Monday, June 13, 2011

FREE BRICKS HELP YOURSELF, June 13, mag 6.3 Christchurch Quake

Images, quake damaged Rossall St / Glandovey Rd / Heaton St / Strowan Rd crossing:


14.06.11. June 13 quake collapsed, brick, garden wall, cnr Rossall St / Glandovey Rd. The wall collapsed in 2 former quakes & was thrice rebuilt


14.06.11. June 13 quake, danger taped, liquefactioned driveway, cnr Strowan Rd / Heaton St


14.06.11. June 13 quake damaged, brick house, cnr Strowan Rd / Heaton St. The house was damaged in 2 previous quakes & was demolished




Images, quake damaged Madras St:

14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Madras St, between Edgeware Rd & Bealey Ave. Madras St was liquefactioned & damaged in the Feb 22 quake too












A couple of hours post mag 6.3 Christchurch quake, 2.20 pm, Mon 13.06.11, Leah arrived home from teaching at Jean Seabrook Memorial School, spooked by the quake. Staff & students had dived under desks, like in the Feb 22 quake, till the quake stopped.

The quake had thrown Leah about, hurting her back. It was the second time in 4 months since the deadly Feb 22, mag 6.3 quake her school was liquefactioned & closed for safety checking.

Images, quake damaged London St:


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, liquefactioned lot, London St. Town houses were eventually built on the lot


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned pavement & entrance to Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St. SMcK Cntr entrance was liquefaction flooded in the Feb 22 quake too


14.06.11. June 13 quake, portaloos in liquefactioned car park, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St. Portaloos were used since Feb 22 quake


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boil in Seabrook McKenzie Centre car park, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned pavement outside Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, workman checking sewage pipes outside Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boil opp Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St

Leah had waited till kids left with parents, while mud boils & mud volcanoes oozed in front of her ground floor, corner classroom, in the playground & in the school car park.

Leah drove home to Burnside along liquefactioned, gridlocked roads. Deja vu the Feb 22 quake - liquefaction mud & flooding along Cranford St & Heaton St.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, toppled rubbish bin in classroom, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, small items OK in classroom, big items like computer & metal cupboard toppled in classroom, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St

Tues 14.06.11. I drove to Leah's Jean Seabrook Memorial School, at Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St, via Wairakei Rd, Heaton St, Forfar St, Madras, St, Bealey Ave. It was the route I drove during the Feb 22 quake. Deja vu too.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, scattered office items, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, muffin on a chair, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St

Places along the way which were liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake were liquefactioned in the June 13 quake too: corner Wairakei Rd & Ilam Rd; (garden brick wall collapsed, corner Glandovey Rd & Rossall St, fixed twice already, third wall collapse in 3 different quakes); Heaton St; Innes Rd; Severn St not too bad; Forfar St; Madras St bad, with new sink holes, deep silt & flooding, a bumpy mess. Bumpy Bealey Ave OK, traffic flowing, business as usual.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, papers scattered in director's office, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St

I wanted to see closed Jean Seabrook Memorial School before others arrived & messed pristine liquefaction. I also wanted to see Stanmore Rd shops which had collapsed on Stanmore Rd / Worcester St corner. Quake trashed shops had already been demolished across the road, where two people died in Wicks Fish during Feb 22 quake.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boil, Seabrook McKenzie Centre car park. SMcK Cntr was liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake too


I parked at Jean Seabrook Memorial School & coolpixed mounds of liquefaction silt in the car park. Mud had oozed under the school's glass front doors. Mud boils were beside the car park portaloos & the front & back gates. Concrete paths beside & in front of Leah's ground floor class in the double storey school were covered in sticky, liquefaction mud.

The playground before Leah's class was covered in mud boils. The sand pit, about half a metre above ground level, had a mud boil next to it, through concrete.

On the glass front door a notice read:

WE ARE CLOSED
FOR THE REST OF
THE DAY DUE TO
THE
EARTHQUAKE

I coolpixed through locked, glass doors - chaos: toppled cupboard & computer in Leah's classroom; papers scattered behind the director's chair in her office; table overturned in another office. A stale muffin smearing cream on a chair in another room.

On London St, two workmen in orange, Hi Vis vests inspected a manhole in the middle of the road, checking sewage pipes. An empty lot near the school, liquefactioned by the Feb 22 quake, was more liquefactioned by the June 13 quake, mud everywhere. (Town houses were eventually built on the liquefactioned  lot).

