Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Christchurch Quake Cordon, Quakebuster

National State of Emergency, Wed 02.03.11. A week post 6.3 magnitude Christchurch quake, 22.02.11, as I'd slept through a 4.6 aftershock on Tues night 01.03.11, I thought I'd see the military cordon surrounding CBD quake damage.

Images, quake damaged Papanui Rd:


02.03.11. Quake damaged, boarded house, Papanui Rd, national state of emergency, post Feb 22 quake

I parked my car on Papanui Rd, as I wanted to walk the national state of emergency cordon, starting along Bealey Ave. Walking the whole cordon didn't happen that day, as my coolpix camera card expired & I didn't have spare. What I walked was enough extremes for a day, for a lifetime.


02.03.11. NZTV One News, porta-cabin camp, Papanui Rd, national state of emergency, post Feb 22 quake

NZTV One News was camped in a tar seal car park in 3 white porta-cabins, with white umbrellas, chairs, tables, mega equipment, at the bottom of Papanui Rd, near posh hotels, not lacking home comforts, while 1 000s of Christchurch citizens were without jobs, power, water connections, sewage connections, in the shit.


02.03.11. Sept 4 quake & Feb 22 quake damaged Carlton Hotel, cnr Papanui Rd / Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. Carlton Hotel was soon demolished. Offices & a Burger King were rebuilt


One News jabberers just rolled out of posh hotel beds & there was destroyed Carlton pub bldg, parapet decapitated, top side wall ripped off, exposing top storey rooms, jumbled contents & silence.

Bealey Ave facade, Carlton Hotel was metal braced & scaffolded, more damaged by the Feb 22 quake, backdrop to TV. One News waited for NZDF soldiers & cops to allow them through state of emergency cordons to rubberneck & chatter with authoritarian Civil Defence, Council, cop, USAR / TF gurus about CBD destruction.

Never mind 1 000s of citizens with real quake stories, kept out of the CBD. Too much trouble for news puppies.

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


02.03.11. Cop & NZDF soldiers at CBD cordon & quake trashed bldgs, cnr Victoria St / Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. Both bldgs were demolished


02.03.11. Sept 4 quake & Feb 22 quake trashed Knox Presbyterian Church, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, national state of emergency. Civil Defence, NZRT wore red overalls


A Japanese TV crew camped in two brown mini buses on the road island opposite Knox Presbyterian Church, traffic grinding in three directions around them, swirling liquefaction dust. Jap TV was there, as Jap students were killed by the quake collapsed CTV bldg, where 115 people died.

While I coolpixed, NZDF soldiers & cops guarded Victoria St, plastic taped & coned cordon. I saw right through the Feb 22 quake trashed Knox Church - sideways. (The Sept 4 quake had toppled pointy brick gables like Toblerone chocolates). Walls ripped off, rubble on the pavement. A gaggle of Civil Defence, NZRT, on the pavement in red overalls & orange hard hats awaited instructions. Like after the Boxing Day quake, NZRT were doing their dogsbody job again, checking rubble & escorting bldg inspectors.

Two navy-blue clad, USAR / TF blokes chucked debris off a Knox Church roof, looking for bodies.


02.03.11. Jap TV crew camped on Bealey Ave road island opp quake trashed Knox Church, national state of emergency. Jap students were killed by the quake collapsed CTV bldg

A white truck with Quakebusters logo on the door rattled past. Christchurch citizens were all Quakebusters, we'd survived 3 major quakes & 1 000s of aftershocks within 6 months.

The safest way to wander down Bealey Ave, one week post Feb 22 quake & into the second week of the national state of emergency, with the CBD cordon on my right, was to walk on grassy, road islands in the middle of Bealey Ave, protected by an avenue of oak trees, chestnut & birch trees. I saw a series of quake destroyed bldgs & crossings on my left & right, with military cordon checkpoints, NZDF soldiers & cops at each crossing on my right.

Leah was off work due to national state of emergency school closures, awaiting post quake school safety inspections. Luke's tech workshops & lectures were also closed for inspections.

Jake lost his best friend, restaurant job, quake flooded flat & possessions, although still paid by his employer, awaiting bldg inspection. (Businesses received business interruption insurance payouts, covering employees' post quake wages). After a restaurant, old, brick bldg had collapsed next to Jake during the quake, Jake ripped out a hot water cylinder with his bare hands & pulled work mates from restaurant rubble.

It was traumatic for Jake to cope with grief & save quake ravaged possessions & move flat along quake trashed roads to a "safer" quake trashed, garage flat off Cranford St. Post Feb 22 quake, including a bitterly cold winter, he moved flat 3 times in 6 months & went on the dole. As Christchurch hospitality industry was fucked by the Feb 22 quake, it would take 6 months before Jake found another hospitality job in Christchurch. During that time we helped Jake relocate, salvage some of his possessions, like sewage flushed washing & pay some of his rent.

On her daily work trek Leah drove along Bealey Ave to her London St School. I wanted to see quake damaged London St, Stanmore Rd & environs.

Most noticeable was people walking or cycling with masks, handkerchiefs or bandannas covering their noses & mouths, due to liquefaction dust & dry sewage, whipped up by the hot nor'wester. Never mind asbestos, silicon & concrete dust from damaged & demolished bldgs.

The closer I walked to Fitzgerald Ave crossing & London St, the more dusty & gritty the air became, my hair, beard, mouth, teeth, eyes & nose gritted up. I spat great gobs along the way, not wanting to swallow dry crap in the wind.

