Monday, December 27, 2010

Boxing Day Aftershocks, Christchurch Quake

Still celebrating Christmas we were awake early Boxing Day morn at 2.07 am when the 4.2 magnitude aftershock jolted & shook our Heath St, Burnside house. Worse would come.

We'd experienced thousands of aftershocks since the Sept 4, magnitude 7.1, Christchurch quake. Frequency & magnitude of aftershocks reduced over the last few weeks, but the Boxing Day quake reminded us brutally there were more quakes to come.

The Boxing Day quake was caused by the "new" CBD Fault running under Christchurch CBD, damaging Cashel Mall. When quakes roared, seismologists & governments jumped in fright.

We'd already endured a state of emergency post 04.09.10 quake & would endure another national state of emergency post 22.02.11 quake.

The Boxing Day quake was a warning to authorities that aftershocks could cause deaths. Authorities hardly heeded the warning.

Unstable bldgs, damaged in the Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day quake, stood around for months, some fence cordoned, some not. Heritage fanatics still wanted to save lethal, old bldgs. Their smug complacency more stunning than quakes.

Mayor Parker still jabbered about Cantabrian "resilience." Authorities boasted about no one dying in the quakes. So far. As if NZ engineering, building codes had saved lives. So far.

But quakes didn't listen to humans, nor obey bldg codes.

Images, quake damaged Gardiners Rd:


27.12.10. Two quake damaged houses, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

26.12.10. According to Geonet there followed more aftershocks 3.8, 3.7, 2.7, 3.8 during Boxing Day morn till a 4.9 mag aftershock again jolted & shook our wooden, rental house at 10.30 am.

My computer wobbled, my computer seat shook, jiggling me. Pot plant leaves waved. I rushed into our bedroom & saw Leah gripping our bed for dear life, till shaking stopped.


27.12.10. Board repaired, quake damaged, house wall, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

During the Sept 4 quake, months of aftershocks & Boxing Day aftershocks, we had no breakages & although our kitchen cupboard doors were flung open by the Sept 4 quake, no crockery nor glassware were broken.

Nearby friend, Greers Rd: Sept 4 quake - no house damage. Boxing Day aftershocks - cracked concrete fringe wall around house piles below the house (our house had a quake-flexible, wooden plank fringe); cracked concrete paths around the house, paths were separated from the house. I saw that concrete path damage all over Christchurch.

I expected post quakes, there'd be lots of ripped up & removed concrete paths, new shingle mulch, new flowerbeds, garden cracks filled in & re-grassed, disguising quake damage to potential house buyers.


27.12.10. Quake damaged house & liquefaction sand pile, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

Christchurch CBD was cordoned off by Civil Defence & cops during Boxing Day for bldg inspections, while we continued our Boxing Day merriment. I picked up Jake & girlfriend from their Waltham Rd flat. Quake damaged bldgs nearby were still as they'd been on Sept 4, rubble lying below bldgs after parapet damages & cordoned. The Waltham Rd cordon caused traffic to weave round the cordon.


27.12.10. Close up quake cracked, house wall & liquefaction sand by front door, Gardiners Rd, Bishopdale

We shopped at Riccarton Westfield mall, the busiest I'd seen in 15 years. Thousands of mall shoppers weren't put off Boxing Day deals at Westfield, despite whinging by CBD retailers how tough it was to trade after the recession & Christchurch Sept 4 quake.

Methinks some CBD retailers whined too loudly, hoping for govt & Council hand outs, not doing enough to clean up their own mess: rubble by broken bldgs & cordons blocking traffic. Slow inspections, assessments & settlements by EQC & insurers didn't help matters.

I suspected the loudest moaners hadn't quake-proofed their old brick / stone bldgs enough before the Sept 4 quake. There were many old brick / stone bldgs in Christchurch with strong quake-proofing which withstood the Sept 4 quake & aftershocks well. Blame victims I know, but too much self pity & inertia caused more devastation.

Images, quake damaged Lichfield St & Barbadoes St:


27.12.10. Tatty tarps on quake damaged bldg, Lichfield St, 4 months post quake

Post Sept 4, colourful tarps on quake damaged bldgs were no longer a novelty, as plastic tarps looked faded & tatty after 4 months' sun and winds. Inert EQC assessors & insurers needed a hard look at the results of their money grasping delays. Would they like to live in the mess below tatty tarps, with boards instead of windows & walls, amidst rubble heaps & cordons?

Christchurch post quake mess reminded me of SA apartheid & post apartheid squatter camps. As I'd lived & worked in QwaQwa homeland in 1987 during apartheid, I'd experienced sewage trickling in streets, long drop toilets at schools & knew the smell of overloaded soak pits & leaking sewage.

In Christchurch post quake, riverside suburbs, I smelt the noxious sewage smell. Pre quake Council had habitually pumped sewage into rivers. That unclean, ungreen habit backfired post quakes, as broken water & sewage pipes leaked into Heathcote River & Avon River.


