Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Red Zone, Dead Zone, Christchurch Quake

Wed 08.06.11. Fifteen weeks post 22.02.11, magnitude 6.3 quake, I parked my car in the red zone on Manchester St, as Manchester St red zone was opened a bit from Peterborough St inwards to the CBD, including a bit of Cambridge Tce.

Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged garage & house, Manchester St, nr Salisbury St crossing


l also wanted to look at some of Colombo St, former red zone, which had opened up a bit by Christchurch Town Hall & Kilmore St going to Victoria St. I'd already walked blitzed Peterborough St, which joined the two bits of opened, fence cordoned, red zone I wanted to see.


08.06.11. Quake damaged houses, Manchester St, nr Peterborough St crossing


08.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake demolition site & Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged housing, cnr Manchester St / Peterborough St. The housing was demolished post June 13 quake


08.06.11. Quake trashed house, cnr Manchester St / Peterborough St. The house was demolished post June 13 quake


08.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake demolition site, cnr Manchester St / Peterborough St

The former national state of emergency Civil Defence & later CERA made quake trashed bldgs safe, either by part demolition or full demolition, then opened bits of the red zone, from the 4 Avenues inwards to the dead city centre - for people to safely view & grieve.

I'd already seen the CTV bldg ruin, red zone, where 115 people died (ruin demolished). It was time to see where 18 people died at the PGC bldg, red zone, Cambridge Tce.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone fence cordon, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St


08.06.11. Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged bldgs, incl part demolished Repertory Theatre right, red zone, Kilmore St. Repertory Theatre was demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, USAR / TF graffiti on business door, red zone, cnr Kilmore St / Manchester St. C meant Clear, no bodies. The bldg was demolished.

I walked down Manchester St & coolpixed quake damaged bldgs & demolition sites I'd already seen between Salisbury St & Peterborough St, where the fence cordon had shrunk into the CBD red zone, down to Avon River.

Taiwan USAR / TF graffiti was spray-painted on business bldgs & pavements. USAR teams called themselves Task Force, TF, but I preferred the abbreviation USAR, more descriptive of their job - Urban Search & Rescue.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned, red stickered, St Luke's Close, red zone, Manchester St


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red stickered St Luke's Cl & quake trashed St Luke's Anglican Church, red zone, Manchester St. St Lukes was demolished post June 13 quake


08.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed St Luke's Anglican Church, red zone, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St. St Lukes was demolished post June 13 quake


08.06.11. Post Feb 22 quake, house demolition site, opp St Luke's Anglican Church, red zone, Manchester St


08.06.11. Wooden bell tower, Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed St Luke's Anglican Church, red zone, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St. St Lukes was demolished post June 13 quake. The wooden bell tower survived the quakes


08.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed St Luke's Anglican Church, red zone, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St. St Lukes was demolished post June 13 quake


08.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed bldgs, red zone, seen from St Luke's, cnr Manchester St / Kilmore St. The trashed roadside bldgs & BNZ high rise behind were demolished

Beyond Peterborough St crossing, I coolpixed St Luke's Anglican Church, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. Stone gables fell in the Sept 4 quake, but Feb 22 quake shook big holes in the nave stone walls & chomped big chunks off chancel & apse stone walls - like a bomb strike. The roof held up, due to strong, wooden arches. St Luke's was demolished post June 13 quake. All that survived the quakes was the wooden bell tower.


08.06.11. Manchester St view of Feb 22 quake deserted Kilmore St, looking east towards Fire Service cordon, red zone


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake portaloo & EQC inspector, red zone, Kilmore St


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned Cancer Society Centre, red zone, Manchester St


Traffic deserted Kilmore St was fence cordoned Town Hall side, but eastwards on the Fire Service bldg side I saw 2 EQC inspectors in yellow, Hi Vis vests entering a Kilmore St house.

Further down Manchester St, the Cancer Society Centre was badly liquefactioned, concrete curb bent, mud on the pavement & by front wall & glass doors. Plastic daffodils were strewn on a muddy floor inside the abandoned bldg.



08.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed bldgs, red zone, Manchester St, nr Cambridge Tce crossing. The trashed bldgs & PWC high rise behind were demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Manchester St neighbouring bldgs to the PGC demolished bldg, red zone. Front bldg was demolished

Across the road, I coolpixed two bldgs damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake. A double fence cordon by Manchester St Bridge stopped access to the red zone CBD, a dead zone of high rises, where no birds sang.