Some Bealey Ave bldgs, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, were fence cordoned for months, in an unstable state, hazardous to people & traffic & were only demolished post Feb 22 quake.

Intersperse the following quake damages I saw, with NZDF soldiers & cops on my right at road cone & danger taped, cordoned crossings, for an idea of the military cordon along Bealev Ave. Gridlocked traffic bumped along in 2-3, quake trashed lanes, both sides of central road islands on Bealey Ave.

I coolpixed the most obvious Bealey Ave quake damages, both roadsides, going in a west - east direction from Papanui Rd / Victoria St crossing to Whitmore St / London St / Fitzgerald Ave crossing. Roof tiles were loosened on roofs & brick & concrete garden walls were flattened by the Feb 22 quake. Heaps of bricks lay on pavements, or in gardens, or in driveways.

Walls were stripped off bldgs too, like Bealey Pharmacy, with brick crushed cars alongside. Bealey Pharmacy was soon demolished. Two houses were tilted together & forwards by the Feb 22 quake. They were soon demolished.


02.03.11. Quake leaning bldg opp Knox Church, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, military cordon, national state of emergency. A next door bldg was already demolished post Sept 4 quake - empty demolition site


02.03.11. FOR SALE house & rubble on Bealey Ave pavement, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Two NZDF soldiers & locals at military cordon, Montreal St / Bealey Ave junction, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Fence cordoned, brick house, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. House was demolished

A brick house was fence cordoned for months post Sept 4 quake. (Brick house should've been demolished). Two brick walls collapsed. "Dolls house" rooms & contents naked, surrounded by collapsed brick rubble in the garden & on the pavement. The fence cordon obstructed traffic. The brick house was demolished post 22.02.11 quake.


02.03.11. Demolished The Deanery brick bldg, a rubble heap, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency

The Deanery was quake damaged & red stickered post Sept 4 quake, but not demolished. The Deanery was only demolished post Feb 22 quake.


02.03.11. Demolished double storey bldg, damaged in the Sept 4 quake, trashed in the Feb 22 quake, a heap of rubble, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Durham St Nth / Bealey Ave junction, military cordon, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Bealey Ave traffic islands, national state of emergency. Cronos water tank left

By Southern Cross Hospital, 2 Cronos water tanks were parked on Bealey Ave. Another 2 Cronos water tanks were parked on Caledonian Rd around the corner.


02.03.11. Quake damaged, double storey, renovated, wooden bldg, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. Leah's school once considered buying it.


02.03.11. Bealey Dental Clinic, roof & wall damaged, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Collapsed Bealey Pharmacy, brick bldg, cars crushed alongside. Useless, new galvanized iron on parapets, after Sept 4 quake, cnr Bealey Ave / Colombo St, national state of emergency. Bealey Pharmacy was soon demolished, shops were rebuilt




02.03.11. NZDF soldier checkpoint at military cordon, Colombo St / Bealey Ave crossing, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Two NZDF soldiers at military cordon, Manchester St / Bealey Ave crossing, national state of emergency


02.03.11. FOR LEASE, house wall collapsed, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Two wooden houses, red stickered, tilted together & tilted forward, in a Feb 22 quake state of collapse, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. The 2 houses were soon demolished



02.03.11. Red stickered house, tilted garage, split EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE builder sign on garage door, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency

A Bealey Ave, garage door sign read:

EARTHQUAKE DAMAGE

* DEMOLITION
* BUILDING
* RECONSTRUCTION
* ROOFING
* REPAIRS
* MAINTENANCE...

Post Sept 4 quake, many quake repairs signs had sprung up around Christchurch.


02.03.11. NZDF soldiers at military cordon, Madras St / Bealey Ave crossing, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Flooding a week post Feb 22 quake on Bealey Ave / Madras St cnr, cracked tar seal & broken iron drain, national state of emergency. The audiology clinic beyond was demolished & replaced with a dental clinic rebuild

The Sept 4 quake broke a water main by Madras St & Bealey Ave corner. The drain was repaired & tar sealed. Feb 22 quake damaged the water main, drain & road again.



02.03.11. Brick house wall collapsed by a Richmond / Shirley road sign, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Brick house wall collapsed, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Quake damaged, double storey, wooden house porch, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Collapsed concrete brick, garden wall, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Sink hole & road cone, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Bealey Courts, breeze block, wall rubble in garden, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. NZDF soldiers & locals at military cordon, Bealey Ave / Barbadoes St crossing, national state of emergency. Post quakes the Mobil garage was closed for more than a year


02.03.11. NZDF soldiers, locals & Jap media camera at military cordon, Barbadoes St / Bealey Ave crossing, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Cop & soldiers stopping traffic at Barbadoes St / Bealey Ave crossing cordon, national state of emergency

02.03.11. Barbadoes St crossing by Mobil garage, military cordon. A Jap cameraman waited with big black tripod & camera on the cordon corner. Another Jap waited for news from Civil Defence in the glassy Art Gallery (Civil Defence HQ). Japs I spoke to knew little English. They were aching to get into the CBD, as Jap language students had died in the collapsed CTV bldg, Madras St / Cashel St corner. Pain was on faces of all Jap camera crew I saw.


02.03.11. Barbadoes St / Bealey Ave crossing cordon, national state of emergency. Mobil garage was fence cordoned, closed for more than a year, post Feb 22 quake. Many Christchurch garages were closed & fence cordoned post Feb 22 quake - leaky, damaged fuel tanks.


