Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Day 2 Post June 13 Quake: Horseshoe Lake Red Zone

Wed 15.06.11. Two days post June 13, mag 6.3 quake, I drove Leah to Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St, to help Leah tidy her classroom & clean up. Yesterday I'd already seen the school in a pristine liquefactioned state.

Images, quake damaged Cumberland St, Avalon St & Stanmore Rd:


15.06.11. June 13 quake, plastic, sewage tank & liquefaction silt, Richmond Working Mens Club, Cumberland St


15.06.11. June 13 quake: liquefaction of Sept 4 quake demolition site, cnr Stanmore Rd / Avalon St


15.06.11. Post June 13 quake: Sept 4 quake damaged brick shop, Stanmore Rd

On our arrival, a team of staff & parents were shovelling liquefaction silt from the school car park & playground, into silt heaps on London St by the front gate & Pavitt St by the back gate.

Post Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, in four months, it was the second time the school dug itself out of liquefaction mud. As classrooms were already tidied, I left them to it & drove up silt dusty Stanmore Rd.


15.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake collapsed, June 13 quake trashed Richmond Methodist Church Hall, Stanmore Rd. The church hall was demolished


Like Richmond Methodist Church, many CBD churches & elsewhere took a long time to realize demolition was needed pronto! e.g. Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq; St Lukes Anglican Church, Manchester St; St Johns Anglican Church, Latimer Sq; St Pauls, Madras St; Holy Trinity Avonside, Lychgate Cl; Methodist Church, Durham St Nth; St Marys, Church Ln; Chinese Methodist Church, Papanui Rd... They were all brick or stone death traps.

Weeks before the Feb 22 quake, Leah & I'd wandered through Christchurch Cathedral. Post Sept 4 quake, inside the cathedral the back nave wall was scaffolded, while workmen checked the nave back wall. Workmen checked cathedral windows from outside scaffolding too. It was a hazardous waste of time & money. Never mind allowing citizens & tourists into the dangerous, stone cathedral.


15.06.11. June 13 quake: Sept 4 quake demolition site view of Feb 22 & June 13 quake collapsed Richmond Methodist Church Hall, seen from Avalon St. The church hall was demolished

I stopped to coolpix Richmond Methodist Church Hall, partly collapsed by the Feb 22 quake, completely collapsed by the June 13 quake. That was the destruction pattern of deadly, old, brick & stone bldgs in Christchurch quakes - damaged by one quake, trashed by the next.

It took months for authorities to realize that simple fact - old bldgs damaged by a quake needed to be demolished pronto before another quake - instead of hemming & hawing about heritage bldgs, ad nauseum.

A Richmond Working Mens Club sign on a Thai Restaurant wall read:

RICHMOND CLUB
& RESTAURANT
NOW OPEN
7 DAYS

It was wishful thinking, as Richmond Working Mens Club would be demolished over the next 2 years.

That warm, wintry day, I did a circular drive to see some Avon River damage on riverside roads & did a circular walk in the Horseshoe Lake area to see quake damage there.

I drove along liquefactioned North Avon Rd & North Pde, where workmen laid new tar seal by Shirley Boys High School & Marian College. New heaps of liquefaction silt lay on roadsides of all roads I drove, a sunny day, ideal for quake clean up.

Images, quake damaged Broomfield Tce:


15.06.11. June 13 quake, Horseshoe Lake Reserve signs, Broomfield Tce


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boils by Horseshoe Lake Reserve fence, Broomfield Tce


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned footpath, Broomfield Tce


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged house, Broomfield Tce


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction flooded power pole, Broomfield Tce

Student digger gangs were absent. In past quakes, teams of volunteer student diggers & volunteer farmer digger teams, lauded by media, had shovelled liquefaction mud from properties. Now owners of quake trashed homes got on with it, some clearing away silt for the third time, after 4 major quakes in 9 months.

Images, quake damaged Kingsford St:


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged house, red zone, Kingsford St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction silt haulage truck, red zone, Kingsford St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, sewage pump & sewage sucker tanker, red zone, Kingsford St


That night, TV news said that the Farmy Army would be operating by the end of the week & the Student Volunteer Army would arrive at the end of the next week, after completing exams. By that time citizens would've dug most of the mud themselves, as leaving silt too long, it dried like cement.

Although there was much more mud, volunteer mud digging was not as glamorous post Feb 22 & June 13 quakes as post Sept 4 quake. There were fewer photo opportunities & the novelty of student labouring had worn off. Digging away tons of mud, quake after quake, was tedious.

As student mud digging was started by a varsity student, mud digging was formalized by Canterbury University authorities, muscling into student ideas. Varsity authorities even made mud digging part of a university volunteer course. What a load of crap!