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damage to brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The serial quake damaged Convent stood for many months, only demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Close up Boxing Day aftershocks damage to brick Community of the Sacred Name, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Close up Boxing Day aftershocks damage to brick Community of the Sacred Name & fence, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Jake cooked a green mussel meal with exotic salad which we enjoyed on Boxing Day afternoon.

On the way back to Jake's flat I drove down Barbadoes St & saw the old, brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, quake damaged on Sept 4, corner Barbadoes St / St Asaph St.

It was more damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks. More bricks had fallen off a gable & peeled off an upper wall above gable windows, littering the pavement with rubble & crunching a metal fence.

The old, brick Convent was only demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Why did authorities take so long to demolish?


27.12.10. Serial quake damaged, brick, Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Close up of quake damaged, Community of the Sacred Name, cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St. The Convent was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Corner Barbadoes St / St Asaph St: A NZ Response Team bloke, NZRT, escorted a bldg inspector checking a collapsed bldg. NZRT weren't visible post 04.09.10 quake, due to a hotchpotch of uniforms & Hi Vis vests, but were more obvious post Boxing Day quake with red overalls & orange helmet. Rapid bldg inspections of bldg exteriors, for red, yellow or green stickering, were done by engineer bldg inspectors, escorted by NZRT blokes. Later on inspections were made inside bldgs. Rapid external assessments of bldgs caused confusion about bldg safety.

Although trained in search & rescue, NZRT were Civil Defence dogsbodies, doing mainly search & escort duties. The 22.02.11 quake would prove there was little Civil Defence management coordination amongst cops, fire service, USAR / TF & NZRT. 



27.12.10. Quake demolished bldg & Boxing Day aftershocks bldg inspector, escorted by NZRT bloke, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Green bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Quake damaged bldgs & Boxing Day aftershocks bldg inspectors, Barbadoes St. Grey bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks bldg inspector, escorted by NZRT bloke, inspecting quake damaged Barbadoes St bldg. Grey bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Quake damaged, closed window, Barbadoes St. The bldg was demolished post Boxing Day quakes


27.12.10. Quake damaged, open window, Barbadoes St. The bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks

Geonet recorded more Boxing Day aftershocks: 3.6, 3.5, 2.9, 3.7, 2.9, 3.7, 3.1, 3.0, 3.2, 3.0, 3.5, then another big mover & shaker 4.4 at 0.10 am, 27.12.10, followed by 3.0 at 2.01 am, in all 18 aftershocks during 24 hours over Boxing Day. The Press reported more than 20 aftershocks that day. Take your pick. We rode them all.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


27.12.10. Undamaged, quake reinforced bldg & quake damaged Nurse Maude bldg with shipping container cordon, cnr Madras St / Tuam St. The bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quakes


27.12.10. Cordoned, quake damaged Nurse Maude bldg, Madras St. Nurse Maude was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

27.12.10. Next humid, 31 C afternoon, I parked my car at almost deserted Lichfield St, with most businesses closed due to the festive break & thought, "Why were retailers / businesses moaning about tough trading conditions when they could've been open?"


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, apex car rentals, Madras St. Apex car rentals was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, brick parapet, apex car rentals, Madras St. Apex car rental was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Madras St was livelier. I coolpixed bricks on the pavement, which had toppled off apex car rentals parapet. Other unstable Madras St bldgs were cordoned with fencing & some had double layers of shipping containers to protect traffic from falling debris post Sept 4 quake.

Images of quake damaged Lichfield St:


27.12.10. Car tow below serial quake damaged bldg, Lichfield St. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, brick parapets, Lichfield St lane. Most Lichfield Lanes bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes

I doubled back to Lichfield St & on Poplar St corner I watched a glaring cop & tow vehicle operator remove a car parked below a Lichfield St bldg, where fallen debris had destroyed another car during the Sept 4 quake.

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, bldg inspectors, cnr Cathedral Sq / Colombo St. Bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, cordoned X Base, Cathedral Sq. X Base was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, red sticker, The Press, Cathedral Sq. The Press bldg was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished

I wandered busy Cathedral Sq, with thousands sunning themselves, shopping & quaffing at pavement tables & watching passersby. I coolpixed new rubble fallen off cordoned, X Base backpackers in a Cathedral Sq corner. X Base was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. A NZRT bloke in red overalls, escorted a bldg inspector up Colombo St.

At the diagonally opposite corner of Cathedral Sq, the already cracked parapet above Southern Encounter looked wobbly too. (Soon strengthened with wooden boards. Southern Encounter bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake).

I coolpixed a Council, new, red sticker on The Press uncordoned main door. The Council moron who designed the red sticker made wording too small to read until close up:

DO NOT APPROACH OR ENTER THIS BUILDING

THIS BUILDING IS A DANGEROUS BUILDING...

USING OR OCCUPYING THIS BUILDING IS AN OFFENCE...

Despite the Boxing Day quake, red sticker, The Press bldg was occupied during the 22.02.11 quake & an employee was killed there during the Feb 22 quake.

