Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Danger Falling Rocks, Christchurch Quake

Wed 23.03.11. A month post 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3 quake & the fifth week into the National State of Emergency. I wanted to see how Sumner & neighbouring sea cliff suburbs had fared in the quake.

After dropping Luke off at Sullivan Ave tech I drove along Ferry Road & Main Rd, past Redcliffs & Clifton to Sumner, where we'd lived in 1995.

Besides quake damage to bldgs & roads, the most obvious damage was rock falls, 1 000s of tonnes of rocks fallen from sea cliffs after quake shaking at Redcliffs, Clifton & Sumner.

Shaking & quake fallen rocks crushed bldgs & damaged properties above & below cliffs, leaving rock fans at cliff bases, reminding me of bigger alluvial rock fans I'd seen in the Aravah Valley, Negev Desert, Israel, 30 years ago.

As so much rock had fallen in the Feb 22 quake, sea cliffs were clean with "new" rock faces seen for the first time in millions of years. I saw new bands of red rock at Redcliffs above Redcliffs School, where ancient volcanic larva had baked sand brick red.

Danger from falling rocks was soon fixed in my mind, as I saw many house, room & car size rocks below cliffs. Some rocks had bounced beyond cliff faces. Aftershocks added to hazards for residents in cliff side & cliff top suburbs.

Notes I made at coolpix stops on my way to & from Sumner:

Richardson Tce by Heathcote River: Cracked & slumped road by Opawa Rd junction. Opawa Rd Bridge was cracked at road joins by abutments. Most Christchurch road bridges survived the quakes, but there were many cracks & slumps where roads joined the bridges at abutments. Portaloos stood on Richardson Tce & Clarendon Tce both sides of Heathcote River.

Images, quake damaged Richardson Tce & Ferry Rd:


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracked Richardson Tce near Opawa Rd, national state of emergency. Cracking was due to lateral spreading


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracks, at road / abutment join, Opawa Rd Bridge, national state of emergency

Clarendon Tce by Heathcote River: Liquefaction silt was not completely cleared away. Silt piles still lay around.

Ferry Rd: I coolpixed quake trashed bldgs, trashed in the Sept 4 quake. Gotta ask why authorities allowed the dangerous, fence cordoned bldgs to stand so long? They were demolished soon post Feb 22 quake.


23.03.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed old, brick bldg, Ferry Rd, Woolston, national state of emergency. Bldg was demolished




Ferry Rd: Mobil garage was fence cordoned. Woolston old, brick bldgs, backing Heathcote River, were damaged in the Sept 4 quake, trashed in the Feb 22 quake. A digital road sign by Ferry Rd read:

FERRYMEAD
BRIDGE
CLOSED

TO VEHICLES
OVER
2.5 TONNES

PLEASE
FOLLOW
DETOUR


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, digital road sign warning, Ferrymead Bridge damage, Ferry Rd, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged shop, Ferry Rd, national state of emergency

Ferry Rd before & after Heathcote Valley / Lyttelton traffic circle, was quake damaged by Heathcote River - lumps, bumps, holes, but repairs were being done. Road contractors all over Christchurch worked like demons, doing shingle & tar seal, patch repairs.

Main Rd: I drove over Heathcote River Estuary at Ferrymead Bridge & parked at Mt Pleasant Yacht Club car park, by Avon / Heathcote Estuary, where temporary shingle piles & tar seal rubble piles stood, dumped by trucks. I walked back to Ferrymead Bridge to see quake damage.

Images, quake damaged Main Rd:


23.03.11. Temp dump for road shingle & tar seal scrapings, Avon / Heathcote Estuary car park, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracked wall, Ferrymead car park, Mt Pleasant Yacht Club, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake tilted garage & cracked pavement, Main Rd, Ferrymead, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 liquefactioned car park, Mt Pleasant Yacht Club, Main Rd, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake snapped curb, Main Rd, Ferrymead, national state of emergency

Petanque Club grounds was silt muddy & flooded after rains.