Images, quake damaged Pavitt St:


14.06.11. June 13 quake, Richmond Creche liquefactioned car park view of liquefactioned Seabrook McKenzie Centre car park, Pavitt St. Both car parks & Pavitt St were liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake too

The creche across Pavitt St was liquefactioned: kids' playground equipment was covered in yellow CAUTION tape; fallen apples were sprinkled on top of liquefaction volcanoes in the playground. Slippery liquefaction mud covered pavements in front of Jean Seabrook Memorial School & the creche. A green, plastic, sewage tank was outside the creche since the Feb 22 quake.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Pavitt St. Liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake too



14.06.11. June 13 quake, green, plastic, sewage tank by liquefactioned London St & Pavitt St cnr


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boil in Creche car park, Pavitt St

Images, quake damaged London St:


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Creche, London St






Across London St, Richmond Working Mens Club brick wall, damaged in the Feb 22 quake, was trashed in the June 13 quake, roof collapsed. Two security men, dressed in black, faces grim, stood by the car park entrance.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, Pavitt St view of London St gate to liquefactioned Richmond Working Mens Club



14.06.11. June 13 quake, plastic sewage tanks on London St since Feb 22 quake & view of Feb 22 quake collapsed, June 13 quake trashed Richmond Working Mens Club brick wall, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake collapsed, June 13 quake trashed brick wall & roof, Richmond Working Men's Club, cnr London St / Stanmore Rd. That cnr of Richmond Working Men's Club was soon demolished. Eventually the whole Club was demolished






Stanmore Rd, traffic flowing, was business as usual during that crisp, frosty morning: New World was open; Gas was being sold; a roadside Espresso van, sold coffee; some shops were open, some were closed due to previous quake damages. Liquefactioned car park by a block of flats. People shovelled & swept mud off pavements.

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd:


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Stanmore Rd & Richmond Village Green. Liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake too


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Stanmore Rd. Liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake too


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Vincent de Paul, Stanmore Rd. Vincent de Paul closed post quake & was demolished


14.06.11. June 13 quake damaged Stanmore Rd Bridge. Damaged in Feb 22 quake too


14.06.11. June 13 quake cracked Avonside Dr by Stanmore Rd Bridge. There were new quake cracks on patched Feb 22 quake cracks. Over many months, those cracks were repeatedly tar sealed due to unstable Avon River bank slumping, caused by lateral spreading.

At Stanmore Rd Bridge over the Avon I saw new quake cracks at span / abutment joins. On the other side of the bridge, a new quake crack was on Avonside Dr, where tar seal patches covered previous quake cracks. Two workmen, wearing orange, Hi Vis vests, inspected the cracks.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Stanmore Rd. Liquefactioned in the Feb 22 quake too


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned housing, trashed in the Feb 22 quake, Stanmore Rd. Trashed Parish Hall, Avonside Trinity Anglican Church behind. Parish Hall & Trinity Church were demolished


14.06.11. June 13 quake collapsed, concrete brick wall, Stanmore Rd


14.06.11. June 13 quake: Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Stanmore Rd


Further down Stanmore Rd I coolpixed Feb 22 quake damaged flats & a brick house, wall peeled off by previous quakes, which I drove past every morn when I took Luke to Sullivan Ave tech.

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


14.06.11. June 13 quake, demolition site, memorial board to Wicks fish shop shopkeeper killed in the Feb 22 quake, Worcester St. Two people died there in the Feb 22 quake

Corner Stanmore Rd / Worcester St: I coolpixed the demolition site of previous quake damaged bldgs. By a small pile of bricks, on the demolition site where Wicks Fish once stood, a sign read:

FREE BRICKS
HELP YOURSELF


14.06.11. June 13 quake, FREE BRICKS sign on Feb 22 quake demolition site, Worcester St

Another sign with photos read:

WE
MISS
YOU
MUMMY
XX


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, June 13 quake trashed gun shop, Worcester St



The sign with pics & messages honoured Wicks Fish owner who'd died in the Feb 22 quake. Two people died in Wicks Fish in the Feb 22 quake. Talon Arms gun shop was the only shop which survived the June 13 quake.

EQC proved to be incompetent, with useless Call Centre staff passing the buck to Council, poorly trained, incompetent assessors & lost EQC files.