Who made the halfwit decision to occupy The Press bldg, after red sticker taboo & 5 months of aftershock warnings? The Press was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.


27.12.10. Bus tourists, Cathedral Junction, cnr Cathedral Sq / Worcester St

Images, quake damaged Cashel Mall & Colombo St:


27.12.10. Uncordoned Cashel Mall towards High St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Westpac bldg held up well during the 22.02.11 quake, but was serial, quake damaged & demolished. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. The Crossing, cnr Cashel Mall / Colombo St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. The air bridge & these bldgs, Ballantynes right, survived the 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Colombo St & cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Cashel Mall was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake. Ballantynes left & Pagoda Court right survived the 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Colombo St & cop cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes left & Pagoda Court right survived the 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Cop directing pedestrians, cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes behind survived the 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Tourists at cop cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes behind survived the 2011 quakes

I wandered busy Colombo St & saw the uncordoned approach to Manchester Courts up Hereford St was quiet. Colombo St & High St were busy with traffic, holiday crowds & shoppers.

By The Crossing at Cashel St, Cashell Mall was busy towards High St, but the other side of The Crossing, by closed Ballantynes, Cashell Mall was cordoned off by a fence & cop car stopping crowds entering Cashell Mall. A red overalled, NZRT bloke escorted a bldg inspector past Ballantynes. The cordoned CBD was crawling with cops, NZRT & bldg inspectors.

Complacency of pedestrians was appalling, due to the danger of so many hazardous, unstable, CBD bldgs around us. Post 04.09.10 quake, that complacency was encouraged by mayor Parker & the media, jabbering about Cantabrians' "resilience," like we were all engineering masterpieces.


27.12.10. Colombo St northern view of The Crossing & Boxing Day aftershocks cordon, Cashel Mall. Pagoda Court left survived the 2011 quakes. Bus exchange right didn't


27.12.10. Shoppers & bldg inspectors, cordoned Ballantynes, Colombo St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes survived the 2011 quakes

Aftershocks had damaged bldgs in Cashell Mall & bldg inspectors roamed. I saw several orange, Hi Vis vested, bldg inspectors wandering the CBD, paired with red overalled NZRT blokes. I wandered busy St Asaph St. On Tuam St I watched a bloke climb a ladder on a roof to check a chimney. I doubled back & walked busy Colombo St again to Moorhouse Ave.

Images, quake damaged Tuam St & Moorhouse Ave:


27.12.10. Man checking chimney, Tuam St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Shuttle bus stop, Moorhouse Ave, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. Old station clock tower, post quake wood braced against aftershocks. The old station clock tower was damaged by the 22.02.11 quake, despite deep foundations to counter train vibrations. The old station was demolished

I rode the free, yellow Shuttle bus along Moorhouse Ave, past the old station with its clock tower wood-bandaged against aftershocks. The Shuttle went along Madras St past bldgs I'd already coolpixed, so I hopped off near Manchester Courts to coolpix demolition there.

Businesses around Manchester Courts were in terminal decline with Manchester Courts & several businesses cordoned post Sept 4 quake. A NZRT bloke escorted a female, bldg inspector past Manchester Courts.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St & Colombo St:


27.12.10. Day after Boxing Day aftershocks, bldg inspector escorted by NZRT bloke, post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St





27.12.10. Rubberneckers, post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, razor wire cordon, post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St


27.12.10. Steps going nowhere above post quake demolished, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Day after Boxing Day aftershocks, bldg inspector escorted by NZRT bloke, by Rockshop & Manchester Courts cordon, Manchester St. Post 22.02.11 quake, Rockshop relocated to Hornby


27.12.10. Steps going nowhere above 5 storey, quake demolition mound, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing Day aftershocks. The left bldg was demolished post 2011 quakes


27.12.10. Close up of 5 storey demolition mound, Manchester Courts, Manchester St, day after Boxing day aftershocks. The bldg behind was demolished post 2011 quakes

After 2 months of "heritage bldg" debate demolition proceeded on Manchester Courts. I coolpixed a 5 storey mound of rubble with a stairway going nowhere on top. No businesses were open near Manchester Courts, despite shifting cordons post quake weeks, where I & others photographed Manchester Courts demolition, cordoned by high fences & razor wire. I thought razor wire was a bit late, stopping drunkards climbing fences at night. Cars weaved their way past demolition cordon fences.


27.12.10. Shuttle bus stop, The Crossing, cnr Colombo St / cordoned Cashel Mall, day after Boxing Day aftershocks


27.12.10. Quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged Winnie Bagoes, Colombo St, Victoria Sq. Winnie Bagoes was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

I hopped on the Shuttle bus again which took me past Victoria St casino. I coolpixed Winnie Bagoes by Victoria Sq. Bad luck for Winnie Bagoes, as the business was damaged by the Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks too.

Little did I know, it would be my last Shuttle bus trip in Christchurch CBD.