02.03.11. Brick rubble on Bealey Ave pavement, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Brick house rubble in Bealey Ave garden, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Woman wearing a liquefaction dust mask, Bealey Ave pavement, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Man water blasting liquefaction silt, Bealey Ave driveway, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Seated NZDF soldiers, cnr Bealey Ave / Churchill St cordon, national state of emergency. Not the first or last seated soldiers I saw during Christchurch quakes


02.03.11. Military LAV & NZDF soldiers guarding Bealey Ave / Fitzgerald Ave cordon crossing, national state of emergency

Between Bealey Ave & Kilmore St, a Fitzgerald Ave northbound lane by Avon Loop collapsed in the Feb 22 quake. That Fitzgerald Ave, northbound lane was cordoned for over a year, due to road rebuild.

On Feb 22 quake afternoon, London St from Bealey Ave to Stanmore Rd, was liquefaction hell - cars trapped in liquefaction ooze; flooding; wet silt oozing in gardens, road, pavements & driveways.

People stood around shocked, looking at cracked driveways & pavements. Bricks were flung off walls. Water & mud oozed on soggy ground. Cars sloshed over mud, bumps & sink holes.

There was gridlock along Bealey Ave where I'd experienced one aftershock intense enough to bounce my car. Cops detoured traffic along Whitmore St away from London St & Fitzgerald Ave. Chaos. I'd abandoned my car on Whitmore St & walked to Leah's London St School.

A week post quake, London St was chaos with gridlock traffic going to & from Bealey Ave & Stanmore Rd. There were heaps of dry liquefaction silt, roads still bumpy, but dry, flooding gone.

London St was dusty, as Civil Defence / Council hadn't cleared drying liquefaction silt a week post quake, despite 1 000s of cars forced to use Stanmore Rd & London St as main thoroughfares, due to Fitzgerald Ave cordon.

Dust was a health hazard, with people wandering around in masks, clouds of gritty dust everywhere, the nor'wester whipping up dust clouds in London St, traffic adding to the health hazard. Fulton Hogan tankers sprayed water along roads, laying dust briefly, inadequate & made a muddy mess. I dreaded the thought of germs invading Leah's school, after liquefaction silt, flooding, wind, dust, spray & traffic.

Seven months post Feb 22 quake, parts of London St were still in bad repair - lumpy & bumpy. Most days I drove along London St, so knew it well, inch by silted, bumpy inch.

Fifteen months post Feb 22 quake, like many Christchurch roads, London St was still in bad repair, the worst lumps & bumps right outside Leah's school. Whenever a heavy vehicle passed, the double storey school shook. In 2015 the school was repaired 4+ years post Feb 22 quake. That's how long it took to sort out EQC & insurer delays. There were 1 000s more delayed repairs / rebuilds, caused by EQC & insurer hassles.

Images, quake damaged London St:


02.03.11. Sept 4 quake & Feb 22 quake trashed house, London St, national state of emergency. The house was demolished


02.03.11. Rubbish bins, liquefaction silt & gridlock traffic, London St, national state of emergency

Leah's school smelt shitty, the worst I'd smelt in both quakes. I found 3 dad's digging liquefaction silt out of the playground in front of Leah's classroom. I thanked them & offered them water, they had their own. They'd already cleared silt from the gravel car park - 3 piles.

A huge silt pile was outside the school front gate. A silt volcano was at the back of the car park - it had trapped Leah's Honda - grey & dusty. A week ago when I'd last seen it, 4 hours post quake, it was still oozing grey mud & grey water.

Deja Vu: The 13.06.11, mag 6.3 quake liquefaction silted Christchurch, London St & Leah's school all over again. More silt digging!


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt & gridlock traffic by school, London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt diggers, school playground, London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt digger, school playground, London St, national state of emergency

By Richmond Working Men's Club, London St, I walked through choking dust raised by traffic, past the collapsed brick parapet. The brick damaged, white car I'd seen on Feb 22 quake day was gone.

I crossed Richmond Village Green opposite New World supermarket, past the kids playground & kicked through a dusty, grey silt mound. A week ago on quake day, when the mud was pristine, I saw a mom & her daughter nervously leaping over grey water & mud piles in the middle of the park.


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt, school car park, Pavitt St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt volcano, school car park, London St, national state of emergency

Beside the park on Pavitt St, I looked at dry mud piles & the damaged road. On Feb 22 quake afternoon, I saw cars fording flood water across the road. Families sat in their soggy gardens, fear on their staring faces, too scared to be inside their homes, while aftershocks pounded us. I'd directed a woman driver's car away from a crack in the middle of the road, hidden by liquefaction mud by Richmond School.


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt & gridlock traffic, London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt, Pavitt St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt, cnr Pavitt St / London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Dry liquefaction silt, a health hazard, London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake damage to brick Richmond Working Men's Club, London St, national state of emergency. 6 months later this Club section was demolished. The Club was completely demolished in stages over 2 years


02.03.11. Gridlock traffic by London St / Stanmore Rd crossing & quake damaged Richmond Working Men's Club, national state of emergency. 6 months later this Club section was demolished. The Club was completely demolished in stages over 2 years

I wandered down dusty Stanmore Rd & coolpixed a house with collapsed end wall; people lining up for free gas at a gas station; people wearing mask protection against flying dust; a brawny bloke digging liquefaction silt outside the gas station.