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned red zone, cnr Kingsford St / Goodman St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned driveway, red zone, Kingsford St


After driving along liquefactioned New Brighton Rd a bit, I parked my car at Broomfield Tce by Horseshoe Lake Reserve. The reserve board had a CONTAMINATED WATER sign & PARK AREA CLOSED HAZARDOUS CONDITIONS sign.

I did a circular walk along liquefactioned roads in Horseshoe Lake loop: Kingsford St, Alice St, Queensbury St, New Brighton Rd...


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged house (damaged by previous quakes too), red zone, Kingsford St







All the roads I walked or saw in Horseshoe Lake area were badly liquefactioned - mud, flood puddles, sink holes, pavements with slippery mud, mud boils & volcanoes in gardens & on pavements. In two places, I walked past fallen power lines in or close to the mud. A Council sign on a fence read:

WATER

ALL WATER MUST BE BOILED

Post previous quakes, blue, plastic, water pipes lined roads & pavements in all areas of Christchurch, including Horseshoe Lake. Those blue, plastic, water pipes showed the extent of infrastructure damage to Christchurch roads.


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Kingsford St









15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction flooding & sewage sucker pipe, red zone, cnr Kingsford St / Liggins St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, plastic sewage tank & liquefaction flooding, red zone, Kingsford St

Sept 4 quake damaged houses I'd seen before the Feb 22 quake were still damaged, tarped, wood braced, boarded, some more damaged, power poles leaning. I saw only one house demolition site near the end of Kingsford St.


15.06.11. June 13 quake, red zone portaloo & liquefactioned cnr Kingsford St / Tasman Pl


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned pavement & flooding, red zone, Kingsford St. Brown puddle due to sewage leaks


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud digger, red zone, Kingsford St


People did quake clean ups - families, old couples, children off school until their closed schools were deemed safe. I saw spade & barrow work done along all roads I travelled - where home owners shovelled liquefaction mud onto roadside heaps.


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged & liquefactioned house, red zone, Kingsford St



15.06.11. Blue, plastic, water pipe & portaloo, red zone. Kingsford St









On Kingsford St, a red pump pumping sewage I'd seen before the Feb 22 quake was still pumping sewage. A sewage sucker truck was parked by the pump in the middle of the road. All streets I saw had portaloos on pavements.


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Kingsford St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction sink hole, red zone, Kingsford St


The health idea after liquefactions was to remove mud asap, as sewage pipes were broken & one didn't know what sewage bugs, E coli, gastroenteritis, typhoid, cholera, were floating around? Most of the mud was iron grey, but some was brown with crappy scum. Blue, plastic, water pipes snaked through crappy mud.

God knows what I splashed through that morning? Trucks hauled roadside mud away, dumped at Burwood dump. We all had to boil drinking water for a week post June 13 quake, like previous quakes.


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Kingsford St



15.06.11. June 13 quake: Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake demolition site, red zone, Kingsford St


15.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake tilted, liquefactioned housing, with blue, plastic, water pipe in sewage, red zone, Kingsford St


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing & droopy power line, red zone, Kingsford St



15.06.11. June 13 quaked car in liquefaction shit, red zone, Kingsford St


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged house, red zone, Kingsford St




Images, quake damaged Alice St:

15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned garden & pavement, red zone, Alice St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, plastic, sewage tank, liquefactioned red zone, Alice St


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Alice St



Some houses were empty, some gardens overgrown. Home owners waited, while EQC & insurers delayed payments & Council, NZ govt & CERA procrastinated, after 9 months of quakes & slow geotech reports, whether home owners would be paid out, or told to abandon their houses & rebuild elsewhere.

Some homeowners in liquid shit had closed homes & given up mud / sewage digging. What was the point while Brownlee's CERA dithered? Post 22.02.11 quake, CERA had been in the mud seat for 6 weeks since the national state of emergency expired & the 13.06.11 quake hit to test CERA.


15.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quaked house in liquefaction mud & shit, red zone, Alice St


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Alice St



Images, quake damaged Queensbury St:

15.06.11. June 13 quake, red zone, liquefactioned cnr Queensbury St / Zena Pl



On Queensbury St, two red, front end loaders splashed through liquefaction flooding & loaded mud into a truck. Near New Brighton Rd a septic tank, sucker truck splashed past. The driver gave me a friendly wave. Why not? He was making megabucks.


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Queensbury St













15.06.11. June 13 quake, red zone, liquefaction mud diggers, cnr Queensbury St / Goodman St




15.06.11. June 13 quake, front end loaders for liquefaction silt removal, red zone, Queensbury St


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged & liquefactioned housing, red zone, Queensbury St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction flooding, red zone, Queensbury St





15.06.11. June 13 quake, red zone portaloo & sewage pumping, liquefactioned Queensbury St & Reaby St



15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Queensbury St





15.06.11. June 13 quake, septic tank sucker tanker, red zone, Queensbury St

Horseshoe Lake was a microcosm of thousands of liquefactioned areas in Christchurch. That day I saw shocked faces, doomed & damned. Those faces hadn't experience CERA's red zoning of Horseshoe Lake yet.