08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone, cnr Manchester St / Cambridge Tce view across Manchester St Bridge of high rise hotels: Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle left. Hotel Grand Chancellor left, BNZ right & foreground bldgs were demolished



Through cordon fences I saw the PGC bldg demolition site, sanitized, flattened rubble, across Cambridge Tce from the Retour Restaurant. Two orange, Hi Vis vested workmen slouched on PGC bldg rubble. No respect for the dead.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, PGC bldg demolition site, red zone, cnr Manchester St / Cambridge Tce. 18 people died when the PGC bldg collapsed. All bldgs in the pic, incl Ernst & Young centre, were demolished

Victorians & Edwardians got it wrong with Christchurch stone & brick churches fallen apart in the quakes. Hopefully Council & CERA would build better, safer bldgs.

Jabberers talked of "Mother Nature" being responsible for quakes, thus excusing planners, surveyors, architects, engineers, builders, any human mistakes. I bet many mistakes were buried under red zone, dead zone demolition rubble. There was nothing "Mother Nature" nurturing about people dying in the Feb 22 quake.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Theosophy bldg, red zone, Cambridge Tce. The bldg degenerated in later quakes & was demolished

I wandered along deserted Cambridge Tce by Avon River, to look at quake broken Theosophy bldg & Oxford Tce Baptist Church, damaged by the Sept 4 quake, trashed by the Feb 22 quake, across Avon River. The Theosophy bldg was demolished. On the red zone river bank, Oxford Tce side, high rises stood silent & empty, a fence cordon riverside. Centennial Pool where we'd swum was abandoned. Centennial Pool would be demolished & replaced by the Margaret Mahy kids' playground in 2015.

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake demolition site, red zone, cnr Peterborough St / Colombo St


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, demolition sites, isolated bldg, red zone, Colombo St, between Peterborough St & Kilmore St crossings



08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, USAR / TF graffiti on business bldg, red zone, Colombo St, between Peterborough St & Kilmore St crossings




08.06.11. Feb 22 quake demolition site & quake trashed brick bldg, red zone, Colombo St, between Peterborough St & Kilmore St crossings. The trashed bldg was demolished


I wandered along quake blitzed Peterborough St to Colombo St. On one corner was an empty demolition site. Down Colombo St were two more empty demolition sites, on both Kilmore St corners.

Eastwards beyond the demolition site, I saw a quake trashed, double-storey bldg. It was demolished post June 13 quake.

Westwards on Colombo St, between two demolition sites, stood a small block of 5 shops, all that was left of bldgs on that Colombo St block between Peterborough St & Kilmore St. One of the shops was named DUSTY OLD THINGS ANTIQUES. Others: WHISKY GALORE; THE COOK SHOP; MR SUSHI. The 5 shops were demolished post June 13 quake. They were a microcosm of 100s of businesses destroyed in the quakes.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, block of 5 small shops isolated by quake demolition sites, red zone Colombo St, between Peterborough St & Kilmore St crossings. The 5 shops were demolished post June 13 quake







08.06.11. Feb 22 quake demolition site, red zone, cnr Kilmore St / Colombo St


The fence cordon on Colombo St was in the middle of the road, making Colombo St one-way to Kilmore St, where the fence cordon curved towards the Town Hall entrance on Kilmore St. Eastwards towards Manchester St, Kilmore St was still fence cordoned red zone.

Beyond the fence cordon, looking towards Avon River & down Colombo St to quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, the red zone was dead.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone cordon fence, Kilmore St / Colombo St crossing. All bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, cordon fence view of red zone high rises beyond Avon River, Colombo St / Kilmore St crossing. BNZ left & PWC right were demolished. All bldgs in the pic were demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Colombo St red zone view of high rises across Avon River towards quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral. Copthorne Hotel middle was demolished. Forsyth Barr beyond was repaired as Crowne Plaza Hotel

Five days later, 13.06.11, the 6.3 mag quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral again, the western rose window smashed into rubble. It was time Christchurch Cathedral death trap was completely demolished. As a city icon & worship place it was kaput. (Wishful thinking, as heritage fanatics & court cases would delay decisions on Christchurch Cathedral's fate for years).


