Thursday, September 30, 2010

Sunday 05.09.10. Day 2 after Christchurch Quake. Damaged Streets & Buildings

Sunday 05.09.10. State of Emergency. Day 2 after Christchurch Quake: some Christchurch streets & bldgs.

I woke at 4:30 & waited for a quake. When nothing happened at 4:35 I though it would be good day: A dangerous day during the state of emergency to be out taking quake pics, as there were few barriers to protect pedestrians, like fences, shipping containers, plastic cones & barriers, just plastic tape - white, yellow & red tape.

Few bldgs had been inspected safe or not, & no red, yellow, or green inspection stickers were on any bldgs yet. Roads had been graded "clean" of rubble, which was heaped on pavements & roadsides, allowing traffic flow outside the CBD cordon.

Leah stayed at home, uneasy about wandering dangerous quake streets. I wanted to see things with my own eyes, & felt compelled to document damage about the Christchurch I knew for 15 years since our arrival in NZ, 1995, before it disappeared, & people started writing hearsay history about the quake.

For safety, Leah & I texted each other throughout, when I changed streets & when Leah heard a quake broadcast on radio or TV, like people shouldn't use their cell phones too much, to save cell phone tower power; or the latest aftershock & its magnitude: "Did you feel that quake?" Me: "No?" Funny, while driving or walking I never felt any aftershocks. A surreal day.

Images, quake damaged Heaton St & Severn St:


05.09.10. Quake damaged garden wall, cnr Rossall St / Glandovey Rd. Wall was repaired after 4 weeks. Pointless repairing sooner due to aftershocks. The brick wall was damaged again by the 22.02.11, mag 6.3 quake & subsequent quakes. The brick wall was repaired / rebuilt 3 x


05.09.10. Quake damaged cnr garage by fallen chimney, cnr Straven Rd / Heaton St. 5 months post quake, still no repairs due to slow insurance settlement


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Heaton St.

Christchurch became colourful with plastic tarps placed on damaged roofs & chimneys. Competing with spring flowers, tarps were a variety of colours: blue, black, grey, green, yellow, orange, red, white... Tarps stayed on roofs, chimneys & walls for many weeks until repairs were done.

Within a month EQC received claims for 17 000 quake damaged chimneys (The Press).


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Heaton St

During the later 6.3 magnitude quake, 22.02.11, Heaton St was awash with liquefaction mud & water.


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, cnr Innes Rd / Papanui Rd. The chimney damaged roof was soon patched, but more than 5 years later the gutter still hung skew. Insurance hassles?


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake toppled chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, Severn St


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Severn St


05.09.10. Wood braced, quake damaged chimney (soon demolished) Severn St

Images, quake damaged Westminster St & Madras St:


05.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Westminster St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed chimney, Westminster St

During the magnitude 6.3 quake, 22.02.11, Severn St & Westminster St were again damaged by liquefaction mud & flooding.


05.09.10. Quake damaged house, Madras St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed chimney, Madras St


05.09.10. Quake damaged pavement & curb, Madras St. Liquefaction silt on pavement


05.09.10. Quake cracked pavement, Madras St


05.09.10. Quake crack across Madras St near Bealey Ave & liquefaction shoving of a concrete manhole about 10 cm above the road surface.

A series of 6 concrete manholes were shoved above Madras St, causing drivers to weave around them for a week, before workmen mounded up the manholes with tar seal, then Madras St became a rollercoaster ride.

Despite Council swiftly repairing some roads, for weeks we drove carefully over unrepaired pot holes & cracks all over Christchurch.

Three weeks post Sept 4 quake, Luke broke his collarbone skateboarding over a pavement pot hole at night.