Posties cycled by, wearing masks, getting post back to normal. Next day, Wed, we got our first letter, 8 days post quake. A water tanker sprayed Stanmore Rd, laying liquefaction dust, briefly. Portaloos lined the road. 30 km speed limit signs slowed traffic down, stopping more road damage.

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd:


02.03.11. Liquefaction silt dust, cnr Stanmore Rd / London St, national state of emergency


o2.03.11. HireQuip loo by quake damaged bldg & liquefaction silt, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Queue for free, gas bottle refills, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Telecom workman wearing a mask against liquefaction dust, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Woman wearing a mask against liquefaction dust, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Woman wearing mask against liquefaction dust, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Water truck spraying liquefaction silt dust, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Stanmore Rd wetted to lay liquefaction silt dust, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Post quake Stanmore Rd, road works & road wetted to lay liquefaction dust, national state of emergency

A home made, cardboard roadside read:

PLEASE SLOW
DOWN
YOUR ROCKIN MY
WORLD!!!

Home made road signs were raised all over Christchurch, warning motorists about Feb 22 quake trashed road conditions.


02.03.11. Home made road sign, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Stanmore Rd speed limit, HireQuip loo & watered road, laying liquefaction dust, national state of emergency

By Stanmore Rd Bridge, at River Rd  & Avonside Dr crossings, both sides of the bridge, there were huge road cracks, caused by lateral spreading of Avon River banks. A light plinth had collapsed off the bridge onto the river bank, Avonside Dr side. Avon River was an open sewer, as many sewage pipes had broken, flushing sewage into the river. Sewage polluted Avon River for many post quake months.

Avonside Dr was cracked by lateral spreading of Avon River bank. Some white lines on the road had sheared with great slabs of tar seal moved more than 10 cm apart. Since the Sept 4 quake, all over Christchurch & surrounding towns like Kaiapoi, there was vast movements of tar seal on roads, pavements & footpaths & movements of concrete driveways, with huge cracks showing the movement. Never mind quake damage to underground infrastructure, needing billions of dollars to fix.


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracked River Rd by Stanmore Rd Bridge, national state of emergency. Avon River bank lateral spreading.


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracked River Rd & Avon River bank slumping by Stanmore Rd Bridge, cnr River Rd / Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency. Avon River bank lateral spreading


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake toppled, light plinth, Stanmore Rd Bridge, cnr Stanmore Rd / Avonside Dr, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Stanmore Rd Bridge, upriver view of sewage polluted Avon River, post Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency. Deserted Avonside Dr left, River Rd right


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracks at Avonside Dr / Stanmore Rd crossing, national state of emergency. Avon River bank lateral spreading. Cracks were soon repaired, but riverside subsidence continued during aftershocks for more than a year


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake damage to Avonside Dr / Stanmore Rd crossing, national state of emergency. Cracks were soon repaired, but riverside subsidence continued during aftershocks for more than a year


02.03.11. Cordoned & quake cracked Avonside Dr crossing, by gridlocked Stanmore Rd Bridge, national state of emergency. Avon River bank lateral spreading. Cracks were soon repaired, but riverside subsidence continued during aftershocks for more than a year


02.03.11. Car negotiating quake sunk Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency. The road section had trapped a car in roadside, liquefaction mud. Left house was badly damaged. The houses were demolished in 2013-14


02.03.11. Gridlocked, quake damaged Stanmore Rd & pavement, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Masked lady, liquefaction silt, road repair & Stanmore Rd gridlock, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Temp repairs to quake trashed Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency. Housing & Avonside Trinity Church behind, badly damaged. Avonside Trinity Church was demolished


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged housing & collapsed brick wall, Avonside Trinity, Parish Hall, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency. Parish Hall was demolished


02.03.11. Quake rubble, Stanmore Rd gridlock, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Couple having tea, watching Stanmore Rd gridlock, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Quake rubble truck, Stanmore Rd gridlock, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Gridlock & fence cordon on Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency

Further down Stanmore Rd by Worcester St crossing, near where Jake had worked, Sept 4 quake damaged bldgs were worse post Feb 22 quake. More collapsed roofs, broken facades, tilted facades, "dolls house" walls torn off on more than one bldg, like the place was blitzed. Rubble & junk lay on pavements & road, all fence cordoned, obstructing traffic. A couple sat in their flat garden drinking tea, watching traffic gridlock. A truck filled with quake rubble rumbled by. It shook the road like another quake.


02.03.11. USAR / TF graffiti on Stanmore Rd pavement by fence cordon, national state of emergency

Citizen complaints soon arose about destructiveness / acquisitiveness of bldg inspectors, Urban Search & Rescue (USAR/ TF) teams, NZDF soldiers. e.g. Spray painted graffiti - pink, yellow, orange, green, on pavements & bldgs; willfully broken doors & windows; jewellery missing; furniture used by NZDF soldiers. Officious officials who were supposed to be saving cordoned out citizens from themselves were causing more damages by breakages, graffiti & helping themselves.

NZDF soldiers' looting: Gotta ask where all those chairs, benches & sofas came from, which I saw NZDF soldiers using at cordon checkpoints? Since when was using citizens' private property, like chairs & sofas, with the intention of not giving it back, not looting?

Yet citizens were prevented from entering the CBD cordon by NZDF soldiers, to secure their business records & property.