At the bottom of liquefactioned Queensbury St, a yellow sign, with emergency phone numbers & welfare centre & water website, was attached to a power pole. Those yellow emergency signs were attached to power poles all over Christchurch since the Sept 4 quake. The sign read:

EARTHQUAKE CONTACTS

GOVT HELPLINE
...

INSTEAD OF 111:
AMBULANCE ...
FIRE SERVICE ...

HEALTH AND SAFETY AND HOUSE ISSUES
...
FOR QUERIES ABOUT MISSING PERSONS
... (... RED CROSS)

FOR INFORMATION REGARDING WELFARE CENTRES
AND WATER SEE ...


15.06.11. June 13 quake, red zone, earthquake info sign & portaloo, cnr Queensbury St / New Brighton Rd

I drove back to Burnside via New Brighton Rd, Locksley Ave, Dallington Tce & River Rd. Roads were liquefactioned & slumping riverside, with new quake cracks on all riverside roads I drove. The slumping was due to lateral spreading.

Images, quake damaged New Brighton Rd:


15.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake trashed, cordoned shop, red zone, New Brighton Rd


15.06.11. June 13 quake broken garden wall, New Brighton Rd, nr Kingsford St cnr


15.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, liquefactioned housing, red zone, Kingsford St, nr New Brighton Rd



At 1.30 pm, when I passed a team of uniformed cops digging mud out of a Locklsey Ave driveway near Gayhurst Rd Bridge, I did a double-take by their cop car parked on the slumped & badly cracked road.

What on earth were they doing? Surely those cops, two days post June 13 quake, had more important things to do than dig mud, at taxpayers' expense? (Locksley Ave was soon red zoned by CERA, everyone had to leave).

River Rd was also quake damaged & slumped. Beyond the Sept 4, quake trashed, Avon River footbridge, River Rd was closed, with orange, plastic cones, so I detoured back to Stanmore Rd via Medway St.

That night CERA minister Brownlee, wearing his red CERA jacket, appeared on TV Close up. He tried to reassure irate Cantabrians that it was again OK to endure unbearable earthquakes & aftershocks, that it was again OK to dig themselves, houses & possessions out of liquefaction mud, while he & his flunkeys took their time sniffing through tardy geotech reports & deciding which houses would be liveable or not & which houses would be forever condemned & which citizens would be told to leave their properties forever to start rebuilding elsewhere & how much money they would be offered by NZ govt for their pains.

Brownlee had more than 9 months since the Sept 4 quake to make a plan. Why did NZ govt take so long?

Fri 17.06.11. Mag 4.4 aftershock woke us up 6.37 am. Depth 5 km, 10 km SE of Christchurch (Geonet). There were many SE Christchurch aftershocks since Mon June 13 quakes. More 4.4 mag & 4.5 mag aftershocks rattled us that afternoon, the latter rumbling & shaking my computer while I captioned blog pics

Weekend Press, June 18-19, gave the number of quakes & big aftershocks since Sept 4 quake:

"Magnitude ... Numbers

7 + .............. 1
6.0 - 6.5 ...... 6
5.5 - 6.0 ...... 5
5.0 - 5.5 ...... 19
4.5 - 5.0 ...... 56
4.0 - 4-5 ..... 150"

So far, in 9+ months we'd lived through 237 quakes with 4.0 - 7.1 magnitudes, excluding lesser magnitude quakes, totalling: "7350 Quakes and Counting."

18.06.11. Facebook comment to friends: "Christchurch was built on swamps with the Avon & Heathcote tidal rivers meandering to the Pacific. Quakes are reverting CBD & eastern suburbs back to swampland (my opinion). We live in a drier western suburb with minor streams, no swamps, lagoons or estuaries, hence less liquefaction damage, only shaking".

I expected after tardy NZ govt, land reports surfaced, "new" Christchurch would develop our way, westwards, inland away from riverside & coastal suburbs, which would be abandoned.

That insight proved to be true. In 2013 there were several housing developments west of Christchurch CBD in Halswell & Rolleston where the new southern freeway evolved.

On Canterbury Plain, our Christchurch crustal quakes were caused by shallow, crustal shearing faults on land & Pacific, close to & on Port Hills & Banks Peninsula (extinct volcanoes). The Alpine Fault between Pacific & Australian plates was about 100 kms inland. Most of the South Island, on the Pacific plate, was moving southwards, past the Australian plate on the Alpine Fault (West Coast, South Island) moving northwards.

Far from the Alpine Fault, coastal Christchurch was disintegrating, a millennial tearing, caused by the Pacific plate moving SW, with nearby, igneous Banks Peninsula, protruding S into the Pacific.