23.03.11. Feb 22 liquefactioned Petanque Club, Main Rd, national state of emergency

Mt Pleasant Yacht Club grounds were quake liquefactioned & muddy after rains.


23.03.11. Feb 22 liquefactioned Mt Pleasant Yacht Club, Main Rd, national state of emergency


Cobb Cottage was badly quake damaged with a collapsed end wall.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Cob Cottage, Main Rd, national state of emergency


Near 3 cranes at Ferrymead Bridge, workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests scurried around, directing congested traffic over the bridge, orange road cones everywhere. There were metal & wood pre quake bridge extensions, with quake tilted metal columns in Heathcote Estuary water. The road was cracked & broken both sides of Ferrymead Bridge.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Main Rd, Ferrymead Bridge, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged road island, Main Rd by Ferrymead Bridge, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged pavement, Ferrymead Bridge, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Crane constructing extensions to Ferrymead Bridge, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, national state of emergency

Workmen had spray-painted messages on pavements:

T/COM
8 DUCTS
FIBRE




             PLEASE
        STAY IN THE
MIDDLE & CROSS
AS FAST AS POSSIBLE
 
 
23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, fence cordoned Mobil garage. Modern flats survived quakes, cnr Ferry Rd / Tidal View, national state of emergency. After later quake damages the flats were demolished



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Ferrymead Bridge view of bridge extension & Ferrymead Tce, Heathcote Estuary, Ferry Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Ferrymead Bridge view of portaloo truck going to Redcliffs & Sumner, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Ferrymead Bridge extensions, Heathcote Estuary, national state of emergency





USAR/ TF had pink spray-painted on a Main Rd garden wall: CLEAR NO GO. CLEAR or C meant no bodies.

That CLEAR NO GO ambiguity was how we lived in Christchurch post Feb 22 quake. It brought to mind how Hamilton, Civil Defence boss, during the national state of emergency, retired military helicopter pilot, was giving CBD business owners a hard time - making them protest & plead for entry into the No Go, CBD red zone, to gather business records & chattels.

Power mongering by Hamilton was for citizens' safety of course. All that garrotte cordoning of Christchurch CBD, with intimidating NZDF soldiers & cops & demolishing bldgs, during the national state of emergency. Power mongering would get worse after Hamilton, with the new govt dept CERA:

Oct 2012, Twenty months post Feb 22 quake, public was still forbidden access to Christchurch No Go, CBD red zone, long after Hamilton left. CERA took over & unelected, National party, yes-men occupied Christchurch CBD, their personal fiefdom, disdaining banned citizens. CERA boss Sutton & sidekick, CCDU boss Isaacs sprang to mind. Due to CERA's encroachment, mayor Parker & councillors were puppets on sinecures.


23.03.01. Portaloos, cnr Ferrymead Tce & Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracked curb & pavement, St Andrews Hill turnoff, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Three cranes, Ferrymead Bridge, Ferrymead Tce / Main Rd crossing, national state of emergency


23.03.10. CLEAR NO GO wall sign, Ferrymead, Main Rd, national state of emergency. CLEAR meant no bodies


23.03.11. Liquefactioned driveway, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged pavement, Main Rd, national state of emergency


Pity citizens' safety wasn't adequately covered pre Feb 22 quake, with all those unstable brick & stone bldgs just waiting to topple after a plethora of Council's green, yellow & red inspection stickers post Sept 4 quake.

I wondered how many green & yellow stickered, brick & stone bldgs collapsed in the Feb 22 quake? And were quickly demolished during the national state of emergency.

It was nice to have one's inspection mistakes sealed behind a national state of emergency cordon, protected by NZDF soldiers & cops, then a CERA cordon, protected by NZDF soldiers & cops for 28 months, with public banned access to the No Go, CBD red zone, on pain of arrest. Then those mistakes were buried & forgotten in Burwood demolition rubble dump, never to be found again.


