National State of Emergency, Wed 09.03.11. Two weeks post Feb 22, magnitude 6.3 Christchurch quake, I wandered up Stanmore Rd & came upon Argonaut bldg demolition. I often passed that way, as Leah taught at nearby London St. After driving Luke to tech, I daily drove past Stanmore Rd Argonaut near quake ravaged Worcester St corner.
Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd:
Witnesses gathered opposite the old, brick Argonaut, which had survived the Sept 4 quake, but collapsed in the Feb 22 quake. Three Singapore USAR / TF men, in black uniforms, white hard hats & dust masks, stood by the demolition cordon fence, in case the demolisher came unstuck. Up the road, two cops & a cop car directed traffic & gawkers.
People went about their business, shopping, driving cars, motorbikes, cycling, just another demolition. We were used to demolitions post Sept 4 quake.
What pics didn't give was hellish noise: cars rattling by, digger tracks clanking & rattling over rubble, shrieking metal as the digger pulled bldg bits apart, clunking & crashing as walls fell in dust clouds. The noise was so bad, at one point a Singapore USAR / TF man crossed the road & stood by me, trying to call someone on his cell phone - useless by the noisy cordon fence.
I didn't stay long, as I'd already walked hours that hot afternoon in CBD zone 3 & zone 2 cordons.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.