I walked to the Roman Catholic, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St, to coolpix damage there. Next door, Music Centre of Christchurch was damaged by the Sept 4 quake & trashed by the Boxing Day quake. It was demolished post 13.06.11 quake. While I coolpixed the Music Centre, a man entered the bldg, ignoring the Council red sticker on the front door & took his time collecting books & files inside. The red sticker read:

DO NOT APPROACH OR ENTER THIS BUILDING

THIS BUILDING IS A DANGEROUS BUILDING UNDER SECTIONS 121 AND 124 OF THE BUILDING ACT 2004

USING OR OCCUPYING THIS BUILDING IS AN OFFENCE PURSUANT TO S128 OF THE BUILDING ACT 2004

Contact the Christchurch City Council Building Recovery Office for approval of any proposed action to remedy the danger...

So much for red stickering, as I'd seen different Council red stickers, with different wording, on other quake damaged bldgs, all over Christchurch over the last 5 mnths. Council red stickers differed from private, engineering firm stickers, which caused confusion. In future, Council would prove to be lethargic regarding bldg inquiries & consenting.

Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St:


27.12.10. Quake damaged, Roman Catholic, Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Barbadoes St. Unstable domed towers & cathedral structure. Twin towers collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. The RC Cathedral was part demolished post 13.06.11 quake. Transept walls & remaining facade were braced by layered shipping containers


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Music Centre of Christchurch facade, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks toppled scaffolding & debris, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. Catholic Cathedral dome behind. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gables, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Nor'wester flapping plastic covers on Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, back gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

I coolpixed more quake damage to gables at Barbadoes St, Music Centre of Christchurch, next to the Roman Catholic Cathedral, where rubble littered car parks & gardens, front & back of the brick / stone bldg. What a mess: nor'westers had blown down cordon fencing & ripped shabby, black plastic off already damaged gables. While I coolpixed, the tattered plastic flapped in the hot wind.

I got the creepy feeling again, when I was too close to dangerous, quake trashed bldgs.


27.12.10. Nor'wester flapping plastic cover on Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged gable, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks debris & flattened cordon fence, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, gable & debris, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


27.12.10. Red Sticker, Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St


27.12.10. Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, front facade, Music Centre of Christchurch, Barbadoes St. RC Cathedral tower dome behind. The Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

I drove along Ferry Rd to see Sept 4 quake trashed, brick bldgs at Woolston. Nothing new: abandoned, quake trashed bldgs with long, brown grass & cordon fences, 4 months post Sept 4 quake.

Despite 4 post quake months, long summer days for work to be done & 1 000s of aftershock warnings, it took dumb authorities, like Council, ages to demolish lethal, old, quake trashed bldgs.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave & Kerrs Reach:


27.12.10. Non residents no entry sign, seen in Christchurch quake damaged zones, especially riverside areas, like Avonside Dr

Blue & white signs guarded quake damaged, traffic zones by rivers. The signs insulted residents & shielded Council, which had issued consents for bldgs on waterlogged ground, like riversides, swamps & springs, guaranteed to be liquefaction damaged during quakes.

I drove along Avonside Dr & Locksley Ave where I'd coolpixed quake damage weeks ago. Blue & white signs forbade non residents driving along Avonside & Dallington roads near Avon River. 30 km speed limit signs abounded, stopping cars destroying quake weakened water pipes & sewage pipes.


27.12.10. Quake damaged, Avonside Dr with pump & concrete block supported, quake tilted power pole

Several Avonside Dr houses by Avon River were red stickered & evacuated after liquefaction damage by the Sept 4 quake. Roads were still rutted, bumpy & in poor condition, some tar sealing strips done. Some lumpy roads were patched with shingle. Liquefaction raised manholes still obstructed traffic & a fenced pump pumped water in Avonside Dr.


27.12.10. Superloo, Locksley Ave by Avon River, 4 months post 04.09.10 quake

I drove along Council forgotten quake areas in Dallington & Avonside, portaloos along roads still & quake tilted power poles still supported by big concrete blocks - a Council disgrace, 4 months post Sept 4 quake.


27.12.10. Pump, HireQuip loo & quake damaged Locksley Ave & housing, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


27.12.10. Locksley Ave quake damage & quake damaged housing, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Wind scorched grass grew long by Avon River banks. Gale force nor'westers over the past weeks had blown tree branches & leaves in heaps along riverbanks. Quake damaged, Avonside Dr houses I'd coolpixed weeks ago were abandoned, with long grass in gardens.


27.12.10. Unrepaired quake crack, Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Avon Rowing Club was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


27.12.10. Unrepaired quake cracks, Kerrs Reach rowing clubs car park, 4 months post Sept 4 quake. Porritt Park behind

I drove behind Kerrs Reach rowing clubs & saw huge, unrepaired quake cracks in car parks where Union Rowing Club had tilted into liquefaction ooze by Avon River bank during the Sept 4 quake.


27.12.10. Unrepaired, quake cracks, Kerrs Reach rowing clubs car park, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

I drove Avonside Dr detour around Porritt Park by Wainoni Rd & looked at quake damaged hockey fields by an Avon River meander & saw masses of Sept 4 liquefaction sand patching grass in Porritt Park.

