped off stone gable, despite quake reinforcement, Cranmer Court, Montreal St, state of emergency. Cranmer Court was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake toppled chimneys, Cranmer Court, Montreal St, state of emergency. Cranmer Court was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged, stone, Cranmer Court, cnr Montreal St / Kilmore St, state of emergency, gables taped against aftershocks. When I drove past 3 wks later, I saw birds flying in & out of the roof & broken gables. Cranmer Court was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged, stone, Cranmer Court, Kilmore St, state of emergency. Cranmer Court was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake damaged, stone, Cranmer Court, Kilmore St, state of emergency, with stone rubble on pavement. Cranmer Court was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished


08.09.10. Quake toppled chimney, Cranmer Court, Kilmore St, state of emergency. Cranmer Court was badly damaged by the 6.3 magnitude, 22.02.11 quake & demolished

I drove to Colombo St to see quake damaged bldgs between the state of emergency cordon & Bealey Ave.

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


08.09.10. Quake damaged Pretty Things (soon demolished) Colombo St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg (soon demolished) Colombo St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldgs (soon demolished) Colombo St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged bldg & toilet (soon demolished) Colombo St, state of emergency

An Asian couple, parked in their Mini, sat laughing hysterically at the toilet in the quake damaged "dolls house" above them, while Civil Defence workers stood nearby in orange, Hi Vis vests, earnestly discussing the destroyed bldg. I thought many earnest discussions & hysterical laughter went on in Christchurch during quake aftershocks.


08.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Colombo St, state of emergency. This old, wooden house was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished

I drove to Avon River, Avonside, by Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd / Linwood Ave crossing, which was damaged by liquefaction & burst water pipes. The crossing stayed hazardous for several weeks during aftershocks, due to liquefaction slumping & cracks in the roads, traffic island & pavements. Post 2011 quakes, most of Avonside Dr & River Rd would be red zoned by NZ govt / CERA.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


08.09.10. Broken & repaired water pipes due to liquefaction damage, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Avon River bank & cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged iron & concrete drain, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Avonside Dr cnr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Water pumping onto road due to liquefaction damage, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, state of emergency

Avonside Dr & nearby Avonside roads were badly damaged by liquefaction with silt inundations on roads near Avon River - water, silt & quake a bad combo. Gangs of students came along & shovelled silt into neat piles along roadsides for trucking away.

Many houses were without sewage connection for months & had to use portaloos. Avon River & Heathcote River were polluted with sewage for months, with WARNING signs nailed to trees along river banks.


08.09.10. WARNING CONTAMINATED WATER sign about sewage pollution in Avon River due to quake, Avonside Dr, state of emergency

As it was whitebait season & West Coast had a bad season, Aucklanders & Wellingtonians feared being sold Christchurch polluted whitebait at restaurants. I think they'd scoffed polluted whitebait for years, as Canterbury rivers were full of shit: Waimakariri R, Selwyn R, Kaiapoi R, Heathcote R, Avon R, Kaituna R...

You wouldn't find me fishing, swimming or kayaking in any of those rivers. On my Canterbury hill walks I'd seen lots of sheep dung & cow dung in river catchments.


08.09.10. Quake damaged Avon River bank & Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged drain, pavement & garden wall, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Avonside Dr view of liquefaction cracked River Road & Avon River bank slumping, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. NO GO over quake twisted Medway St Footbridge over Avon River, between River Rd & Avonside Dr, state of emergency. In 2013 Medway St Footbridge was dismantled for storage


08.09.10. Quake twisted Medway St Footbridge, between River Rd & Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Avonside Dr & Robson Ave, state of emergency. Concrete block supports leaning power pole


08.09.10. Liquefaction silt & damage to cnr Robson Ave / Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Robson Ave, silt graded away. Concrete block supports leaning power pole, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Avonside Dr, state of emergency. Concrete block supports leaning power pole


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged curb & pavement, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged pavement & driveway, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged drain shoved up above road surface, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged roadside, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.19. Liquefaction silt, Avon River bank, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Skateboarder leaping over liquefaction damaged concrete path, Avon River bank, Avonside Dr, state of emergency. (Pic laterally inverted)


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged concrete path, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged concrete drain leaning towards Avon River, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Workman fixing liquefaction damaged cables, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Workmen's vehicles for repairing liquefaction damaged Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake crack across Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Workman fixing liquefaction damaged cables, Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Avonside Dr, state of emergency


08.09.10. Workmen fixing liquefaction damage, cnr Avonside Dr / Morris St, state of emergency

I drove back to Burnside via Madras St. On the way I stopped to coolpix quake trashed, Simply Catering, which was soon demolished, corner Madras St & Salisbury St. Near home, I coolpixed Burnside HS, Greers Rd, temporary accommodation for quake displaced people.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