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake demolition site view of quake damaged Christchurch Town Hall, red zone, cnr Colombo St / Kilmore St



Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:

08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone Kilmore St view of sky bridge between quake damaged Town Hall & Convention Centre. Quake trashed Crowne Plaza Hotel, Copthorne Hotel left, the sky bridge & Convention Centre were demolished


On Kilmore St, Town Hall entrance was protected by shipping containers, as Town Hall was badly quake damaged. Orange & yellow, Hi vis vested workmen, with 1 000 yard stares slouched behind Town Hall glass doors. After years of Council dithering, only in 2015 did Council decide to restore Town Hall at a cost of $127.5 million. (The Press 11.06.15).


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Christchurch Town Hall entrance, red zone, Kilmore St


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone cordon fence & skips by quake damaged Town Hall, Kilmore St. Quake trashed Crowne Plaza Hotel & Copthorne Hotel beyond, were demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo & shipping container by quake damaged Christchurch Town Hall, red zone, Kilmore St


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, sky bridge between quake damaged Christchurch Town Hall & Crowne Plaza Hotel, red zone, Kilmore St. The sky bridge & Crowne Plaza Hotel were demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Crowne Plaza Hotel & Copthorne Hotel, red zone, Kilmore St. Both hotels were demolished


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged, boarded Crowne Plaza Hotel, red zone, Kilmore St, seen from Victoria St cnr. Crowne Plaza Hotel was demolished

The Weekend Press June 11-12 reported the Town Hall & Convention Centre were so quake damaged they wouldn't be opened again for 2.5 years, early 2014 at least. The city heart had stopped beating: Christchurch Cathedral, Town Hall, Convention Centre, Arts Centre, Art Gallery, businesses, hotels, restaurants, pubs. All stopped.

Red zone CBD businesses had relocated to suburbs, pitted against slow EQC & insurers, dithering Council, vampire contractors & honeymooning CERA.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, USAR / TF graffiti & boarded Golder Associates, red zone, Kilmore St



08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, USAR / TF graffiti opp Town Hall, red zone, Kilmore St. CLEAR meant no bodies


The red zone, fence cordon continued past closed Crowne Plaza hotel, windows boarded. Opposite the Town Hall, Kilmore St businesses were closed. NZ Response Team & NSW USAR / TF graffiti was spray-painted on windows & walls, some windows broken or boarded.

Post 22.02.11 quake, NZ volunteer Response Teams, NZRT, came from all over NZ. Response Teams & professional USAR / TF teams were trained in Urban Search & Rescue. USAR / TF teams came from all over the world to rescue quake survivors & injured & search for bodies. Most international teams arrived too late to save survivors, but like Response Teams they were useful for checking bldgs.

NZ USAR / TF teams did most of the life saving work, with dodgy coordination between cops & fire service managements. Although quicker off the mark, local Response Teams were dogs bodies, doing more escort work & little Search & Rescue. Their life saving skills were poorly used, if at all. The later Royal Commission of Inquiry would show poor Civil Defence coordination amongst USAR / TF teams & Response Teams, due to poor cops & fire service management decisions.

Looking at NZRT & USAR / TF dates & times on bldgs, it seemed that NZRT & USAR / TF teams checked each others' search work, sometimes days apart.

For example, graffiti on the Golder Associates bldg, Kilmore St, opposite Town Hall:

NZRT2
24 FEB
0148

NSW TF
28/2
0430

By Golder Associates three people, wearing yellow plastic hard hats, scurried in & out of the bldg, salvaging business records & dumping them in an Automobile Association car.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake trashed Christchurch Convention Centre, red zone, Kilmore St. Christchurch Convention centre was demolished post June 13 quake



08.06.11. Feb 22 quake sink holes, Christchurch Convention Centre, red zone, Kilmore St


Opposite Town Hall, the Convention Centre was closed, with liquefaction mud on the pavement & 2 fence cordoned sink holes beneath the sky bridge, between the Convention Centre & Town Hall. Convention Centre & sky bridge were demolished post June 13 quake.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, unstable wall, red zone, Kilmore St. Quake trashed Copthorne Hotel left, was demolished



08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, liquefactioned business, red zone, Kilmore St


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Riverlands House, red zone, cnr Kilmore St / Victoria St. Riverlands House was demolished post June 13 quake

Except for some walkers, quake tourists & photographers, Manchester St, Peterborough St, Colombo St, Kilmore St & Victoria St by Christchurch Casino were deserted. During my three hour wander through the red zone only a few cars passed.