02.03.11. Fence cordoned shop, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Armagh St gridlock inching into Stanmore Rd gridlock, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Stanmore Rd gridlock by fence cordoned shop, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Overgrown garden & boarded, abandoned house, post Sept 4 quake, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency

Collapsed Argonaut bldg: Intact pre Feb 22 quake, when I'd wandered by a couple of weeks ago. Roof caved in, rubble on pavement & road. Workmen on a next door roof, by a peeled second floor corner room, chucked rubble off the roof, assisted by a roadside digger.


02.03.11. Argonaut, double storey, brick bldg, collapsed in the Feb 22 quake. (Soon demolished). Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Visions damaged in the Sept 4 quake, relocated across the road, trashed in the Feb 22 quake, Stanmore Rd, national state of emergency. Visions was soon demolished


02.03.11. Stanmore Rd shop, damaged in the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency. Shop was soon demolished


02.03.11. Heart messages (& flowers for the deceased) appeared on many fence cordons after the Feb 22 quake. Stanmore Rd fence cordon, national state of emergency. Shop was soon demolished


I wandered past a heavily equipped photographer trying to put his camera over a cordon fence. I just stuck my lens through fence holes. He had a heavy backpack, camera & massive lens, like a club.

I coolpixed a man in a wheelchair on Worcester St corner, waiting for traffic lights. He wore a dust mask & gave me the finger. The other photographer snapped him with a long lens. His dearer pics may have been better than mine, but I was closer to the action.

The shop by the wheelchair man collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake - corner Stanmore Rd / Worcester St.


02.03.11. Fingered by wheelchair man, wearing a dust mask against liquefaction silt, cnr Stanmore Rd / Worcester St, national state of emergency. Shop behind collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake


02.03.11. Indian spice ad by cordon fence, cnr Stanmore Rd / Worcester St, national state of emergency. Shop collapsed in the 13.06.11 quake

I wandered further down Stanmore Rd, & turned into Hereford St towards the CBD, as I wanted to see Sept 4 quake damaged houses I'd coolpixed a couple of weeks ago. They were worse after the Feb 22 quake.

I saw a man & woman in Hi Vis vests inspecting a house, then my coolpix memory card expired. I deleted some old pics. I turned right into Fitzgerald Ave, walking towards Kilmore St crossing.

Images, quake damaged Hereford St:


02.03.11. Quake brick rubble, Hereford St, national state of emergency. Quake trashed Hotel Grand Chancellor beyond was demolished


02.03.11. Civil Defence checking houses, Hereford St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Brick house, tilted by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Wooden bracing proved useless in the Feb 22 quake. Hereford St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. House damaged by Sept 4 quake, trashed by Feb 22 quake, Hereford St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. House damaged by Sept 4 & Feb 22 quakes, Hereford St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Boarded house damaged by the Sept 4 quake, Hereford St, national state of emergency

At Gloucester St crossing cordon, I asked a NZDF soldier, trooper Lomond, if I could short cut along Fitzgerald Ave back to my car, via Bealey Ave again. I explained I'd run out of camera memory card & wanted to avoid dusty Stanmore Rd. We found we were distantly related. Strange meeting.

Two scowling, fat cops sat on chairs while we talked, reminding me of well paid apartheid bosses, relaxing, while poor labourers did the hard work.

Generally I was impressed by NZDF, cordon soldiers, intelligent young men, upright, polite & efficient.

Cops were less impressive.

I wandered on my own up Fitzgerald Ave in the CBD cordon, deserted, no traffic, no one, lucky me. I think trooper Lomond liked me.

I coolpixed a massive quake sink hole about 3 road lanes wide, which had gobbled 2 & a bit lanes & some of the grassy road island, close to old Pickwicks Antiques bldg which was badly damaged. Pickwicks was demolished over many months.

Images, quake damaged Fitzgerald Ave:


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake sink hole, Fitzgerald Ave, CBD cordon, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged "Pickwicks" bldgs, Fitzgerald Ave, CBD cordon, national state of emergency. "Pickwicks" was made safe & demolished over many months

At Kilmore St cordon trooper Bloxham wasn't so kind. He said the rest of Fitzgerald Ave would be impassable for me, not even on the side of the road I suggested, where I'd snapped quake pics on Feb 22 quake day. That's what the national state of emergence cordons did - block citizens.

I detoured back to Stanmore Rd along deeply cracked Avonside Dr, usually thick with traffic, deserted, the road slumped along Avon River bank, due to lateral spreading. A beige Unimog troop carrier passed, 3 NZDF soldiers in front. They ignored me.

I passed 2 sucker trucks, sucking sewage by the Avon, River Rd side. I wandered in the CBD cordon back to Stanmore Rd Bridge by sewage polluted Avon. Christchurch was invaded by sucker trucks from all over NZ, slurping sludge from quake trashed infrastructure. The national state of emergency enabled dragooning of sucker trucks. Sucker trucks sucked Christchurch for many months, unblocking drains & sewage pipes, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Three years later in Timaru, I'd recognise Allens blue, sucker trucks I'd seen slurping Christchurch.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


02.03.11. NZDF Unimog on deserted, Feb 22 quake cracked Avonside Dr, CBD cordon, national state of emergency. Lateral spreading by Avon River bank. The crack was repeatedly repaired, but riverside subsidence continued for more than a year


02.03.11. Sewage sucker trucks cleaning quake cracked River Rd. Avon River seen from Avonside Dr, CBD cordon, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Avonside Dr, quake cracked, cordon view of Stanmore Rd gridlock by Stanmore Rd Bridge, national state of emergency. Lateral Spreading by Avon River bank. The crack was repeatedly repaired, but riverside subsidence continued for more than a year


02.03.11. Masked Civil Defence lady directing traffic, Stanmore Rd / Avonside Dr crossing, national state of emergency

I watched a woman directing gridlock traffic at Avonside Dr / Stanmore Rd crossing. She wore a dust mask, yellow, Hi Vis vest & shorts. Besides the fallen light plinth, Stanmore Rd Bridge was OK, but either side, the road had slumped with cars climbing up & over the bridge. The 22.02.11 quake skewed many Christchurch road bridges - abutments tilted into riverside mud & spans horizontally rotated, with concrete spalling where spans bashed abutments.