At the end of Avonside Dr I crossed Avon River, drove New Brighton Rd, patched with post Sept 4 quake tar seal, then turned into Locksley Ave beside Avon River. Locksley Ave by Kerrs Reach was also post Sept 4 quake, tar seal patched, with grass overgrowing riverside footpaths & unfixed footpath cracks.

Images, quake damaged Gayhurst Rd:


27.12.10. Abandoned, quake tilted house & overgrown garden, cnr Gayhurst Rd & Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012


27.12.10. Quake tilted house & power pole, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave, The house was demolished in 2012


27.12.10. Quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Cordon & quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Quake tilted, house corner, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Close up, quake tilted, house corner, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Abandoned barrow & corner of quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Quake cracked, concrete path, separated from quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Close up, quake cracked, concrete path, separated from quake tilted house, demolished in 2012, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Liquefaction sand by garage doors, cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012


27.12.10. Quake cracked driveway & liquefaction sand by garage & house doors, Locksley Ave. The house was demolished in 2012

Near Glenarm Tce at the end of Locksley Ave, houses were abandoned. The bumpy road was not tar sealed in places: Third World mess in First World Christchurch. Locksley Ave houses had cracked driveways & broken garden walls, dry liquefaction silt everywhere.

An abandoned, semi-detached house on Locksley Ave / Gayhurst Rd corner was tilted & warped by liquefaction shaking. A barrow rusted in the overgrown garden. Liquefaction silt mounds blocked garage doors.


27.12.10. Quake destroyed, abandoned, cordoned, St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Demolition of quake damaged, St Pauls School hall roof, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Close up, demolition of quake damaged, St Pauls School hall roof, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Quake damaged, abandoned, cordoned St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Demolition of quake damaged, St Pauls School hall, Gayhurst Rd


27.12.10. Rubberneckers, demolition of quake damaged, St Pauls School hall, Gayhurst Rd

When I drove past St Pauls School, Gayhurst Rd, it was being demolished post Sept 4 quake: roof tiles were stripped, exposing trusses. Walls were being demolished. The dead school was fenced off.

Images, quake damaged Dallington Tce:


27.12.10. Quake damaged, Dallington Tce & portaloo, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


27.12.10. Road repair & pump cordon, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


27.12.10. Overgrown, abandoned St Pauls School, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

I drove along Dallington Tce & River Rd, like Avonside Dr & Locksley Ave, bumpy, cracked & patched with shingle or tar seal. Some houses still had portaloos & like Avonside Dr, roadside pumps pumped sewage / water through thick, plastic pipes.


27.12.10. Pump cordons & unfinished road repairs, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Four months post Sept 4, mag 7.1 quake, many houses along Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave, Dallington Tce & River Rd still used portaloos (generic name) as Council hadn't fixed sewage & water pipes, messed by the Sept 4 quake.


27.12.10. Pump on Avon River bank, Dallington Tce, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

Four months post Sept 4 quake, Dallington Tce & River Rd by Avon River still stank of
sewage. River Rd was badly slumped by the Sept 4 quake, but had been mostly resurfaced, although still lumpy & bumpy.

Images, quake damaged Cashell Mall & Hereford St:


30.12.10. Bridge of Remembrance view of post Boxing Day aftershocks Cashel Mall & cordons. Cashel Mall was trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & most Cashel Mall bldgs were demolished thereafter


30.12.10. Cordoned Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged shops, Cashel Mall. Shops were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Cop & cordoned Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged shops, Cashel Mall. Shops were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, roof damaged shops, Cashel Mall. Shops were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged roof, Cashel Mall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, parapet & roof, Cashel Mall. Bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, roof collapsed into shop, Cashel Mall. Shop was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged parapet, Cashel Mall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, cracked shop window, Cashel Mall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Wood braced, quake damaged wall, Cashel Mall, despite quake proofing. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged facade, Cashel Mall, despite quake proofing. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10 Close up Boxing Day aftershocks, X cracked, brick facade, Cashel Mall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, shop notice, Cashel Mall


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged bldg, Cashel Mall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks, shop inspection stickers, Cashel Mall


30.12.10. Purple hair & Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged bldg, Cashel Mall. Bldgs were demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Ballantynes cracked wall, Cashel Mall, Boxing Day aftershocks. Ballantynes survived the Feb 22 quake & continued business after Cashel Mall reopened on 29.10.11, amongst RESTART shipping container shops on demolition sites


30.12.10. Cordoned ASB Bank, Cashel Mall, Boxing Day aftershocks. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks notices, ASB Bank, Cashel Mall. Bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged brick parapet & cordon, Yorkshire House, Hereford St. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged brick parapet, Yorkshire House, Hereford St. The bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes


30.12.10. Bldg inspectors in cordon, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Monkey Bar bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Bldg inspectors inspect Monkey Bar, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Monkey Bar was demolished post 22.02.11 quake. Next door Shands Emporium survived the quake, owned by the Gough family, was moved to Manchester St next to Trinity Church in June 2015