08.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Manchester St view of EQC inspectors & portaloo, red zone, Kilmore St

Back at Manchester St, I saw the 2 EQC inspectors emerging from the house I'd seen them entering. Lovely job, well paid, no one bothering them in the red zone, dead zone.

People were gathered at Avon River bridge fence cordon, staring at the PGC bldg demolition site. Two SUVs U-turned & bumped back up Manchester St.

Four months post Feb 22 quake, SUVs & 4x4s were the best vehicles to drive Christchurch patched roads. Our sedan cars were wearing out, dodging pot holes & bumps. Sullivan Ave, Richardson Tce, Oxley Ave, Forfar St, Madras St north of Bealey Ave, Wairakei Rd near Ilam Rd corner, roads I often drove, were dangerous & needed repairs, a fraction of needed road repairs.

The Star 08.06.11 quoted mayor Parker: "Forty five percent of the city's infrastructure including sewerage systems, water supplies, roads and parks were extensively damaged in the earthquake and need to be replaced. While much of this is being paid by insurance and Government subsidies, there is still a shortfall..."

As Council management would prove to be inadequate, SCIRT, Stronger Christchurch Infrastructure Recovery Team, would later be formed to repair Christchurch infrastructure.

Thur 09.06.11, I drove red zone, dead zone: Manchester St had new road markings on new tar seal. Yesterday I'd seen road workers marking Manchester St with string. On Colombo St / Kilmore St corner, workmen laid asphalt on the pavement, opposite fence cordoned Town Hall. I passed a pony-tailed woman, plodding past Town Hall, horror on her face.

Images, quake damaged Bealey Ave:


09.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed Knox Presbyterian Church, red zone, cnr Bealey Ave / Victoria St. For many months post June 13 quake, Knox Church weathered, an eyesore & dangerous. In 2014 Knox Church was restored with copper wall panels


I drove red zone, dead zone Manchester St, Cambridge Tce, Peterborough St, Colombo St, Kilmore St, Victoria St. There were many broken bldgs & demolition sites.

Knox Presbyterian Church was quake trashed on Victoria St / Bealey Ave corner. There were ugly, gaping holes through brick, nave walls, for 9 months since Sept 4 quake damage & Feb 22 quake trashing. Other trashed bldgs on Victoria St were gone, demolished.

Knox Church weathered, an eyesore & dangerous for more than 2 years. Only in October 2013 were foundation repairs & rebuild begun on Knox Church. In 2014 Knox Church was restored with copper wall panels.

Images, quake damaged Cambridge Tce:


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone, cnr Fitzgerald Ave / Cambridge Tce


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, portaloo, red zone, cnr Cambridge Tce / Churchill St


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake liquefactioned driveway, red zone, cnr Cambridge Tce / Churchill St

Fri 10.06.11. I wandered red zone, dead zone again. Beside Avon River, I walked Cambridge Tce to coolpix Oxford Tce Baptist Church, which I'd glimpsed across sewage polluted Avon River two days ago.

A board behind the cordon fence read:

OUR BUILDING IS CRACKED
THE CHURCH IS FINE!

Oxford Tce Baptist Church was demolished post June 13 quake.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone Cambridge Tce view of sewage polluted Avon River & Oxford Tce. Riverbanks collapsed by lateral spreading & new island formed by liquefaction mud


On another walk along Chester St, I'd coolpixed the back of Oxford Tce Baptist Church, which was damaged in the Sept 4 quake, trashed in the Feb 22 quake, its Classic facade obliterated.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracks & slumping of Avon River bank, red zone, Cambridge Tce. Slumping & cracks were due to lateral spreading



Early days, post Feb 22 quake, during the national state of emergency, Fitzgerald Ave / Cambridge Tce corner was guarded by NZDF soldiers - long gone. Houses along Cambridge Tce, overlooking Avon River, were yellow stickered, some houses inhabited, some empty, some quake damaged.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged house, red zone, Cambridge Tce