23.03.11. Truck temp dumping Feb 22 quake damaged asphalt in car park, Avon Heathcote estuary, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracks & gulls, Mt Pleasant Yacht Club car park, Main Rd, national state of emergency. The cracks were caused by lateral spreading. The apartment block was demolished

There were liquefaction silted driveways on Main Rd. Lateral spreading caused slumping & cracking of Mt Pleasant Yacht Club car park at the estuary edge. Gulls didn't mind.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake cracked McCormacks Bay causeway, one-way due to road repairs, Main Rd, national state of emergency

Main Rd on McCormacks Bay causeway - one way traffic to Redcliffs over the causeway. Town traffic was detoured along bumpy McCormacks Bay Rd. Uneven surface on the causeway was due to quake damage & lateral spreading, lots of repair work was needed. Parallel cracks on the road shoulder all along the causeway were due to lateral spreading

Fifteen months post Feb 22 quake, the causeway was still one of the worst roads in Christchurch: lumpy, bumpy, a patched switchback. 30 months post Feb 22 quake, the causeway was closed, undergoing repairs, traffic was detoured along bumpy McCormacks Bay Rd.


23.03.11. Portaloo, cnr Main Rd / McCormacks Bay Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, cnr Main Rd / McCormacks Bay Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged road island, end of McCormacks Bay causeway, Main Rd, national state of emergency

Beachville Rd corner by Avon / Heathcote estuary: Broken garden wall, rock fall on pavement, rocks were toppled from a cliff top house between Main Rd & Beachville Rd.

Images, quake damaged Beachville Rd:


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency


I coolpixed Redcliffs cliff top housing, which was damaged in the Feb 22 quake & more damaged in the June 13 quake


23.03.11. Redcliffs Park view of Feb 22 quake Redcliff rock falls, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Shags, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Beachville Rd car park, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Gulls & pied oyster catchers, Feb 22 quake cracked Beachville Rd car park, national state of emergency. Quake cracks were caused by lateral spreading


23.03.11. Shags on jetty, Beachville Rd boat ramp, national state of emergency

There were huge quake cracks in Beachville Rd car park, caused by lateral spreading. Gulls & pied oyster catchers roosted by estuary rocks & quake cracks. There were grand views of "new" Redcliffs from Redcliffs Reserve. A row of shags stood on the wooden jetty by a boat ramp. Idyllic high tide views across Avon / Heathcote Estuary belied quake destruction & repairs all around.


23.03.11. Portaloo, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake trashed garage, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Portaloos & linesman fixing power, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency

Drain Rat workmen sucked sewage into a tanker in the middle of Beachville Rd. The road corner by the concrete sea wall was cracked & lumpy. The corner house tilted towards estuary water. Grass verges & the footpath were cracked by the sea wall, due to lateral spreading.

An old, white Mercedes was trapped in a car park road crack. Quake cracks continued parallel to the 500 m long sea wall, which was tilted its entire length toward Avon / Heathcote Estuary. The concrete sea wall was about half a metre wide & about 4m high. Quake power took a few seconds to seawards-shift the entire, half km long concrete wall.

Portaloos stood on the pavement & verge along Beachville Rd, lumpy, bumpy & pot holed, round the corner towards Main Rd again.


23.03.11. Post Feb 22 quake workmen fixing Beachville Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Portaloo & Feb 22 quake cracked garden wall, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake shifted, tilted sea wall & slumped, cracked Avon / Heathcote Estuary shore, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency. Slumping & cracks were due to lateral spreading



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake Warning Contaminated Water sign & Mercedes trapped in quake crack, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake tilted sea wall, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency. Tilting & cracks were due to lateral spreading




23.03.11. Feb 22 quake broken sea wall, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, later sandbagged, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Portaloos & liquefaction silt, Beachville Rd, national state of emergency

20.12.12 Twenty one months later, I returned to Beachville Rd & took more pics. No repairs were done to the concrete sea wall, quake cracks were still in the sea wall & the quake gap in the sea wall was still there. Lateral spreading & deep cracks by the northern road side were still there.

In the interim, the northern end of the 500 m long sea wall had sunk deeper into estuary mud, so a shingle stop bank was built as flood protection. So much for SCIRT repairs.