30.12.10. Bldg inspectors & girl in Monkey Bar cordon, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Monkey Bar was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks cordon by Hereford Court, Hereford St. Hereford Court was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Broken windows, Hereford Court, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Hereford Court was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Wendy's Art Deco bldg, Hereford St, after Boxing Day aftershocks. Wendy's was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Wendy's Art Deco eagle, 1929 cornice, quake damaged, Hereford St. Eagle was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake. Wendy's was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. TSB Bank roof quake damaged, Hereford St. TSB Bank was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Close up of tarp, TSB Bank quake damaged roof, Hereford St. TSB Bank was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

30.12.10. After the Boxing Day cop cordon was lifted at Cashel Mall, Leah & I walked Cashel Mall & Hereford St, parallel to Cashel Mall. We also walked Cathedral Sq & Worcester Blvd. CBD streets & Cathedral Sq were filled with holiday-makers & tourists.

Several old bldgs in Cashel Mall & Hereford St were aftershock damaged & cordoned with fences. Some damaged bldgs were red stickered, so I coolpixed more quake damages & cordons.

Little did we know that that section of Hereford St would be trashed by the 22.02.11 quake & demolished. Likewise most Cashel Mall bldgs were demolished post 2011 quakes. We didn't know then that quake ruined Christchurch Cathedral would stand derelict & cordoned for years.

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq & Worcester Blvd:


30.12.10. Christchurch Cathedral, Sept 4 quake & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, Cathedral Sq. Cathedral tower was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake. Rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. In Oct 2011, the dean announced Christchurch Cathedral would be part demolished & repaired. The dean resigned & became a CCC councillor. There was more western facade damage in the 23.12.11 Xmas quake swarm


30.12.10. Christchurch Cathedral western facade, cordoned, Boxing Day aftershocks. Crooked cross was removed from gable, Cathedral Sq. The tower collapsed in the 22.02.11 quake. The rose window facade collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake. Christchurch Cathedral western facade was more damaged in the 23.12.11 Xmas quake swarm


30.12.10. Quake & Boxing Day aftershocks, damaged parapet, boarded, Southern Encounter, Cathedral Sq. Southern Encounter bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Post Boxing Day aftershocks workmen, cnr old PO Information Centre & Southern Encounter bldg, cnr Cathedral Sq. Southern Encounter bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Boxing Day aftershocks damaged, cordoned Clarendon Tower, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce. Clarendon Tower was demolished after many months closure in the CBD, red zone cordon, post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Close up Boxing Day aftershocks damaged facade, Clarendon Tower, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce. Clarendon Tower was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Sept 4 quake cracked & Boxing Day aftershocks damaged facade & cordon, Clarendon Tower, cnr Cathedral Sq / Oxford Tce. Christchurch Cathedral tower was toppled by the 22.02.11 quake


30.12.10. Quake damaged, braced Our City bldg, cnr Worcester Blvd / Oxford Tce


30.12.10. Shabby wood bracing & black plastic cover, quake damaged bldg, Worcester Blvd. Post 22.02.11 quake, shipping container, craft shops were installed by the bldg


30.12.10. Post Boxing Day aftershocks bldg inspector, quake damaged Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd. The Arts Centre was severely damaged by the Feb 22 quake & cordon closed for years for restoration


30.12.10. Post Boxing Day aftershocks bldg inspectors, Arts Centre, Worcester Blvd

We saw several orange, Hi Vis vested workmen & yellow, Hi Vis vested bldg inspectors doing Boxing Day aftershock jobs. Black words on a bldg inspector's yellow, hard hat by the Arts Centre read: IF I RUN KEEP UP WITH ME.

Images, quake damaged River Rd, Lois Pl, Dallington Tce & Locksley Ave:


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake River Road by Avon River quake damaged drain. Speed limit 30 km / hr


31.12.10. New tar seal on Sept 4 quake cracks, cnr River Road & Lois Pl


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged drain, source of sewage stink, opp River Rd & Lois Pl cnr


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged drain by Avon River, source of sewage stink, River Rd. To date, nearby residents had to endure shit stink 4 months post Sept 4 quake...


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake portaloo & tar seal patch, Lois Pl, nr Avon River


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake portaloo & tar seal patches, Lois Pl, nr Avon River


31.12.10. Superloos, River Rd, by Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River


31.12.10. Upstream view of Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River, between River Rd & Avonside Dr


31.12.10. Forbidden, Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River, between River Rd & Avonside Dr


31.12.10. River Rd downstream view of Sept 4 quake buckled, Medway St Footbridge, Avon River


31.12.10.  Sept 4 quake buckled concrete curb, River Rd by Avon River

31.12.10. Mid 2009 eighteen months ago, I'd walked Avon River banks including Avonside Dr, Kerrs Reach, New Brighton Rd, Locksley Ave, Dallington Tce, River Rd & had idyllic winter views.

