Thursday, November 25, 2010

Lyttelton 2 months after Canterbury Quake

Two months after the 04.09.10 Canterbury quake, 7.1 magnitude, I drove from our Burnside, Christchurch home to Lyttelton to coolpix quake damage & reconstruction there. I drove via Avon-Heathcote Estuary at Redcliffs, Sumner & reopened Evans Pass, which was closed for a while due to a quake landslide.

Redcliffs: I drove along Beachville Rd by Avon-Heathcote Estuary. There was lateral spreading, long cracks by the estuary seawall, for about 500 m along the seawall.

The 22.02.11 quake would increase lateral spreading along Beachville Rd, causing the sea wall to tilt seawards. 

Images, quake damaged Beachville Rd:



14.11.10. Quake cracked pavement & footpath, lateral spreading by Avon-Heathcote Estuary sea wall, Beachville Rd



14.11.10. Quake cracked footpath & pavement, lateral spreading by Avon-Heathcote Estuary sea wall, Beachville Rd



14.11.10. Quake cracked footpath & car park, lateral spreading by Avon-Heathcote Estuary sea wall, Beachville Rd



14.11.10. Close up of quake cracked car park, lateral spreading by Avon-Heathcote Estuary sea wall, Beachville Rd



14.11.10. Quake cracked footpath & pavement, lateral spreading by Avon-Heathcote Estuary sea wall, Beachville Rd. Moncks Bay beyond

Evans Pass: On my drive to Lyttelton via Sumner & Evans Pass, I saw quake rock falls had been cleared from Evans Pass, with clean "new" roadside cuttings & rock scarred road.

At Lyttelton I coolpixed quake cracked Harbour Light Theatre, London St. Concrete towers on the façade top were iron propped. Harbour Light Theatre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

Images, quake damaged London St:



14.11.10. Quake cracked, Harbour Light Theatre & iron reinforcement, London St, Lyttelton. Harbour Light Theatre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Close up of quake cracked, Harbour Light Theatre & iron reinforcement, London St, Lyttelton. Harbour Light Theatre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake damaged, Harbour Light Theatre & iron reinforcement, London St, Lyttelton. Harbour Light Theatre was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Lyttelton: Post quake reinforcements like wood or iron bracing, boarding & strapping were done to stop walls, facades & parapets shaking to bits during many aftershocks over many weeks.



14.11.10. Structex quake inspection sticker, London St, Lyttelton

A structex inspection sticker on a London St bldg read:

STRUCTEX

INSPECTED
NO RESTRICTION ON USE OR OCCUPANCY

This building has received a brief walkover inspection. While no apparent structural safety hazards have been found, a more comprehensive inspection of the exterior and interior may reveal engineering related issues.

RESTRICTED
NO ENTRY EXCEPT ON ESSENTIAL BUSINESS

This building has been damaged and its structural safety is questionable. Enter only at own risk. Subsequent aftershocks or other events may result in increased damage and danger, changing this assessment. Re-inspection may be required. The damage observed is as described below:

UNSAFE
DO NOT ENTER OR OCCUPY

This building has been seriously damaged and is unsafe. Do not enter. Entry may result in death or injury. The damage observed is as described below:

Cross out the designations that do not apply. [RESTRICTED & UNSAFE were crossed out on the sticker I coolpixed].

Description of damage and / or notes on restricted use...

Empire Hotel, London St, had an iron braced façade. Part of the top balustrade was nylon strapped. Empire Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.




14.11.10. Quake damaged, iron braced Empire Hotel, London St, Lyttelton. Empire Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake damaged, iron braced, strapped Empire Hotel, London St, Lyttelton. Empire Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake damaged, iron braced, strapped Empire Hotel cnr, London St, Lyttelton. Empire Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Images, quake damaged Oxford St:



14.11.10. Quake damaged gravity retaining wall, Oxford St, Lyttelton

Soon after the quake, Luke went on a Lyttelton retaining wall excursion, led by his tech tutor, showing mostly quake damaged, gravity retaining walls & lesser damaged cantilever walls. I coolpixed a quake trashed, gravity retaining wall - toppled, red stones on the pavement, cordoned by orange plastic barriers, the wall gap, blue tarped.



14.11.10. Tarp bandaged, quake damaged chimney, Oxford St, Lyttelton. Quail Island backdrop

On Oxford St I coolpixed several quake damaged bldgs. - tarped chimneys, wood braced, boarded facades, some fence cordoned



14.11.10. Quake damaged, window braced, boarded, strapped bldg, Oxford St, Lyttelton. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Close up of quake damaged, braced, boarded, strapped bldg, Oxford St, Lyttelton. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake tilted bldg, Oxford St, Lyttelton. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Close up of undamaged door, quake tilted bldg, Oxford St, Lyttelton

I coolpixed Lyttelton Times, Gladstone Quay. The upper storey was wood braced. Two sailors carrying suitcases wandered to the port.

I coolpixed nearby Lyttelton Museum, its upper storey also wood braced. Lyttelton Museum was fence cordoned & demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

Images, quake damaged Gladstone Quay & Canterbury St:



14.11.10. Quake damaged, wood braced Lyttelton Times, Gladstone Quay, Lyttelton. Bldg was badly damaged by the 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Wood braced, quake damaged Lyttelton Times, Gladstone Quay, Lyttelton. Bldg was badly damaged by the 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake damaged Lyttelton Times & sailors, Gladstone Quay, Lyttelton. Bldg was badly damaged by the 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake damaged Lyttelton Museum, Gladstone Quay. Museum was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Quake damaged, wood braced Lyttelton Museum parapet, Gladstone Quay. Museum was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Wood braced, quake damaged Lyttelton Museum, Gladstone Quay. Museum was demolished post 22.02.11 quake



14.11.10. Wood reinforced upper wall, quake damaged bldg, Canterbury St, Lyttelton

Lyttelton was hugely damaged by the 22.02.11 quake. Two men were killed by rock falls on Port Hills tracks above Lyttelton: St Helmores Track & Major Hornbrook Track.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the pictures for those of us who don't get to Chch often. My family owned the Empire Hotel during WW2 and it's interesting to see what has happened to the old building since the quake.

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