In Dec 2011, the Royal Commission revealed that pre Feb 22 quake, a lost EQC file had a warning that quake damaged, Wicks Fish's brick walls were dangerous. (Wicks Fish shared a Sept 4 quake damaged, brick wall with next door $2 shop, which collapsed into Wicks Fish in the Feb 22 quake). EQC boss Simpson said such information wasn't revealed to neighbouring bldg owners to protect property prices. Post Feb 22 quake, due to Wicks Fish deaths, EQC policy changed regarding warnings about dangerous bldgs. (The Press, 16.12.11).

I wondered how many more "lost file" excuses EQC used to justify its incompetence & get away with manslaughter. EQC made money for decades from property owners & had more than enough time to sort its policies & systems.

Opposite Wicks Fish the row of corner shops had collapsed - roof collapsed, walls peeled off, rooms exposed. The shops were already damaged by the Feb 22 quake. While I coolpixed the collapsed shops, 2 men wearing yellow & orange, Hi Vis vests reeled out danger tape & checked the fence cordon.


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, June 13 quake collapsed shops, cnr Stanmore Rd / Worcester St. The shops were demolished.


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, June 13 quake collapsed Linwood Community Arts Centre, opp Feb 22 quake / June 13 quake damaged / trashed shops. Post quakes, Linwood Community Arts Centre was in a collapsed, dangerous, cordoned state for many months. Linwood Community Arts Centre was restored.

Across the road from the collapsed shops, Feb 22 quake damaged & June 13 quake trashed, Linwood Community Arts Centre stood behind a fence cordon. A brick chimney was unstable. The back, brick wall & back roof had collapsed. A dusty piano stood inside an exposed room. Linwood Community Arts Centre stood abandoned & dangerous for months before restoration.




14.06.11. Back of Feb 22 quake damaged, June 13 quake trashed Linwood Community Arts Centre, cnr Stanmore Rd / Worcester St. Post quakes, Linwood Community Arts Centre stood collapsed, dangerous, cordoned for months. Linwood Community Arts Centre was restored


A sewage sucker truck parked next to Linwood Community Arts Centre had signs which read:

HYDROCARBONS
(LIQUID)
IN EMERGENCY
DIAL 111
FIRE BRIGADE

INFECTIOUS
SUBSTANCES
In case of damage or leakage
immediately notify public
health authority

HYDROVAC
ENVIRONMENTAL SUPPORT
* Drain unblocking
* Sump and Tank Cleaning
* Trade Waste Removal & Disposal
* CCTV Drain Inspections / Locations
* Septic System Maintenance
* Root Cutting

There were hordes of sucker trucks roaming Christchurch, sucking crap from broken drains & broken pipes. Sucker trucks also blasted water along pipes to dislodge liquefaction silt, which was also sucked up & dumped at Burwood Dump.


14.06.11. June 13 quake, sucker truck euphemisms, a load of crap, Stanmore Rd


Over the last 9 months since the Sept 4 quake, we'd witnessed quake disintegration of Christchurch, reverting back to swampland, by tidal rivers, estuaries & the Pacific. With all the rotten, old, brick bldgs, collapsing in the CBD red zone in the June 13 quake, there'd be lots more "Free Bricks Help Yourself."

By the only intact shops on a Stanmore Rd / Worcester St corner, I chatted to 2 friendly Maori blokes, enjoying survivor drinks in bright winter sunlight. One nose-rubbed me in greeting, chatting like a long lost friend. His cousin with full face tattoo asked, "Where ya from?"


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake damaged shops, cnr Worcester St / Stanmore Rd


"Durban," I said. "We've lived here 16 years, our sons grew up in Christchurch. Despite the quakes, I feel safer in Christchurch than SA." He pointed his index finger at me & cocked his thumb. I agreed, while he snapped us with his camera.


14.06.11. June 13 quake tilted garage, Worcester St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, undamaged glassware on shop shelves, but toppled silverware, Worcester St


14.06.11. June 13 quake toppled shop goods, Worcester St


A shop window had shelves full of glassware, not fallen in the June 13 quake. Inside the shop, bottles & packets flung from shelves were scattered on the floor. By a table, scores of plates were scattered on the floor. The shop was closed.

Images, quake damaged Stanmore Rd:

14.06.11. June 13 quake: Feb 22 quake, plastic sewage tank, Stanmore Rd


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned roadside, pavement & shops, Stanmore Rd


14.06.11. Espresso coffee van, Stanmore Rd. It was the first shanty shop I saw around town post quake - shipping containers, trailers, vans, caravans, porta-cabins, huts.