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd & London St:


02.03.11. Man digging liquefaction silt & washing Stanmore Rd pavement to lay hazardous dust, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Rubbish collector wearing a liquefaction dust mask in gridlock traffic, London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. People wearing dust masks, due to liquefaction dust whipped up by the nor'wester & gridlock traffic, London St, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Funeral Home sign, London St, national state of emergency. Trade increased for funeral homes post Feb 22 quake

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


02.03.11. NZDF soldiers & LAV guarding the CBD military cordon, cnr Bealey Ave / Fitzgerald Ave, national state of emergency

I wandered back up dusty, gritty Stanmore Rd, back to Bealey Ave, where I coolpixed close ups from the pavement, opposite the CBD military cordon: "dolls house" rooms of the collapsed, brick walled house; Cronos water tanks beside Southern Cross Hospital, Bealey Ave; Madras St drain damage; collapsed Bealey Pharmacy with brick crushed cars...


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake, dry liquefaction silt, a health hazard, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Water tanker spraying liquefaction silt dust, whipped up by the nor'wester, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Boarded, quake damaged, brick house wall, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Water spray from tanker, laying liquefaction silt dust along Bealey Ave. Tilted, quake damaged houses back drop, national state of emergency. Tilted houses were soon demolished


02.03.11. Feb 22 quake collapsed Bealey Pharmacy (soon demolished) Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Post Feb 22 quake, Cronos water tank, Southern Cross Hospital, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Demolished Maori Marae, trashed by Feb 22 quake, cnr Springfield Rd / Bealey Ave, national state of emergency


02.03.11. Brick house, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, fence cordoned for months, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Bealey Ave national state of emergency. Old brick house was demolished







On the dusty footpath, I passed a cardboard box with plastic bottled water inside, with instruction: "Boil." I passed a blonde flogging little, brown bottles of Christchurch Relief Essence from a table.

I stopped at 2 black, plastic-bagged trees, an olive & a pittosporum, both toppled by the gritty nor'wester, both red ribboned with quake messages & tied with cardboard tags & quake messages. I wrote, "Pray for Christchurch" & tied it to a tree.


02.03.11. Ribboned & tagged Feb 22 quake memorial trees, Bealey Ave, national state of emergency. Trees blown over by hot, dry nor'wester


02.03.11. Knox Church, damaged by Sept 4 quake, trashed by Feb 22 quake, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St, national state of emergency. Brick walls were made safe, & part demolished. The skeleton church stood derelict for 2 years & was restored in 2014 with copper cladding


That Wednesday night, TV news said authorities were considering relaxing the CBD military cordon to allow people to fetch possessions & business records from the CBD. A bit late, as subsequent news reported that thieves had already stolen goods from the closed CBD, military cordon. So much for NZDF soldier / cop checkpoints & their surveillance.


02.03.11. Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged Carlton Hotel, cnr Bealey Ave / Papanui Rd, national state of emergency. Carlton Hotel was soon demolished. Offices & a Burger King were rebuilt


02.03.11. Papanui Rd repairs near Bealey Ave, national state of emergency

Before returning home to Burnside I drove to National Bank branches, at Papanui & Riccarton, but both were closed. I then joined a long queue at Upper Riccarton, National Bank, to get money & shopped at Bush Inn mall. The supermarket was undergoing quake repairs while shoppers shopped.

Back home, a LANSAR lady knocked on our front door, inquiring whether we were OK. She told us we were listed, "Missing." Later Red Cross phoned, inquiring the same. We found out later a Melbourne mate had tried to phone us several times, so asked Aussie Red Cross to search for us as, "Missing persons."He was a Fijian, SAS veteran, so knew how to kick emergency services' asses. LANSAR camped at Halswell Domain for the duration, separated from USAR / TF, camped at Latimer Sq.

Another aftershock while I typed, Thurs 03.03.11, magnitude 3.9 at 18:53. (Geonet)


02.03.11. LANSAR lady at our front door, checking our "missing" family was quake OK. LANSAR camped at Halswell Domain for the duration, separated from USAR / TF camped at Latimer Sq.


02.03.11. National Bank queue, Upper Riccarton Branch open. Two other branches I'd been to were quake closed.


02.03.11. Repairs to Bush Inn, countdown, fruit & vegetables section, Riccarton Rd

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Mark: Death toll 154. [Final toll 185]. Two minutes silence will be observed in NZ today 12:51, Tues 01.03.11, a week post quake. Several mag 3+ & mag 4+ aftershocks yesterday.

Luke camping with girlfriend. Jake & girlfriend staying with friends a while, showered at our place yesterday, no water at their flat. Leah's school structurally OK, no water yet. Mar 1 at 4:52 am.

Averil (RSA): Saw devastation of quake on CNN - funeral of 5 month old - youngest victim. Also showed gigantic cavity in Christchurch - looked like a giant mud pool. 1/2 building faces. Shake my head in disbelief. Mar 1 at 6:20 am.