20.12.12. Quake tilted sea wall, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, 22 months post 22.02.11 quake, Beachville Rd. Lateral spread, quake cracks were partly infilled


20.12.12. Quake cracked, concrete sea wall, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Beachville Rd




20.02.12. Quake tilting & slumping of concrete sea wall, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Beachville Rd. Slumping was due to lateral spreading







20.12.12. Stop bank by quake sunken sea wall, to stop flooding, Avon / Heathcote Estuary, Beachville Rd




Only in Aug 2015 did SCIRT begin replacing Beachville Rd sea wall with a rock revetment. Replacing the sea wall work continued till Dec 2016.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, Redcliffs Info caravan, cnr Beachville Rd / Main Rd, national state of emergency

I parked my car on Main Rd opposite liquefaction silted, closed New World supermarket. I looked at the community INFO caravan & all the community adverts helping Redcliffs locals. Post 2011 quakes, Redcliffs New World was demolished & rebuilt.

Images, quake damaged Main Rd:


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, Cronos water tank by BP garage, Main Rd, Redcliffs, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock falls by Redcliffs School, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock falls by Redcliffs housing, Main Rd, national state of emergency

23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock falls, Redcliffs housing, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, rock fall damaged house, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, yellow, adobe house & cliff top house near Moa Bone Point Cave, national state of emergency. Both houses were demolished


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, rock fall damaged, yellow, adobe house, Main Rd, national state of emergency. The adobe house was demolished


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Main Rd, Redcliffs, national state of emergency

I walked along Main Rd to Moa Bone Point Cave, past open BP garage with a Cronos water tank alongside, past Redcliffs School open for the first time since the quake. (Redcliffs School was later closed, sharing premises with Van Asch Deaf Education Centre, Sumner). I wandered past quake trashed housing - loosened roof tiles, cracked walls, collapsed walls, cliff rocks in gardens, rock crushed walls.

I coolpixed Redcliffs rock falls & looked at quake damaged Moa Bone Point Cave & cliff top houses. I coolpixed the quake trashed, yellow, adobe house below a cliff. The yellow, adobe house & a cliff top house above it were later demolished. Gotta ask what morons built & bought houses on cliff tops & at the bottom of cliffs?

Post Feb 22 quake, concrete road barriers stopped cliff fall rocks rolling onto Main Rd. Post June 13 quake, a double storey row of shipping containers in front of Moa Bone Point cave protected traffic from rock fall & house fall.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall near Moa Bone Point Cave, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, cliff top house, above Moa Bone Point Cave, Main Rd, national state of emergency. The house was demolished in 2013




23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall & fence cordon, Moa Bone Point Cave, Main Rd, national state of emergency. Post 13.06.11 quake, the cave was cordoned by shipping containers


I coolpixed more damaged houses & a damaged old, bus stop bldg by a slumped, tar seal car park. Along that stretch of Main Rd I saw many rock falls behind houses below cliffs, many rock sizes with rock fans below Redcliffs. I wondered how the price of upmarket Redcliffs houses would be affected by the Feb 22 quake, with all that rock fall?


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house near Moa Bone Point Cave, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake snapped power pole, Main Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, bus stop bldg, near Moa Bone Point Cave, Main Rd, national state of emergency





23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, cnr Main Rd / Beachville Rd, national state of emergency

Main Rd was badly broken at Cave Tce near quake damaged Moncks Cave. Demolition rubble was dumped at Moncks Cave mouth near a cave rock fall. A portaloo stood on Cave Tce pavement. Fifteen months later, Moncks Cave was still a rubble dump.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Main Rd by liquefactioned New World, Redcliffs, national state of emergency


23.03.11 Portaloo, cnr Main Rd / Moncks Spur Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake demolition rubble, Moncks Cave, Main Rd, national state of emergency

Avon / Heathcote Estuary mouth: Shag Rock was shattered by the Feb 22 quake, about half its pre quake size. Shag Rock collapsed more during the June 13 quake, leaving a stump & a pile of rocks.