05.09.10. Quake damage to curb, drain & road, cnr Madras St / Bealey Ave


05.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Madras St, cracked pavement & crack across road, slumping across road entering Bealey Ave. Repaired within a week. This crossing was again damaged by the 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. Workmen repairing quake burst water pipe, cnr Madras St / Bealey Ave. The friendly foreman told me to look at liquefaction damage at Packe St / Purchas St crossing, so I did. This drain & water pipe was again damaged by the 22.02.11 quake

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave, Packe St & Purchas St:


05.09.10. Quake toppled garden wall, Bealey Ave


05.09.10. Quake burst water pipe, cnr Packe St & Bealey Ave. Pipe repaired within days, road tar sealed by month end

During the 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3 quake, Madras St & Bealey Ave were again badly damaged by cracking, buckling, sink holes, liquefaction mud & flooding. I drove through a lake in Madras St about an hour after the Feb 22 quake.

Traffic was gridlocked on Bealey Ave for hours after the Feb 22 quake. I was caught in a big aftershock, thought I'd die in a flooded sink hole, while my car bounced next to it. No escape, traffic lights kaput & cars were stopped everywhere.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Packe St pavement


05.09.10. Quake cracked Packe St


05.09.10. Liquefaction road slumping & road cracks at Packe St / Purchas St crossing


05.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Purchas St


05.09.10. Liquefaction damaged Packe St / Purchas St crossing

Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St, Lichfield St & Poplar Mews:


05.09.10. Quake damaged old brick house wall & chimney, Barbadoes St.

Post quake I expected old brick bldgs to lose value, as so many old brick structures were quake damaged. Old, unreinforced bricks & mortar were simply not quake proof.


05.09.10. Close up of quake damaged side wall & chimney, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake damaged shop & collapsed awning, cnr Barbadoes St / Armagh St. Many old shop awnings collapsed onto pavements in older Christchurch


05.09.10. Quake damaged shop, cnr Barbadoes St / Armagh St. Post quake, the shop was fenced off for weeks.

Barbadoes St was severely cracked, buckled, holed, liquefaction mudded & flooded by the magnitude 6.3 quake, 22.02.11. Four hours after the quake Leah & I, driving our cars in tandem from her London St school back home to Burnside, had to about-turn in Barbadoes St. Only 4x4s were safe enough to drive through the flood in Barbadoes St. Madras St was slightly less flooded & passable in the middle of the road. Mud everywhere, roadsides flooded.


05.09.10. Quake damaged cars crunched by bricks fallen from John Burns Co roof, Lichfield St. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake

On Barbadoes St, by a quake trashed shop, a pavement advert board read:

FISH &
CHIPS
OPEN

That symbolized how businesses battled to stay open in the CBD during the next few quake years.

At this early post quake stage outer police cordons were fluid. I passed the ubiquitous, DANGER KEEP OUT, white, police tape at Barbadoes St (no cops around) & walked down Lichfield St, as I wanted to check the rumour Jake heard, that his old Poplar St flat was destroyed.

Another quake rumour: The previous night we'd heard there was a curfew, but driving along Cashmere Rd below Port Hills, long past curfew time, there was no curfew, as too many cars were driving about. We later heard the curfew was only in the CBD.


05.09.10. Quake damaged John Burns Co, Lichfied St. The bldg was demolished post 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. In the cop cordon, taped off Ash street & Poplar Mews (yellow door) were undamaged. A nearby Lichfield St cnr bldg was quake damaged. Poplar St bldgs were demolished after serial quake damages in 22.02.11, 13.06.11 & 23.12.11 quakes

At deserted Madras St / Lichfield St crossing I asked a cop sitting in a Fulton Hogan truck if I could walk down Madras St & coolpix Poplar St down Ash St, as we'd heard a rumour my son's old flat in Poplar Mews was destroyed. Cop waved me through.

It was strange walking down the middle of deserted Madras St, usually 3 lane, one way, busy traffic. I saw cops at distant crossings, thinly spread. As it was more than 24 hours after the quake emergency, soldiers were making a late entrance. I thought with cops doing guard duties at CBD crossings, criminals would be having a ball in the suburbs.