Mark: Disbelief alright. All the details of destruction. Been doing lots of head shaking lately. Many pics I'd taken last few months show more damage to already damaged brick & stone bldgs. Watch TV like a hawk to see the differences in bldgs, some unrecognizable, so damaged.

[Citizens were banned from the CBD cordon, on pain of arrest by soldiers & cops, for 28 months, while the CBD was demolished, firstly by Civil Defence, then CERA, post national state of emergency].

Hopefully in the CBD cordon, Civil Defence is making good use of the national state of emergency & demolishing all the rubbish bldgs fast, this time round, not wittering & messing about. Saw the Sydenham Heritage Church, an old, stone church, gone on Colombo St / Brougham St cnr the other day, demolished at last, a pile of stones. Had stood unused & hazardous for years. Mar 1 at 9:49 am.

Mark: Averil. Just seen the "hole" on TV aerial view. Think its Redcliffs or Sumner cliff side suburbs, where cliffs fell & rocks fell. Sumner was closed yesterday for checking loose rocks above houses. Clifton suburb is also bad, where people are camping in their gardens on cliff tops. Mar 1 at 10:19am.

Averil (RSA): Shame Mark - too terrible. Mar 1 at 3:18 pm.

Mark: Wary of undercover parking @ Northlands Mall due to aftershocks yesterday. Left soon, bank closed still. Riccarton bank too. Finally got cash @ Upper Riccarton bank after a long queue. Shopped @ Bush Inn, some shelves low stock, due to quake breakages & resupply needed. Expensive. Barrington Mall, afternoon silty, dusty, most shops closed. No water. Supermarket open, dusty. Barrington Park nearby, muddied by liquefaction. Mar 1 at 6:25 am.

[Eventually, I stopped shopping at Northlands Mall, Pak 'n Save, nervous of all the quake cracks in undercover parking, concrete beams & columns. Changed my weekly shopping to Hornby Mall, Pak 'n Save, or Moorhouse Ave, Pak 'n Save. Some supermarkets were closed for years, due to quake damages, demolitions & rebuilds: Ferrymead countdown, St Martins New World, Redcliffs New World.]

Mark: Public toilets closed at Barrington Park. Until inspection. Had to sneak around & piss in a bush. Out of Africa man. Mar 1 at 6:32 am.

Alan (USA): U can take an African out of the bush, but u can't take the bush out of the African. Piss away. Mar 1 at 6:40 am.

Mark: Postal services stopped for a week post quake. Some suburbs like ours hopefully getting post today, 1st time post quake. Saw a big double PO box yesterday, toppled on a pavement. Mar 1 at 9:56 am.

Mark: Visited by a nice Land Search And Rescue lady today, wearing orange, Hi Vis vest, brown shorts & boots at our door. Swapped quake stories, checked our family was OK. Checked our neighbours too. 5 minutes later Red Cross phoned, checking same & ID details of family. Melbourne buddies got them to check on us as, "missing persons." Couldn't phone us for days, landlines jammed. Mar 1 at 10:02 am.

Gail (UK): Read your writing in the Daily News. Does not sound good over there. Glad to hear Jake is okay. Mar 1 at 8:41 pm.

Mark: Gail. Our suburb & NW suburbs got off lightly, central & seaside suburbs & some Port Hills suburbs bad. Durban's Daily News journalist, NBHS buddy, did a good write up of my initial impressions, few hours post Feb 22 quake. Seems a lifetime ago, a week ago. Incredible times we're surviving. Chaos. I spent most of the first night after the quake drafting words.

Jake still without water. 66% of the city now connected to water, the rest still battling. (86% power restored). Water collected from tanks or wells, some wells newly opened by those who know how. We feed Jake & girlfriend when needed & help them with new flat settling in, business, bank, shopping, etc, whenever we can.

Still washing Jake's & girlfriend's clothes, stinking outside on the deck, smells like sewage flooded over them. Got a note in our letterbox yesterday, people collecting wet or dry clothes, new market sprung up for those in need. Mar 2 at 5:28 am.

Mark: 155 dead [final toll185] 2 minutes silence yesterday, week post quake. TV showed various groups around NZ, in silence, grieving. Mar 2 at 5:39 am.

Mark: 29 C yesterday, hottest place in NZ, wind swirling liquefaction dust all over. Leah dislikes the dust, makes her chesty. Some people wearing masks for protection, incl CBD cordon soldiers. 120 000 tons of silt removed (TV news) 180 000 tons (Star) whatever, city a dust bowl in places when the wind blows. Mar 2 at 5:45 am.

Mark: New quake, national state of emergency declared yesterday, another week.

Sewage contaminated rivers, estuary & sea water. 30 000 chemical toilets for those without running water. [Jake got one, stinky, despite chemicals].

Nearly 300 people staying at welfare centres, like Burnside HS near home. Mar 2 at 5:51 am.

Mark: Star article: Seismologists (like Sept 4 quake) hadn't a clue where the Feb 22 quake came from, thought Lyttelton was quiet. Experts! Consequently, no warning whatsoever. Experts fiddled with computer stats trying to find various fault links. Maybe serious walking in the Port Hills may be a better way of finding faults. Mar 2 at 5:56 am.

[Seismologists & geologists soon checked Port Hills & Pegasus Bay, looking for more faults. I heard mockers squawking, "Hindsight, 20 / 20 Hindsight ..." But all knowledge & education was hindsight].