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, June 13 quake trashed shop brick wall, Stanmore Rd


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned roadside, pavement & shops, Stanmore Rd


14.05.11. June 13 liquefactioned shops, Stanmore Rd. The shops were demolished


14.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, June 13 quake trashed, brick, Piccolo Coffeebar, Stanmore Rd. Piccolo Coffeebar was demolished


14.06.11. June 13 quake, Indian Restaurant quake survivor, next to a Sept 4 quake demolition site, Stanmore Rd


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned flats, Stanmore Rd

I wandered back up Stanmore Rd & coolpixed liquefactioned pavements, quake trashed, red stickered shops & flats. A ubiquitous, green, plastic, sewage tank stood roadside, A sign on it read:

HUMAN WASTE
ONLY

WASH YOUR HANDS AFTER DISPOSAL!!
BEWARE OF SPLASHBACK!!

With sewage polluted rivers, broken sewers, roaming sucker trucks, pavement portaloos & chemical toilets being hand-emptied into waste tanks, it was a wonder bubonic plaque didn't infest Christchurch. Never mind sewage saturated, liquefaction silt, heaped at roadsides for weeks.

I coolpixed more liquefaction at Jean Seabrook Memorial School & the creche across Pavitt St.

Images, quake damaged London St:


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned front gate, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned car park & front gate, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, portaloo in car park, portaloo used since Feb 22 quake, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction by portaloo & school playground fence, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned front door, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud on concrete path, school playground, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned playground gate & fence, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned playground, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boil through 1/2 m concrete, by school sand pit & fence, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction boils in car park, Seabrook McKenzie Centre, London St



14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction flooding, Bealey Ave nr Fitzgerald Ave crossing

On my drive back to Burnside I stopped on Bealey Ave to coolpix liquefaction puddles near Fitzgerald Ave. Cranford St had lots of liquefaction mud in gutters all the way to Westminster St.

I stopped at Oxley Ave near where Jake "flatted" in a Feb 22 quake damaged garage & coolpixed driveways covered in liquefaction mud. Where a car was stuck in sink hole mud during the Feb 22 quake, I coolpixed two June 13 sink holes, marked by plastic road cones & a yellow, wooden chest.

Images, quake damaged Cranford St:


14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned Cranford St opp Oxley Ave






14.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud & quake sink holes, Oxley Ave nr Cranford St



Wed 15.06.11. With spades & barrows, Leah, staff & parents dug away all the silt from the school playground & car park & dumped it on London St & Pavitt St roadsides for Council haulage. They were in good company, as many suburban residents were mud slinging too.

Images, quake damaged London St:


15.06.11. June 13 quake, porta-cabin office nr liquefactioned sand pit, Jean Seabrook Memorial School, London St


15.06.11. Staff & parent team of liquefaction mud diggers 2 days post June 13 quake, Seabrook McKenzie Centre car park, London St





15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefactioned pavement & portaloo by Seabrook McKenzie Centre fence, Pavitt St


15.06.11. June 13 quake, liquefaction mud dug from Seabrook McKenzie Centre & Jean Seabrook Memorial School car park & playground, London St. Feb 22 & June 13 quake liquefactioned lot behind

Fri 17.05.11. After tidy up, clean up, liquefaction digging & safety checking, 4 days post Mon, 6.3 mag quake, Jean Seabrook Memorial School & Seabrook McKenzie Centre reopened for teaching & business.

There were no counselling services for teachers, who endured repeated traumas of shaken, liquefactioned bldgs, traumatised parents & kids. Teachers just got on with it & coped.

During the 2010-2011 quake year, Leah lost weight & got her youthful figure back again. She said it was her careful eating. I thought it was quake stress. Post quakes, she had quake flashbacks.

2012-2013. Leah still had quake anxiety. Me too. We were both wary of old bldgs, high rises & covered car parks. Post quakes there were 100s of abandoned bldgs around Christchurch, some fence cordoned, some not. We avoided them.

2014. We relocated to Fairlie, while Leah taught at Lake Tekapo School. Leah regained her normal weight. Over the last 3 quake years I'd lost 5 kilos, while wandering quaked Christchurch & taking 20 000 odd blog pics.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

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