08.09.10. Quake damaged Simply Catering (soon demolished) cnr Madras St / Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Simply Catering (soon demolished) cnr Madras St / Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Simply Catering (soon demolished) cnr Madras St / Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake damaged Simply Catering (soon demolished) cnr Madras St / Salisbury St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Quake rubble, Simply Catering (soon demolished) cnr Salisbury St / Madras St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Twisted metal & quake rubble, Simply Catering (soon demolished) Madras St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Twisted metal, quake rubble & green bus, Simply Catering (soon demolished) Madras St, state of emergency


12.09.10. Demolished Simply Catering, Madras St, state of emergency


08.09.10. Burnside High School, Greers Rd, one of several Civil Defence refuges for people needing state of emergency accommodation after Christchurch quake

The lethal 22.02.11 quake trashed Christchurch CBD, further damaging bldgs & infrastructure described in this post, including Avonside Dr.

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Mark: Fifth day after: Woke up this morn with another aftershock 5+ big, growly, shaky one. (Last night while I was on FB, smaller aftershock). Jake phoned, said some of his kitchen bowls were smashed. Shock after shock. September 8 at 9.20 am.

Pippa (Ca): Sounds crazy. We had little tremors in Vancouver and I was NOT happy. September 8 at 3.19 am.

Mark: Still shaking Pippa 5 days after. Experts now talk of a "new" fault near Christchurch [Greendale Fault]. Experts found an "old" fault 16 000 years old, covered in soil which caused the quake. September 8 at 10.56 am.

Tracey (RSA): Quite something to be experiencing... take care :-) September 8 at 1.38 am.

Mark: Will be careful. Once in a lifetime experience hopefully. Chch people are unusually friendly lately, reminded of our mortality so vividly. September 8 at 1.47 am.

Tracey: Sadly and sometimes it takes things like this to make people connect again and be there for each other. May you and your family continue to be safe. September 8 at 2.01 am.

Andrew (RSA): Hope that you guys are OK. It was such a devastating quake and the damage was terrible. Keep well and in touch! September 8 at 2.10 am.

Mark: Wellness very important at the mo. We're all OK thanks Andrew. See more damage every day while driving around Chch, but repairs and reconstruction plans going quickly. Property owners can claim damages from NZ Earthquake Commission & their insurance companies. Demolishers, architects, engineers, builders, estate agents, road constructors rubbing their hands in glee. September 8 at 2.23 am.

Mark: Fifth day after: Leah's school was cleared safe by a builder & a structural engineer. All kids back to school on Monday 13.09.10. Aftershocks continuing... Avonside Girls High I drove past yesterday had a gate sign: "Trespassers will be detained." That would be interesting. September 8 at 9.47 am.

Pippa: Glad to hear you are all OK Mark. Any damage to your home? Love to Leah & kids. September 8 at 11.25 am.

Mark: Will do Pippa. No damage, lucky, just a crack in a roof panel by our front door. Damage in Chch seems random according to where seismic waves concentrated & snapped to the surface. One can drive or walk distances & see a regular pattern of cracks & pockets of devastation according to seismic waves.

Damage examples: Computer monitor regularly jiggles in front of my eyes with aftershocks while I type. Only one brick popped out of a garden wall. Many garden walls & brick chimneys collapsed. Wooden power pole snapped off at ground level in Greers Rd near home, tangled loose electric lines. Wall peeled off a CBD double storey house in Colombo St, showing a giant dolls house with ornaments on a cupboard top, toilet intact. CBD cordoned streets, no traffic, usually very busy, like a movie set. Just cops, troops & gawkers around.

Relaxing today after 5 days city roaming, haven't seen all the damage, too much for my brain & nerves to take. Dazed looks & 1 000 yard stares from people.

More examples: Drove along Madras St, weaving around a series of concrete & iron manholes, all pushed above the road surface, tar seal hardly cracked. Massive silt / water destruction at Avonside, Bexley, New Brighton suburbs due to liquefaction.

Walked along a tar sealed path over bog land towards Bexley 2 days ago: regular pattern of cracks across the 2 m wide footpath, one especially big crack with 2 cm thick tar seal flung up in huge chunks & flipped upside down 2 m away along the path. I saw that just before 2 council workers chucked tar seal chunks aside to repair damage.

I reckon a state of emergency keeps citizens in blissful ignorance, like apartheid states of emergencies we experienced, so I made it my project over the last few days to see as much as possible before clean up, rebuild, denials & BS starts. September 9 at 12.33 pm.

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