Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Kerrs Reach Rowing Club Houses & Porritt Park, Christchurch Quake

01.06.11. Fourteen weeks post 22.02.11 magnitude 6.3, Christchurch quake I drove across Gayhurst Rd Bridge & along Avonside Dr to Kerrs Reach rowing club houses. Fence cordons across badly quake damaged Avonside Dr detoured me along Kerrs Rd to Kerrs Reach.

Images, quake damaged Gayhurst Rd & Kerrs Rd:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged cnr Gayhurst Rd / Locksley Ave & Gayhurst Rd Bridge

I parked on Avonside Dr by Avon Rowing Club, the club car park was damaged by the Sept 4 quake & trashed by the Feb 22 quake, huge cracks. Cracking & slumping was due to lateral spreading. A large, green, plastic, sewage tank stood near the car park by the Avon River bend.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, semi-detached houses, Kerrs Rd




I coolpixed quake damaged houses on Kerrs Rd & Avonside Dr, then coolpixed the 5 quake damaged, rowing club houses. I'd seen some quake cracks, riverbank slumping & club house damage post Sept 4 quake, but the Feb 22 quake trashed Kerrs Reach riverbank & 5 club houses.

Avon Rowing Club, Union Rowing Club & Christ's College Rowing were demolished & rebuilt.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garden wall, cnr Kerrs Rd / Avonside Dr


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, cnr Kerrs Rd view of Avonside Dr fence cordon

Images, quake damaged, rowing club houses Kerrs Reach:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, sewage tank by Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Avon Rowing Club was demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, CONTAMINATED WATER sign, Avon River bend, Kerrs Reach. Locksley Ave backdrop

Avon River bank by the 5 club houses had slumped hugely, leaving some quake cracks at least 2m wide, with big bank chunks sunk into cracks. So wide I could've planked inside the cracks, sideways.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Rowing Clubs sign, Kerrs Reach, survived quakes & aftershocks, despite nearby roads & club houses damaged


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracks behind Avon Rowing Club, shipping container & portaloos. Avon Rowing Club was demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged entrance, Union Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Union Rowing Club was fire razed, demolished & rebuilt

Concrete slabs around club houses were cracked, widely separated & tilted, some tilted a couple of feet in the air. Club houses were closed & red stickered. Only signs of club house life were waterfowl crapping on pontoons.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake separated concrete by quake damaged Avon Rowing Club. Demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake sunk Avon Rowing Club. Demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake sunk Union Rowing Club & pontoons. Union Rowing Club was fire razed, demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Union Rowing Club & Avon Rowing Club & waterfowl fouled pontoons. Both Clubs were demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Union Rowing Club & Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Both Clubs were demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Union Rowing Club, liquefaction mud & quake separated concrete. Union Rowing Club was fire razed, demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracked footpath by rowing clubs, Kerrs Reach. Cracks were due to lateral spreading


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Canterbury Rowing Club & Arawa Canoe Club, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefaction mud by quake damaged Canterbury Rowing Club


Club houses were badly damaged: cracked walls, broken windows, tilted window frames, boarded windows & doors, walls sunk into riverside mud, liquefaction mud heaped by one club house.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Arawa Canoe Club, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Christ's College Rowing, Kerrs Reach. Christ's College Rowing was demolished & rebuilt







01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Christ's College Rowing view of quake damaged stands & Arawa Canoe Club, Kerrs Reach. Christ's College Rowing was demolished & rebuilt


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake sunk Christ's College Rowing, Kerrs Reach. Christ's College Rowing was demolished & rebuilt






01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracks by Christ's College Rowing, Kerrs Reach. Cracks were caused by lateral spreading


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, fence cordoned footbridge, Porritt Park polluted stream by Christ's College Rowing, Kerrs Reach. Avonside Dr across the footbridge, which was demolished


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracks, Arawa Canoe Club, Kerrs Reach. Cracks were caused by lateral spreading



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Arawa Canoe Club view of quake slumping, damaged footpath & rowing club houses, Kerrs Reach. Slumping was due to lateral spreading



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake slumping & cracked footpath by Arawa Canoe Club. Locksley Ave backdrop, Kerrs Reach. Slumping & cracks were due to lateral spreading