Images, quake damaged Marriner St:


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake shattered Shag Rock, Marriner St, national state of emergency


Clifton sea cliff, corner Main Rd / Marriner St, by Shag Rock & Avon / Heathcote Estuary mouth: A double layer of 22 shipping containers lined the cliff base, protecting traffic from aftershock rock falls. Later the double layer of shipping containers was extended along Peacocks Gallop, Marriner St, below Clifton, all the way to Gollans Point, Sumner. The protective cordon of shipping containers would stay below Clifton for years. 


23.03.11. Shipping containers cordoning Feb 22 quake rock falls, cnr Main Rd / Marriner St, national state of emergency


Clifton sea cliff: There were several rock falls below the cliff, forming rock fans, which crushed vegetation. I watched a workman on the cliff top water-blast garden rubbish, which tumbled down the 60 m cliff. There were lots of broken shrubs, flattened by rock falls at the cliff base. Three cops & a Fulton Hogan sign truck kept a wary eye on the water-blaster.

Coolpixing rock falls along Peacocks Gallop was scary. All the way I anticipated another aftershock & would bolt to roadside Sumner Beach at the slightest shudder. Bugger my car. Survival of the fittest took on new meaning at Peacocks Gallop. And locals had to go past that ROCK FALL HAZARD daily.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, Clifton sea cliff, Peacocks Gallop, Marriner St, national state of emergency. New rock fan & abandoned cliff top housing 




23.03.13. Feb 22 quake, rock fall crushed vegetation, Peacocks Gallop, Marriner St, national state of emergency

23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, Clifton sea cliff, Marriner St, national state of emergency


Marriner St by Gollans Point: Another rock fall from Clifton sea cliff with fallen rocks by a small cave. Roadside shrubs were cleared by workmen.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rockfalls, Gollans Point, Marriner St, national state of emergency. Later the road would be protected by a double layered, shipping container cordon


Sumner traffic detoured along Esplanade by Cave Rock. I parked by the Esplanade sea wall & coolpixed an old, double storey, brick house with side walls peeled off & damaged roof slates. The house was later demolished. I walked Sumner shopping area to coolpix quake damages.

Images, quake damaged Esplanade:


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Esplanade, national state of emergency. The house was demolished



Wakefield Ave: I coolpixed demolished Ruptured Duck restaurant, damaged by Sept 4 quake, trashed by Feb 22 quake. A sign on the cordon fence read:

DE-STRESS
WITH FREE
OUTDOOR WORKOUTS
FITNESS...

Images, quake damaged Wakefield Ave:


23.03.11. Demolished Ruptured Duck restaurant, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency

Corner Wakefield Ave / Nayland St: Sumner Community Centre (old brick bldg, 1907, Sumner Borough Council). There was damage to brick walls & front facade, cordoned by shipping containers, fencing & orange road cones. Sumner Community Centre was demolished post June 13 quake & replaced by a small park & skateboard ramp.

By the Fish 'n Chips shop a grizzled man read a newspaper at an outside table by a collapsed brick wall. We'd adapted, & learnt to live with quake tremors. Across Wakefield Ave, Sumner cliff loured, waiting to collapse - again.


23.03.11. Man reading at cafe table by Feb 22 quake trashed wall, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency

Notice on the Fish 'n Chips shop window read:

            HOT SHOWERS
                      AT
SUMNER COMMUNITY POOL
       CHANGING ROOMS
                9 am - 7 pm 
      2 MINS MAX PLEASE

NOTE: POOL CLOSED FOR
            SWIMMING


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake notice, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency

Also on the Fish 'n Chip shop window, a A CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE notice listed COMMUNITY BRIEFINGS as follows:

CHRISTCHURCH
EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE

COMMUNITY BRIEFINGS [Shortened, times & streets not included].
You are invited to attend one of the following community earthquake information briefings:

Monday 21 March        Bromley Park, Linwood
                                     Woolston Park