Mark: So far 10 000 people were signed up for workers aid packages. [Including Jake].

PM Key ordered inquiry into collapse of PGC & CTV bldgs. Let's hear the names of the safety inspectors who passed those bldgs safe after the last quake Key, for their come uppance. Mar 2 at 6: 04 am.

[Rebuttal next by another troll. I taught with him in SA, when he was an unqualified "teacher." He became a qualified NZ engineer, then left for Brisbane. Patronising from afar, with no quake experience]:

Grant (Aus): It is good to see that there is an inquiry, but remember those buildings were built a long time ago and certainly before the latest edition of the NZ earthquake standards.

When we lived in Chch from 1994-2001, the code was amended at least twice, after the LA quake & the Kobe quake in Japan. I think a week since the earthquake it is easy to point fingers, but the energy must not be wasted in that, rather on the rebuilding phase we are now going through in Brisbane at the moment, after floods.

[The Commission of Inquiry would prove engineers to be huge deniers of their own incompetence. Engineers regularly changing bldg codes showed they hadn't a seismic clue. More than 2 years post 04.09.10 quake, there was little rebuilding in Christchurch, due to ongoing demolitions, aftershocks & reluctance by insurers & reinsurers to settle & insure again. Any new quake insurance, property insurance & rebuild insurance was hugely expensive].

Just remember that these people are also human and they would not pass a building if they knew people would be killed!

[So why revise bldg codes pre & post quakes?]

This apparently was a fault that the seismologists didn't know about and I have walked the Port Hills over many years [Me too] with the work I did and did not see anything out of the ordinary. During my lectures Woodend was mentioned as having a fault line that had only been discovered in the mid 90's. Keep safe. Mar 2 at 8.08 pm.

[Christchurch Canterbury quakes, 2010-2011, revealed 5 faults, unknown to seismologists until quakes struck: Greendale Fault, 04.09.10 quake; CBD Fault, 26.12.10 quake; Port Hills Fault, 22.02.11 quake; Banks Peninsula Fault, 13.06.11 quake; Pegasus Bay Fault, 23.12.11 quake swarm].

Mark: Grant. Pity the dead & their families. Jabbering about standards, energy, etc, insults them. I've already heard those denial arguments ad nauseum. Reads like a cover-up.

Fingers MUST be pointed, sooner the better, or some will get away with murder. Obviously bldg inspectors, engineers, etc, will be watching their backs.

No cracks in Port Hills huh? The fact that some bldg inspectors after the Sept 4 quake came from places outside Chch will make it easy for locals to say, "Not me!" I expect claims will keep lawyers busy for years to come. Mar 3 at 5:02 am.

Averil (RSA): Hope you guys OK. Heard news re another earthquake! Take care and stay safe. Mar 2 at 6:44 am.

Mark: Averil. Will do. See my status about sleeping through a 4.6 aftershock. Leah & I slept through many aftershocks after the last quake. Body can take so much then switches off & adrenalin shuts down after a week. Like a war zone. Mar 2 at 6:51 am.

Averil (SA): Actually don't know what to say to you guys anymore. Can't believe what's going on! Feel for you all. Mar 2 at 6:54 am.

Mark: Just bearing up & watching out Averil. When crossing a road yesterday, I pulled Leah away from a mad motorist, nearly ran her down. Crazies about now, made bonkers by the quakes. You can see it in their eyes. Mar 2 at 6:59 am.

Averil (RSA): Can't believe it Mark. You guys living under the most extreme circumstances. Wish you all strength + protection from above. Mar 2 at 2:54 pm.

Mark: Appreciated Averil. Extreme indeed, hot nor'wester today blowing lots of dust. Many people wearing masks, bandannas & handkerchiefs on their faces. Dry crap in the dust. Mar 2 at 3:41 pm.

Mark: Quake immunised. Leah just told me I slept through a 4.6 aftershock last night, Tues at 22:42. Shook our house to hell. Another aftershock Wed morn 3.5 at 7:22 am. Predicted many more, even a 6 mag or two, so experts say, over the next few months. Mar 2 at 6:45 am.

Rowan (RSA): Hey are you okay? Hope still standing? Mar 2 at 7:50 am.

Mark: All OK thanks Rowan. House shaken to hell, but still standing. Better off than many people. Mar 2 at 3:37 pm.

Mark: 159 dead. Saw people dressed in black leaving a funeral home today, London St. Mar 2 at 3:44 pm.

Mark: Tues 01.03.11. TV news. 160 dead, toll still rising as bodies are identified. Expected 240+ dead. [False, 185]. Cops slowly releasing names, even annoying PM Key. (The Press). Cops don't give a damn about public interest. Mar 3 at 4:39 am.

Andrew (RSA): Hope that you are keeping well. Heard that there was another quake in Wellington. Keep well and safe my friend. Mar 2 at 5:40 pm.

Mark: Still well Andrew. Wellington quake too, unrelated to Chch's, but talk on last night's TV about speeding up quake reinforcement of Wellington bldgs, given the collapse of so many old Chch brick / stone bldgs & 60s - 70s design bldgs, before mod bldg standards. Wayward bldg professions out there must be wondering when the axe will fall on their fat necks? Mar 3 at 4:45 am.

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  1. Received an email from a UK reader enquiring about Manchester St quake damage. I said it wasn't possible yet to enter the CBD, due to the national state of emergency cordon, but I'd post pics of the area concerning him when possible.

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