Beside Avon River, I wandered along quake cracked & slumped Cambridge Tce pavement. Some cracks were about 2 metres deep. Cracking & slumping was due to lateral spreading.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake cracked pavement, Avon River, red zone, Cambridge Tce



By Barbadoes St Cemetery, a stone retaining wall had collapsed for about 100 metres along Cambridge Tce pavement. As it was a rainy morn, cemetery mud from settler graves & liquefaction mud trickled across Cambridge Tce into sewage polluted Avon River. While splashing through muddy puddles, what settler remains was I squashing? I coolpixed quake toppled, settler grave stones & a stone memorial plaque on an intact wall.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake liquefactioned corner of Barbadoes St cemetery, red zone, Cambridge Tce


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake damage to red zone Cambridge Tce & Barbadoes St Cemetery


The grey granite memorial plaque read:

TO THE GLORY OF GOD
AND IN GRATEFUL MEMORY OF
THE EARLY SETTLERS OF CANTERBURY
WHO LIE WITHIN THESE WALLS



10.06.11. Feb 22 quake damaged Barbadoes St Cemetery retaining wall, red zone, Cambridge Tce


10.06.11. Sept 4 & Feb 22 quake damaged grave stones, Barbadoes St Cemetery, red zone, Cambridge Tce


I wandered past quake leaning, Maori poles on Avon River bank. Across Barbadoes St, I passed a house demolition site, already weedy. Beyond Barbadoes St, I wandered over smaller quake cracks on the pavement, past the bottom of Salisbury St & Peterborough St, some houses inhabited, some closed.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, Maori poles, red zone, cnr Barbadoes St / Cambridge Tce

Images, quake damaged Kilmore St:


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone Cambridge Tce view of sewage polluted Avon River & Kilmore St Fire Service bldg, quake damaged


By The Bricks I looked across Avon River at quake damaged, Fire Service bldg on Kilmore St, still with a blue tarp, guard hut in front. A fire engine was parked by the plastic tunnel house, cordoning Kilmore St. Otherwise, Kilmore St was lifeless.


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake red zone cordon, cnr Kilmore St / Madras St Bridge by USA Sept 11 Memorial. The Poplars right was demolished post June 13 quake


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone cordon, east view of Kilmore St towards Fire Service cordon


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone west view down Kilmore St to Manchester St cordon & beyond to Town Hall area

Images, quake damaged Madras St:


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone Madras St Bridge view of sewage polluted Avon River. Oxford Tce left, Cambridge Tce right


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone, Madras St Bridge view of USA Sept 11 Memorial


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone, fence cordon view of high rises to Latimer Sq, Madras St / Oxford Tce checkpoint. The high rises were demolished


10.06.11. Feb 22 quake, red zone, Madras St / Oxford Tce checkpoint. Behind Edmonds clock tower, The Poplars was demolished post June 13 quake


I crossed Kilmore St / Madras St Bridge by the USA, Sept 11 Memorial & coolpixed quake trashed Oxford Tce Baptist Church in the red zone.

Madras St / Oxford Tce crossing: Cops & NZDF soldiers check-pointed south bound vehicles into the red zone, dead zone towards Latimer Sq. CERA would continue variable military checkpoints by red zone cordon fencing for another 2 years.

The Poplars had a ghastly lean & was demolished post June 13 quake. Red zone high rises were dead, as dead as quake flattened grave stones I'd passed at Barbadoes St Cemetery. Northwards, road cone cordoned Madras St was dead. Westwards, Kilmore St, mostly fence cordoned to the Town Hall, was dead.


10.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed Oxford Tce Baptist Church, seen from Madras St, red zone checkpoint. Oxford Tce Baptist Church was demolished post June 13 quake


On my drive back to Burnside, I stopped on Colombo St to coolpix more dead bldgs near Salisbury St crossing, where an earlier NZDF soldier checkpoint was in the red zone, during the national state of emergency. Empty, double storey housing was boarded up. QLD USAR / TF graffiti was on doors & fences. A so-called heritage house was dead, wooden turret on the ground, roofing gone, rafters exposed to a grey sky. The deadly houses were all demolished. Where had all the people gone?