Tuesday 22 March       Richmond Park
                                     St Albans Park

Wednesday 23 March  South Hagley Park, Cricket Ground
                                     Somerfield Park
                                     Oaklands School, Halswell
 
Thursday 24 March     Waltham Park
                                     Lyttelton, grassy area above Main School

Friday 25 March          Redcliffs, Barnett Park
                                     Sumner School grounds

Saturday 26 March      Brooklands Domain
                                     Parklands Reserve
                                     Rawhiti Domain, next to cricket oval
                                     South Brighton Park, aka Jellico Park

* Hear the latest news followed by the chance to ask questions one-on-one.
* The briefing closest to you will be the most useful for you, however there will be relevant   information at all of the briefings.
* These are open-air briefings so dress for the weather and bring a seat.
* There may not be toilet facilities at the briefings.
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23.03.11. CHRISTCHURCH EARTHQUAKE RESPONSE notice, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency

The Feb 22 quake trashed Sumner's water supply, so washing & cleaning were difficult. Unpolluted drinking water had to be collected from roadside, Cronos water tanks. Sewage pipes were also trashed, making toileting difficult, hence the plethora of portaloos in Sumner.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake trashed Sumner Borough Council 1907, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency. Sumner Borough Council was demolished post June 13 quake, replaced by a small park with skateboard ramp.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, red stickered bldg, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency

Corner Nayland St / Wakefield Ave, near Sumner cliff rock fall, Marine Service Station, a hand written sign read:

WE ARE OPEN AND
OPERATING FROM TEMP
PREMISES. PLEASE PH...

After 2010-2011 quake damages, many business owners had to relocate & carry on business, or go bust. When we'd lived at Sumner in 1995, our car was serviced at Marine Service Station.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, RSA bldgs, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency

RSA, Wakefield Ave, was broken by a house size rock, fallen from Sumner cliff.

A new flats development was also damaged by rock fall alongside RSA. (Silver Star Developments Ltd). Post Sept 4 quake, what Council morons consented that development below Sumner cliff? Council consents processing had no regard for human life - just business as usual. Make bucks. Bugger people.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall damage, RSA bldgs, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency


On Wakefield Ave pavement, a pub sign read:

   RE-OPEN
THURSDAY
      5 PM
HAPPY HOUR
  ALL NIGHT

Sumner locals sure needed HAPPY HOUR ALL NIGHT

23.03.11. Pub open for business sign, opp Feb 22 quake, rock fall damaged RSA bldgs, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency. Cliff fall rock left on pavement as a reminder to BE CAREFUL


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake rock fall, RSA bldgs, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency


 23.04.11. Sumner cliff, quake rock fall trashing of post Sept 4 quake, Silver Star Developments Ltd flats, next to rock fall trashed RSA, Wakefield Ave
 





Post Feb 22 quake rock fall trashing of Sumner RSA & next door flats development, the RSA memorial gatepost plaque read: 

        WE
   HONOUR
       OUR 
   FALLEN
COMRADES

I bet fallen comrades would be spinning in their graves at greedy Council consenters & greedy developers cashing in on wartime deeds.
 
 




















Wakefield Ave Croquet Club: Fallen rocks lay below Sumner cliff on the croquet lawn. When I returned about an hour later, digger tracks gouged the lawn & the rocks were gone.



I returned to my car & had fish & chip lunch, while gulls screamed for chips.

I drove around Sumner, detouring road cones several times. Most roads I drove had portaloos, but most houses looked OK. Our old Denman St double storey rental was undamaged, but there was a cliff rock fall at the end of Denman St by Wakefield Ave.


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, Wakefield Ave rock fall, end of Denman St, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Portaloo, Denman St, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake trashed, brick gatepost, Denman St, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Denman St house, undamaged by Feb 22 quake, national state of emergency

Sumner School, Colenso St: A Cronos water tank was roadside.