On the last day of 2010, four months post 04.09.10 quake, I returned to coolpix quake damage by two Avon River horseshoe meanders which included River Rd, Dallington Tce & Locksley Ave between Gayhurst Rd & Glenarm Tce. Mid Septemberf, I'd coolpixed liquefaction damage to Glenarm Tce & Locksley Ave, the last day of the quake state of emergency, so I wanted to see improvements, if any, during midsummer.


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Dallington Tce view of Canada geese, Avon River bend. Avonside Dr & footpath left, River Rd right


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump cordons, Dallington Tce, Avon River. Sewage stink from river muck caught in floating pontoon


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Avon River bend: Dallington Tce view of quake tilted, concrete drain, Avonside Dr bank, with stinking muck floating below drain


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, Avon River bend: Dallington Tce close up of quake tilted, concrete drain, Avonside Dr bank, with stinking muck floating below drain


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Dallington Tce pump cordon, 30 km / hr speed limit & road repairs


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump cordon, Dallington Tce, Avon River & 30 km / hr speed limit


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump cordons, Dallington Tce, Avon River


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake close up of pump cordons, Dallington Tce, Avon River


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake tar seal repair & pump cordon, Dallington Tce, Avon River


31.12.10. Post quake kayakers on Avon River & pump, Dallington Tce

On that state of emergency day, I'd seen trucks carry shingle to fill quake holes along Locksley Ave from Glenarm Tce to Gayhurst Rd. Four months post 04.09.10 quake, as pumps still pumped noxious liquids along that Locksley Ave section & Dallington Tce beside Avon River, & as the roads hadn't been completely tar sealed, & with many portaloos too, it was obvious Council hadn't fixed sewage pipes along those roads.


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake tilted, power pole & concrete block support, pump & HireQuip loo, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Concrete block supporting Sept 4 quake tilted, power pole, HireQuip loo & pump, Locksley Ave, Avon River


31.12.10. Concrete block supporting Sept 4 quake tilted, power pole, Superloo, quake damaged Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Superloo & road signs, Locksley Ave, Avon River


31.12.10. Repaired cnr Locksley Ave & Glenarm Tce. A huge quake hole was on the cnr on the last day of the quake state of emergency, mid Sept 2010

Given the slow rebuild at Dallington & Avonside, I doubted Council & EQC would make New Years' resolutions to speed up post quake rebuild of riverside roads & housing.


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake speed limit sign & Superloo, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged, concrete driveway & house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged, power pole, concrete driveway & house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake Superloo & quake damaged house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged driveways, house & portaloo, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, pump pipe & road detours, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, pump pipe, sign & quake road damage, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, pump pipe, road cones & quake road damage, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged road & house, Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Pump pipe & Sept 4 quake damaged Locklsey Ave


31.12.10. Sept 4 quake damaged Locksley Ave & portaloo


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, pump pipe, Superloo & quake damaged Locksley Ave


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake pump & HireQuip loo, Locksley Ave

04.01.11. Exactly 4 months post 04.09.10 quake & aftershocks, The Press reported EQC boss Ian Simpson, "confirmed that assessors were expected to complete six inspections a day..." & said there were "over 400" assessors.

Given tens of thousands of quake insurance assessments still to do, the puny number of assessors & their laughable workload, it would take months for quake damaged properties to be assessed. No wonder quake victims were angry with EQC. They were being ripped off, waiting months for insurance assessments, caught between the horns of EQC & insurers.

The Press 10.01.11 reported that EQC assessors had 3 days' training; worked 10 hrs / day; worked a 6 day contract week, 3 weeks on, 1 week off; pay varying between $500 - $1 000 per day. "More than half of the 240 loss adjusters hired since Canterbury's Sept 4 quake are former police officers."

What did ex cops know about bldg construction & assessment? EQC paid assessors too much, to do too little, in too much time.


31.12.10. Post Sep 4 quake, pump & Avon River kayakers, Locksley Ave

Four months post Sept 4 quake, all around Christchurch visual results of slow EQC settlements were evident: shabby, windblown tarps & boards on quake damaged bldgs; no rebuilds or repairs happening; many wood & metal braced bldgs; unfixed garden walls & fences; many scaffolded bldgs with little repairs / rebuilds happening; unfixed chimneys; unfixed roads & power poles; rubble lying on demolition sites for weeks; empty sites with no rebuilding; abandoned houses & overgrown gardens; closed shops & businesses.

06.01.11. The Press reported that Canterbury had experienced over 4 200 aftershocks post 04.09.10 quake.


31.12.10. Post Sept 4 quake, WORKS END road sign, Locksley Ave

Works End road signs all over Christchurch were ironic, as post Sept 4 quake rebuild & road repairs had a long way to go.

09.01.11. The News Advertiser headline, "Tagging in suburb the last straw" complained about post quake tagging in Dallington.