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracked footpath by rowing clubs, Kerrs Reach. Cracks were caused by lateral spreading


01.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake, pontoon shag, Kerrs Reach

Besides sewage polluted Avon River, with CONTAMINATED WATER signs on riverbanks, graffiti polluted club house walls. Red DANGER signs were scrawled on some boards. A club house door, red sticker read: "Extremely Unsafe"


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged entrance, Union Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Union Rowing Club was demolished & rebuilt



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red & yellow stickers, Union Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, shipping container & portaloos, quake damaged back of Avon Rowing Club, Kerrs Reach. Avon Rowing Club was demolished & rebuilt



01.06.11. Sept 4 quake cracks, car park road behind Kerrs Reach rowing clubs. Avonside Dr beyond

Beneath willows, the bridge across Avon River loop around Porritt Park was fence cordoned. The loop was muddy & polluted. Kerrs Reach side, I coolpixed Porritt Park hockey stadium, astro turf - lumpy & bumpy, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Liquefaction mud I saw through the car park gate had burst through astro turf in one place.

Images, quake damaged Porritt Park & Avonside Dr:


01.06.11. Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged Porritt Park Hockey Stadium


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, cnr Avonside Dr / Kerrs Rd


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Avonside Dr, nr Porritt Park


I drove around Porritt Park via Avonside Dr & Wainoni Rd, stopping to coolpix quake damaged houses on Avonside Dr behind the hockey stadium. One house was hugely tilted into mud, with broken garage & cracked driveway.

The paddock by Porritt Park Hockey Stadium was liquefactioned - masses of mud mounds seen through willows by the Avon loop. A stop bank was made by the loop on Avonside Dr to stop flooding.


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged driveway, Avonside Dr, Porritt Park


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, Avonside Dr, Porritt Park





01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded house, Avonside Dr, Porritt Park



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house & garage, Avonside Dr, Porritt Park







I parked on Wainoni Rd by shops & a red, roadside pump, pumping sludge into the Avon loop. Beneath willows, white foam bubbled & swirled in sewage stinking water, meandering towards Avon River. A bloke on the footpath grinned & said, "Porritt Park's fucked!" I agreed.

Images, quake damaged Porritt Park, Wainoni Rd:


01.06.11. Feb 22 quake pump, Porritt Park stream, Wainoni Rd



01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, sewage polluted Porritt Park stream, Wainoni Rd




01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, CONTAMINATED WATER sign, Porritt Park stream & liquefaction mud, Porritt Park paddock, Avonside Dr

Images, quake damaged Avonside Dr:


19.07.11. Feb 22 quake & June 13 quake, liquefactioned, damaged houses, Avonside Dr, opp Porritt Park







01.06.11. Feb 22 quake, fence cordoned footbridge over Porritt Park polluted stream, by Christ's College Rowing, Avonside Dr. Christ's College Rowing was demolished & rebuilt. The footbridge was demolished



The Weekend Press, 4-5.06.11 reported seismologists confirming evidence of the Greendale Fault, Port Hills Fault & offshore faults near Ashley River. Also found - two faults through Christchurch CBD, parallel to the Port Hills Fault. Active fault found in Pegasus Bay opposite Kaiapoi, no tsunami danger. Possible small offshore faults by New Brighton, Port Levy & Pigeon Bay.

Offshore? (Would later cause the 23.12.11 Xmas quake swarm).

Seismologists had missed the Banks Peninsula Fault from Sumner to Pigeon Bay, which would cause another 6.3 mag quake on 13.06.11, causing more damage & liquefaction to Christchurch. Seismologists were wise post quakes, but were unable to predict quakes. 

The point about Kerrs Reach rowing club houses & Porritt Park Hockey Stadium & nearby damaged housing was that CERA hadn't yet red zoned properties as irrevocably damaged, nor had the 13.06.11 quake struck yet. The latter caused more quake damages & people to despair after 4 major quakes: 04.09.10 quake, Boxing Day quake, lethal 22.02.11 quake, 13.06.11 quake.

Kerrs Reach & Porritt Park were 2 sports areas trashed by quakes - rowing & hockey. There were more: QE11 Park - athletics, swimming & cricket; AMI Stadium - rugby; Wilding Park - tennis...

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

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