Corner Wakefield Ave / Duncan St: I coolpixed boarded cottages by abandoned, boarded Capt Thomas Courts. Residents were relocated. A large rock lay on the grass verge by a cottage, another bigger rock in a flowerbed by a front door. Roof tiles were damaged. "Danger from falling rocks" was written on red stickered cottage doors.

Eight shipping containers lined Wakefield Ave below Richmond Hill cliffs, protecting cottages from aftershock rock falls. On Wakefield Ave, a Capt Thomas Track sign read:

TRACK CLOSED
DUE TO
ROCKFALL HAZARD

June 13 quake: There were more Sumner rock falls below Richmond Hill. Wakefield Ave was cordoned with a double layer of shipping containers, marooning All Saints Anglican Church & abandoned houses below Sumner cliff. CERA would red zone those cliff bottom houses.  

At Heberden Ave, there were rock falls & shipping container cordons below Scarborough Bluffs too.



23.03.11. Red stickered, boarded, abandoned Capt Thomas Courts, Wakefield Ave, national state of emergency. Numbered rock, fallen from Richmond Hill

Campbell St: I coolpixed a fallen brick gatepost on the pavement near a portaloo.


23.03.11. Rubbish bins, portaloo & Feb 22 quake fallen, brick, gate post, Campbell St, national state of emergency


Van Asch St: At the Van Asch Deaf Education Centre gate, I coolpixed a new brick gate post, undamaged by the quake. A portaloo stood at the gate.


23.03.11. Portaloo by Van Asch Deaf Education Centre gate, Van Asch St, national state of emergency

Nayland St: I coolpixed broken, stone walls & old, quake damaged bldgs. The road was broken at Nayand St / Main Rd crossing.

Images, quake damaged Nayland St:


23.03.11. Fish 'n Chips shop view of Sumner cliff rock fall, cnr Wakefield Ave / Nayland St, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake trashed stone wall, Nayland St, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, Sumner cliff rock fall, Nayland St, national state of emergency. Abandoned cliff top housing


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Nayland St, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, new Sumner cliff face, due to rock fall, cnr Nayland St / The Zig Zag, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged brick wall, Nayland St, national state of emergency

Clifton Bay: Four old, stone, garden walls were collapsed at 4 wooden, double storey houses. There were telescopes in 2 top storey windows. I doubted they scrutinized Pacific shipping, as Sumner beach & bikinis were across the road.

Oct 2012. More than a year later, the walls were still collapsed, unfixed, awaiting insurance pay outs.

Images, quake damaged Clifton Bay:


23.03.11. Feb 22 trashed, stone, garden walls, Clifton Bay, Sumner, national state of emergency










I returned to Burnside along McCormacks Bay Rd, one-way detour - quake broken, lumpy & bumpy. I drove past the liquefactioned rugby field, grass verges & McCormacks Bay Reserve, where a silted creek entered McCormacks Bay. There were small rock falls roadside, some road repairs were done.

En route home, I coolpixed quake damaged bldgs at Linwood Ave & Stanmore Rd.

Corner Linwood Ave & Aldwins Rd: I coolpixed Feb 22 quake destroyed shops. Corner shop, Herbal Heaven had collapsed, a wall leaning into Aldwins Rd. At the other end of the row of old, brick shops, Cartridge World bricks were strewn into the car park behind a cordon fence.

The shops were soon demolished. I knew those shops well, as I'd driven Luke to Sullivan Ave tech past those shops during pre quake 2010. Post Feb 22 quake, I drove the long way round from Burnside to Sullivan Ave tech, zooming along the freeway & Brougham St.

Images, quake damaged Linwood Ave:


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake trashed shops (soon demolished) cnr Aldwins Rd / Linwood Ave, national state of emergency










Corner Linwood Ave / Cashel St: I coolpixed a fence cordoned Shell garage, closed post Feb 22 quake, silt stuffed into quake holes on the concrete apron.