11.01.11. I had a look, walked 5 Dallington roads & found the "Tagging" article nonsense. I walked Snell Pl, Halberg St, Landy St & found much pavement & garden wall quake damage, with post quake repaired, bumpy roads, but no graffiti. I saw 4 portaloos on Landy St, showing that sewage pipes were still unfixed.

Images, quake damaged Ferner St & Birchfied Ave:


11.01.11. Post Sept 4 quake road pump, Ferner St / McBratneys Rd crossing

I walked Ferner St & Birchfield Ave, saw no graffiti, but saw 2 road pumps pumping deep, quake sink holes in Ferner St, soon to be repaired, & 4 months post Sept 4 quake road repairs going on at Ferner St.


11.01.11. Quake sink holes, 4 months post Sept 4 quake, Ferner St

12.01.11. EQC Report, The Star: "EQC is increasing resources this month and particularly the number of assessors on the ground i.e. loss adjusters and estimators. There are 394 assessors working in the field this week and a total of 1 044 staff including call centre and support staff.

We are currently training more loss adjusters, most of whom are from NZ and expect to have an additional 90 by the end of January."

Although EQC took money from home owners for decades, EQC was poorly prepared for the Christchurch quakes.  EQC created a huge, useless bureaucracy.

11.01.11. Quake sink holes, Ferner St, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


11.01.11. Quake sink hole & road repairs, Ferner St, 4 months post Sept 4 quake


11.01.11. Birchfield Ave crossing view of post Sept 4 quake road repairs to Ferner St

EQC's Aussie assessors flocked back to Australia due to Queensland & Brisbane floods needing insurance assessors. Why were Aussie assessors contracted by EQC, taking jobs from Kiwis?


11.01.11. Quake damaged drain, 4 months post Sept 4 quake, cnr Birchfield Ave / Ferner St


11.01.11. Post quake pump, Birchfield Ave, 4 months post Sept 4 quake

"Claims at 11 Jan: 4 September Earthquake 157 524; 19 October Aftershock 2 277; 14 November Aftershock 1 973; 26 December Aftershock 5 365; Total 167 139.

Claims Settlement Status, Tuesday 11 Jan: Claims complete 29 345; Fieldwork complete 23 787; Fieldwork in progress 25 175; Fieldwork not started 88 843..."

So far, only 17.5% claims were completed. At that rate it would take 2 years for claims to be completed. Delays, delays, by bureaucratic EQC & insurers. The longer insurers buggered quake victims by keeping money, the more they made for shareholders.

Coda: Many of the roads & bldgs mentioned above were trashed by the 22.02.11 & 13.06.11 quakes - Christchurch CBD, Avon River suburbs & eastern suburbs.

Post 22.02.11 quake, many Cashel Mall bldgs between Colombo St & Bridge of Remembrance were demolished. Hereford St, Monkey Bar was demolished, as well as more bldgs along Hereford St.

Post 22.02.11 quake, CERA red zoned large tracts of Dallington Tce, Locksley Ave, Gayhurst Rd, Avonside Dr & River Rd, the land too quake damaged for repairs. Thus red zoners were forced to leave & do battle with NZ govt / CERA, EQC & insurers for pay outs.

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Mark: Slept thru a 5.1 quake, 6.03 am this morn. Leah woke up. Series of aftershocks since yesterday afternoon, Wed, mostly in the 3 mags, incl 4.0 at 8.06 am this morn. Was jolted by a 3.9 aftershock while in Botanic Gdns, 11.10 am.

"Experts" expect batches of aftershocks every 4-6 weeks or so, for another year at least. They make up gobbledegook as they go along. No serious damage to property. Jan 20 at 3.40 pm.

Sheila (RSA): Think you need a seriously good sense of humour to live there. Jan 20 at 4.28 pm.

Pam (RSA): Glad u are all OK. Jan 20 at 5.18 pm.

Averil (RSA): Don't know how you guys take it so calmly. Would be stressed out. Jan 20 at 8.24 pm.

Mark: Sheila, Pam & Averil. It's funny now after about 4 500 aftershocks (last night's NZTV news). Leah slept thru a 4.4 quake last night at 2.12 am & thought this Fri morn that I BS her about it. Check Geonet for tremor updates. Usually any tremor bigger than 4 Leah clouted me awake. Jan 21 at 2.55 pm.

George (RSA): Keep the news coming. We here in 'the old country' have learnt you can get used to anything. Jan 22 at 7.00 pm.

Mark: George, humans are adaptable. Saw workmen on scaffolding checking stained glass windows, some cracked, in Christchurch Cathedral the other day, when Cathedral cordons were removed after recent aftershocks. Usual tourists in the CBD, but repairs are slow due to slow payments by insurers. Lots of tatty tarps, roof scars due to trashed chimneys, boarded up bldgs, cordons, empty demolition sites, lumpy, bumpy half fixed roads, portaloos & pumps by patched riverside suburbs, but little re-building going on. Jan 23 at 9.35 am.

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1 comment:

  1. I gave permission for an Auckland Uni student to use some of my Manchester Courts quake pics for his Phd dissertation.

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