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


05.09.10. Southern view down quake cordoned Madras St to Sugarloaf, Port Hills. Cops at crossings


05.09.10. Northern view up quake cordoned Madras St to Latimer Sq


05.09.10. Quake damaged bldg (old stables) already cleaned up, cnr Madras St / Bedford Row. Couple of days later I walked past again, bldg was fenced off, aftershock rubble on the road. The old stable was demolished post 22.02.11 & 13.06.11 quake damages


05.09.10. Quake rubberneckers in the outer cop cordon, Lichfield St / Madras St crossing.

A state of emergency would evolve the next day for a week & beyond for 10 days, to quell rubberneckers & confront citizens, using fire service, urban search & rescue, volunteer Civil Defence, cops, soldiers & navy personnel, while bldg inspectors checked bldgs & graded them safe or unsafe with green, yellow & red stickers.

Images, quake damaged Cashel St & Barbadoes St:


05.09.10. Rubberneckers viewing undamaged Inland Revenue building, cnr Cashel St / Madras St at cops' quake cordon


05.09.10. Quake damaged Provincial Hotel, cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Provincial Hotel, cnr Barbadoes St / Cashel St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Like the Provincial Hotel, corner Barbadoes St & Cashel St, many brick or stone gables on old bldgs were snapped off by the quake, leaving heaps of rubble on pavements & roads.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Provincial Hotel, cnr Cashel St / Barbadoes St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Provincial Hotel, cnr Cashel St / Barbadoes St. Demolished post 22.02.11 quake

Within a month scaffolding was erected by Provincial Hotel, a Titan crane removed gables, which were placed on the pavement & the roof was repaired. Provincial Hotel was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.

Down Barbadoes St, the old, brick, Community of the Sacred Name Convent was quake damaged - toppled chimneys & roof damage. The Convent was serial quake damaged in later quakes. It was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged old, brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing day aftershocks. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Close up of quake damaged old, brick Community of the Sacred Name, Anglican Convent, cnr Barbadoes Street / St Asaph St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney & roof, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing day aftershocks. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake

On the diagonally opposite corner, another bldg was quake damaged with collapsed roof. It was demolished within a week, but demolition debris stayed on site for months. The quake damaged bldg next to it was demolished post Boxing Day quakes.


05.09.10. Quake destroyed corner bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Back of quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr St Asaph St / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Front of quake destroyed cnr bldg (soon demolished) cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St


05.09.10. Barbadoes St northern view of quake damaged bldgs, St Asaph St crossing. Cnr bldgs demolished


12.09.10. Quake destroyed cnr bldg demolished within a week, cnr Barbadoes St / St Asaph St. Demolition debris lay at the cnr for weeks after the quake. Green bldg was demolished after Boxing Day aftershocks

Further down Barbadoes St, the Music Centre next to the Roman Catholic Cathedral was quake damaged - rubble on the car park, gables toppled & roof damaged. In 2009, my son Luke had done his Royal Schools of Music theory exam & Drum Kit exam there. After serial quake damages the Music Centre was demolished post 13.06.11 quake.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Music Centre, Barbadoes St, where my son did his Royal Schools of Music theory exam & Trinity College London Drum Kit exam in 2009. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake rubble, Music Centre entrance, Barbadoes St. Bldg was more damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged gable, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. More damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Another quake damaged gable, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged upper roof by weeping elm, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. More damaged by Boxing Day aftershocks & 2011 quakes. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged lower roof by weeping elm, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged turret roof by weeping elm, Music Centre, Barbadoes St. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Quake damaged roof, Music Centre, Barbadoes Street. Demolished post 13.06.11 quake

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave & Stanmore Rd:


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimneys (soon demolished) cnr Fitzgerald Ave & Bealey Ave

I drove to London St to check Leah's Jean Seabrook Memorial School (only school for dyslexics in NZ) undamaged by the quake, as it was a new school built with quake proof materials & techniques. We heard on the news that Christchurch schools would be closed for the next week.

Near Leah's school across Richmond Village Green, on Stanmore Rd pavement I watched an Indian man wearing a red turban cajoling customers into his restaurant with free snacks, as next door Sun Ning Chinese Meals bldg was quake damaged, a wall threatening to fall onto his Indian Restaurant. No customers.

From school on Friday 29.10.10, Leah saw Sun Ning bldg demolished. Sun Ning was rebuilt.