Tue 21.06.11. Mag 5.4 quake, 10 km SW of Christchurch, 8 kms depth, 10.34 pm (Geonet). Roared past like an express train, cut our power for half an hour. Scurried for torches & candles again. Heaters off, it got very cold, a wet, wintry night.

Thur 23.06.11. After geotech reports, PM Key & Brownlee announced the division of Christchurch into red, orange, green & white zones, according to the state of quake land & a plan for govt & insurance quake pay outs. Zoning could be checked on the Landcheck website.

Red zone land would be abandoned, too damaged by quakes & too expensive to repair. Orange & white zone lands were in limbo awaiting land reports (a CBD cop out). Green zone land could repair / rebuild.

About 8 months later, Landcheck website was incorporated into the CERA website. CERA deliberately obscured zone searches to foil crime, as any criminal could check out the Landcheck website for abandoned red zone housing.

Horseshoe Lake houses / land in Burwood I'd seen were declared red zone, included in 5 000 other red zone properties in swamp, riverside, estuary & lagoon areas in Christchurch. Avonside Dr, Locksley Ave, Glenarm Tce, Seabreeze Cl, Waitaki St, Bexley Rd, bits of New Brighton Rd which I'd walked post quakes were red zoned too & would be abandoned.

Funny how Christchurch CBD streets / bldgs checked out on Landcheck colour zones as white, green or orange zones. Not a cordoned red zone street or red zone address in Christchurch CBD in Landcheck, yet the CBD was NZDF cordoned for months, citizens banned, except for the favoured few. CERA demolitions went flat out in the CBD. (NZDF would checkpoint cordon the CBD for 28 months post 22.02.11 quake).

If land reports on which Landcheck was based were valid, giving so many CBD street addresses as orange, green or white zones, then they showed how many crap bldgs were still in the CBD, as so many bldgs in Christchurch CBD were destroyed by the Sept 4, Dec 26, Feb 22 & June 13 quakes.

Startling was that 2 "new" CBD faults were under Christchurch CBD & caused CBD damage during the Boxing Day quake, especially to Cashel Mall. But Council would merrily write a draft plan to rebuild a new CBD on quake trashed, swampy CBD land. Never mind CERA's later Blueprint for the CBD, based on Council's draft plan.

Mass hysteria ensued, whereby Council asked citizens for their rebuild ideas & used a Danish architect to preach to citizens how to rebuild Denmark style. If rebuild went wrong, with all that "democratic" input, Council could wriggle out, opining, "Not us. The people spoke."

Gotta ask: Why were there so many rotten, quake-unsafe, business bldgs in Christchurch CBD before the 2010-2011 quakes?

July 2012: A year later, CERA / NZ govt still hadn't completed zoning of residential properties on the Port Hills, 166 white zone properties still to be rezoned red or green. By that stage many citizens were annoyed by CERA land zonings. Brownlee's public excuses, over many months, about needing time for geotech engineers & modelling studies to properly sort out land zonings had worn thin. (TV ONE/NEWS).

Despite Leah's modern Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St, being on the edge of the CBD, close to the Avon River & badly liquefactioned by the Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, the school was green zoned. Our house in Burnside, Heath St, no liquefaction at all, was also green zoned. I wondered how zoners zoned green zone bldgs? (Only later on would CERA come up with TC1, TC2, TC3 green zoning based on severity of land damages).


28.06.11. June 13 quake, sandbagging by Horseshoe Lake outlet, Avon River, New Brighton Rd


28.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned bus stop, Horseshoe Lake outlet by Avon River, New Brighton Rd


28.06.11. June 13 quake, workman operating sucker truck in liquefactioned car park, Horseshoe Lake outlet, New Brighton Rd


28.06.11. June 13 quake, workmen sucking sludge from Horseshoe Lake outlet, New Brighton Rd


28.06.11. June 13 quake, workman by Horseshoe Lake outlet, pump house behind, New Brighton Rd

Tues 28.06.11. I parked my car on New Brighton Rd by Horseshoe Lake pump-house outlet into Avon River by Kerrs Reach. After several quakes, New Brighton Rd was still severely liquefactioned & sunk in places, lumpy & bumpy. Avon River bank was built up with white plastic sandbags forming a small stop bank.


28.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned New Brighton Rd by Horseshoe Lake outlet bridge, Avon River


Two orange, Hi Vis vested workmen by the road bridge pulled a yellow, plastic pipe through outlet water, sucking sludge from the water. A sewage, sucker truck stood in the liquefactioned car park, an orange, Hi Vis vested workman operating the truck suction. Nearby houses along New Brighton Rd were quake damaged & abandoned.


28.06.11. June 13 quake damaged house, New Brighton Rd. Houses along the road were damaged in previous quakes too




Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See CERA Landcheck for Christchurch land zones & quake payouts

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