23.03.11. Feb 22 liquefactioned, closed, Shell garage, Linwood Ave, national state of emergency

Corner Linwood Ave / Worcester St: I coolpixed old, brick, quake trash shops. After rains, old, quake trashed bldgs had a distinct smell - mouldy & woody. A hand written sign on a door of one of the fence cordoned shops read:

ALL OUT & OK
CLOSED TO
RELOCATE



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake trashed, old, brick bldg, cnr Linwood Ave / Worcester St, national state of emergency


Corner Linwood Ave / Gloucester St: I coolpixed St George's & Iona Presbyterian demolition site. Another old church bit the dust. Like so many old, brick & stone bldgs, quake trashed churches had poor quake strengthening.


23.03.11. Demolished St George's & Iona Presbyterian Church, cnr Linwood Ave / Gloucester St, national state of emergency

Linwood Ave / Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd crossing, by an Avon River bend: Burst water pipes in the Sept 4 quake left the crossing badly damaged.

Post Feb 22 quake the crossing was worse. I coolpixed 3 tankers sucking muck from road holes & several Hi Vis vested workmen watching 2 other workmen in a hole. A digger added to the mess. Typical workmen, most standing around, few working. Like other workmen around town, they were wary of me taking pics, yelling snarky remarks. Given their productivity, Christchurch recovery would take a long time. The crossing was finally fixed by Oct 2012.

A WARNING WATER CONTAMINATED sign hung on a riverbank tree. A blue & white sign forbade non residents along Avonside Dr, cordoned by orange road cones.

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


23.03.11. Road workers repairing Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd / Linwood Ave crossing, trashed in Sept 4 & Feb 22 quakes, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Cone cordoned & non residents forbidden sign, Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake trashed Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd crossing, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Post Feb 22 quake tanker sucking muck from Avonside Dr / Linwood Ave crossing, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake snapped curb, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Warning Water Contaminated sign, Avon River, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed garden walls & curb, cnr Avonside Dr / Woodham Rd, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, road pipe repairs & muck sucking, cnr Linwood Ave / Avonside Dr, national state of emergency



23.03.11. Typical road worker productivity, 5 loafing, 1 working, cnr Avonside Dr / Linwood Ave

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd & Worcester St:

 23.03.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed old, brick bldgs (demolished) cnr Stanmore Rd / Worcester St, national state of emergency


23.03.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed old, brick bldgs (demolished) Worcester St, national state of emergency. Two people were killed at Wicks Fish left


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake, flowers on fence cordon honouring 2 quake dead, Wicks Fish, Worcester St, national state of emergency. Brick wall of $2 shop next door collapsed into Wicks Fish


23.03.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, Talon Arms, Worcester St, was not demolished, national state of emergency. USAR / TF graffiti CLEAR meant no bodies

London St: The silt volcano on the pavement outside the school by Leah's classroom was cleared away. Leah told me prisoners dug silt away from the school & nearby park. She thanked them.

Thurs 24.03.11. One News TV featured engineers & a breathless reporter clambering the Port Hills above Avoca Valley, rolling quake unstable rocks down the hill towards Avoca Valley & blowing up rocks too big to roll. Reason: danger to people & bldgs in orchard strewn Avoca Valley.

In future, Danger Falling Rocks would be a contentious, residential zoning issue between Council, CERA & home owners, with Council red stickering perfectly good Port Hills housing & CERA red zoning Port Hills housing, while residents objected to CERA's slow zoning & how / why their homes were red zoned. There would be issues of rolling rocks, bouncing rocks, falling rocks, slips, foreign university computer modelling, berms, catcher fences, compacted rock structures & trees to protect housing from falling rocks.

MOE closure of Redcliffs School was a long running issue for locals, who felt the school was safe from falling rocks & MOE bureaucrats & minister Hekia Parata who felt the school was in danger of falling rocks more than 4 years post Feb 22 quake.

Coda: Sun 14.02.16. Valentines Day, 5.7 mag quake. Rock falls at Godley Head & Sumner's Richmond Hill & Peacocks Gallop.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Redcliffs School Closure Decision (The Press / Stuff Co).

See SCIRT replacement of Beachville Rd sea wall. 

See SCIRT pics of replacement of Beachville Rd sea wall.

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