Images, quake damaged Colombo St:


10.06.11. Sept 4 quake damaged, Feb 22 quake trashed, red zone, Colombo St housing. The houses were demolished


Mon 13.06.11. 1.00 pm, mag 5.5. quake, 11 km depth, 10 km east of Christchurch. Shook our nectarine tree while I pruned. Spooked our cat on the garden fence. Spilt some of our emergency water cache in our garage, which I'd stored in a wheelie bin. Mental note: Don't fill wheelie bins to the top with emergency water. We also stored emergency water in plastic bottles & plastic bags in our scullery & in a garage cupboard. 

1.08 pm, mag 4.4 quake, depth 11 km, 10 km SE Christchurch.

2.20 pm, mag 6.3 quake, 9 km depth, 10 km SE of Christchurch (Geonet). For some hours Geonet recorded the June 13 quake as mag 6, then upgraded it to mag 6.3, after consulting seismology machines at various points.

Our house swayed & trees swayed while I stood braced in our back doorway. I watched the seismic wave undulate across my vision & beneath my feet from east to west, like a great ocean swell. It felt like I was on a boat, with deep rumbling underfoot. Our wooden Burnside house on piles was OK, once again.

Leah's London St school was liquefactioned again, as in the Feb 22 quake, with mud boils & water flooding. June 13, mag 6.3 quake threw Leah around in the car park, hurting her back. She drove home to Burnside in gridlock traffic, some traffic lights not working.

One News, 6 pm: Liquefactioned Christchurch eastern suburbs.
Liquefactioned Merivale & Ferry Rd area.
47 000 customers without power (20 000 by 10.30 pm news).
Telecom recommended customers text to obviate land line jams.
Shop bldg collapsed, corner Stanmore Rd & Worcester St (near Leah's school).
Empty bldgs collapsed in CBD red zone.
No fatalities.
Pic of quake dust cloud over Christchurch.
Pic of quake dust cloud over Scarborough.
Rock falls at Shag Rock, Sumner & Boulder Bay.
Pages Rd Bridge, Bridge St Bridge, Anzac Bridge & Waimakariri Bridge closed.
Schools closed until damage / safety checked.

Usually I did weekly shopping at Northlands Pak 'n Save on Monday afternoons. Luckily I did it on Monday morning for the first time in months. Last place I wanted to be during a quake was Pak 'n Save with palleted top shelves. The dark, undercover parking spooked me at the best of times, with tons of loose concrete roof / floor panels above.

Couple of months later I decided not to shop at Northlands Mall anymore. I disliked many quake cracks in the undercover parking, concrete columns, roof beams & wall slabs, repaired with epoxy glue. I thought epoxy glue would tear apart in the next big quake. Northlands Mall undercover parking concrete wasn't the only post quake, concrete slab bldgs I saw repaired with epoxy glue.

June 13 quake: Widespread liquefaction flooding & mudding in riverine, estuarine, lake & lagoon areas, showed Christchurch was reverting to swampland from whence it came.

Tues 14.06.11: Mon 13.06.11, mag 6 quake was upgraded to 6.3 mag, epicentre near Sumner, with a 30 metre wide chunk of Whitewash Head cliffs at the end of Scarborough collapsing into the Pacific. The 5.5 mag quake was upgraded to 5.6 (Geonet). Destructive energies of the June 13 quakes were horizontal instead of vertical, hence the wave like feel of the quakes, as if on a boat.

Seismologists didn't know much about Christchurch quakes, as they based their knowledge on plate boundary, Californian San Andreas Fault & NZ Alpine Fault data, so learned ad hoc from each new, shallow, crustal fault quake in & around Christchurch. (The Press 15.06.11). Seismologists just recorded quakes & were useless at quake predictions.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Christchurch Town Hall $127.5m restoration approved (The Press / Stuff Co).

3 comments:

  1. Received an email from Auckland with positive feedback about blog content.

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  2. excellent shots...
    AN area I knew so well - knowing it has gone and seeing these are so different - I feel a sense of loss all over again.
    I have to grieve - my partner worked for vbase and my son worked at Poplars Hotel...
    end of an era
    more to accept
    doesnt get any easier with time....so far anyway - i am not sure i have even grieved for it yet..

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  3. Grieving comes in waves for me Fi, sometimes catches up with me when I wander past a broken bldg, sometimes while thinking about it later, not easy...

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