05.09.10. Quaked damaged Sun Ning Chinese Meals, Stanmore Rd. Demolished 29.10.10, state of emergency

Up Stanmore Rd, Richmond Methodist Church hall was quake damaged - parapet bricks toppled into the garden. It was a shock to Leah as her school used the church hall. After serial quake damages, the church was demolished post 13.06.11 quake.


05.09.10. Quake damaged Richmond Methodist Church hall, Stanmore Rd. Shocking to Leah, as her school used the church hall, which was demolished post 13.06.11 quake


05.09.10. Close up of quake damaged Richmond Methodist Church hall, Stanmore Rd. The church hall was demolished post 13.06.11 quake

I parked by the taped cordon at the top of Stanmore Rd, no cops in sight, where an exasperated Civil Defence volunteer, wearing an orange, Hi Vis vest, directed traffic into a detour. He tried turning pedestrians away from the cordon. He was useless. Two girls drove up, remonstrated with him, lifted cordon tapes & drove through. What right did he have to deny traumatised people? I smiled, waved my camera & walked through too.

Beyond cordon tapes more Stanmore Rd bldgs were quake damaged, like Henry Africa's Restaurant - roof damaged, bricks peeled off side walls, debris on pavement. Henry Africa's Restaurant was soon demolished.


05.09.10. Quake damaged blds, Stanmore Rd. Henry Africa's Restaurant right was demolished


05.09.10. Quake damaged Henry Africa's Restaurant roof (demolished) Stanmore Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged cnr of Henry Africa's Restaurant (demolished) Stanmore Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged side of Henry Africa's Restaurant (demolished) Stanmore Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged shop, Stanmore Rd

I drove up Barbadoes St towards Burnside & stopped for quake pics, especially at crossings, like Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd crossing. Shops at the crossing were destroyed with the brick facade peeled off & heaps of bricks lying on the pavement. A telecom cubicle was surrounded by fallen bricks & roof debris, but the glass cubicle was unscathed. The bldg was soon demolished & new shops rebuilt.

Images, quake damaged Barbadoes St & Edgeware Rd:


05.09.10. Quake damaged chimney, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake damaged wall fell into a neighbour's garden, Barbadoes St. Six weeks later the wall was still covered by a blue tarp


05.09.10. Quake damaged bldg front, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake damaged bldg side, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake flung bricks on stream bank, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake rubble before Barbadoes St shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) by Edgeware Rd crossing


05.09.10. Quake destroyed fish & chips & hamburger shop (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Redken (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed shops (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. No wonder telephone lines were jammed after Christchurch quake. Quake damaged shop (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St

Several people tried phoning us unsuccessfully after the 04.09.10 quake. We found Facebook the best way to communicate, especially overseas.


05.09.10. Quake destroyed bldg (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Bricks from a damaged house quake flung into a neighbour's driveway, Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed chimney, Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake damaged Hairdressing, Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Edgeware Rd / Barbadoes St


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd


05.09.10. Quake destroyed Restoration (soon demolished & rebuilt) cnr Barbadoes St / Edgeware Rd

Restoration was a corner shop, corner Barbadoes St & Edgeware Rd. Corner bldgs were often badly quake damaged, already weakened by traffic rumbling for years. Restoration was soon demolished. Within 6 weeks new foundations were laid & Restoration was rebuilt.

Image, quake damaged Innes Rd:


05.09.10. Quake toppled chimney, Innes Rd

Clouds vanished, late afternoon sun shone in blue sky, so I drove home, picked up my family & rubbernecked quake damage along Barbadoes St again. My morning's coolpixing was uncrowded, but by afternoon word had spread & Barbadoes St was busy with quake gawkers.

We also looked at Oxford Tce near Kilmore St, where Jake had flatted in an old house in the Avon Loop. If he'd stayed there during the quake, he would've been flooded by liquefaction silt. Lateral spreading of Avon River bank caused the road to crack. Road cracks were so big, it was easy to plunge our limbs deep into cracks.

Post 22.02.11 quake Avon Loop would be red zoned, all houses due for demolition, including Jake's old rental.

Images, quake damaged Oxford Tce:


05.09.10. Checking a quake crack by a fire engine, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Quake flooding by Avon River, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Arm in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Leg in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Foot in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Rental house in liquefaction mud, Oxford Tce

Soon student gangs would roam Christchurch streets, shovelling liquefaction silt into roadside heaps. Thousands of silt heaps on roadsides, all over Christchurch, became a feature of liquefaction damaged zones, like Bexley, Avonside, Dallington, Halswell.


05.09.10. Seated in a quake crack, Oxford Tce


05.09.10. Heaps of shovelled liquefaction silt, Oxford Tce

Over the next 11 days all over Christchurch, I would see 1 000s of liquefaction silt heaps shovelled from roads, pavements, gardens & houses. All praise to student leader Sam Johnson who Facebook organized gangs of student silt diggers throughout Christchurch. PM Key was impressed with Johnson & said he should enter politics.


05.09.10. Quake crack, Oxford Tce, slumping Avon River bank

Haiti's January 2010 quake, 7.0 magnitude, 250 000 dead. Christchurch's September 2010 quake, 7.1 magnitude, no dead. Had Christchurch's quake struck at 16.35 in the afternoon instead of 4.35 in the morning, I'd've been looking for bodies instead of coolpixing.


05.09.10. Quake crack across Oxford Tce by Avon River

Given extensive Christchurch quake destruction, I would need several days to coolpix. My Nikon Coolpix camera wasn't a fancy, powerful camera with huge lens, so I had to get up close & dirty, sometimes dangerously close to get the pics I wanted.

I wondered about the hazards of brick dust & asbestos dust from destroyed chimneys? I thought if an aftershock caught me & things started falling I'd go for the nearest doorway & cover my head. The middle of a street was unsafe, as bricks & stones flung away from breaking bldgs. Never mind brick facades collapsing, like in Barbadoes St.

FACEBOOK.

Tracey (RSA): Seen the devastation to the CBD on Sky News. It's amazing that no lives were lost. Sending u all +ve thoughts. September 5 at 4.26 am.

Mark: Thanks Tracey. Been a hectic last few hours. Sept 5 at 4.33 am.

Tracey: Did u get any sleep? September 5 at 4.55 am.

Mark: Not much sleep Tracey. Lots of damage in random areas, thousands of houses look OK. Many garden fences broken & chimneys cracked & toppled. Some roofs damaged. Older brick bldgs near rivers were damaged, roads cracked & slumped, flood damage near rivers too. End of the day some traffic lights were still not working, power & water were mostly reconnected. Lots of fire engines, cops & power linesmen roaming. Council roadblocks in dodgy areas too, like Bromley sewage works near Avon / Heathcote Estuary. Civil Defence refuges operating. September 5 at 5.14 am.

Tracey: Hang in there. Lots of reconstruction seems to be required from what I saw. September 5 at 5.19am.

Mark: Night after the quake. Adrenalin still going. Leah & Luke are sleeping OK. Recent destruction images racing thru my mind kept me awake, so I thought to hell with it, let's Facebook. Chch authorities condemn many crappy, old brick bldgs, demolish & rebuild safer bldgs.

Damage I saw yesterday was mainly old, brick bldgs with huge cracks, glass broken, roofs fallen, bricks popped off (often outer brick walls, metal ties useless). Mounds of rubble scattered all over Chch after clean up of properties, pavements & roads.

Heathcote & Avon Rivers are turbid & full. Lots of silt & flood damage on river roads still, some distance from rivers. Reckon pressures of river water & earthquake forced water into jelly-like swamp soil, squeezing water & silt up in odd places like low lying roads & gardens. Saw road drains sucking in tons of water near rivers during the late afternoon. September 5 at 6.27 am.

Sun (NZ): Happy birthday Mark! Sept 5 at 9.06 pm.

Mark: A birthday to remember Sun. Trust you & family survived Chch quake OK. We're brother & sister now, our lives defined - before & after Chch quake: we were there. September 7 at 10.57 am.

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