Sunday, August 21, 2011

Clifton Quake Damage, Post June 13 Quake

Mon 22. 08.11. Warm sunny, late winter morning. Exactly 6 months post deadly Feb 22 quake, Leah was convinced we were in for another BIG quake, after surviving 1 000s of aftershocks & 4 big quakes over the last year: Sept 4; Dec 26, Feb 22; June 13.

Images, quake damaged Shag Rock, Main Rd:


22.08.11. Shag Rock POLLUTED WATER sign, Avon-Heathcote Estuary mouth, cnr Main Rd / Marriner St, post June 13 quake. Rivers were sewage polluted by quake damaged sewer pipes


It was time for me to look at Clifton quake damage. After dropping Luke off at Sullivan Ave tech, I drove to Clifton. By Avon-Heathcote Estuary mouth, I stopped at quake stunted Shag Rock below Clifton sea cliff to snap broken cliff top houses & a double layer of shipping containers, protecting traffic from rock fall & house fall, at cliff base from Shag Rock all along Marriner St to Gollan Point.

Shag Rock had a POLLUTED WATER sign, as Avon River & Heathcote River were open sewers for months, after quakes mangled Christchurch sewer pipes.

Images, quake damaged Clifton sea cliff, Marriner St:


22.08.11. Shipping containers protecting traffic from Clifton rock fall & house fall, Marriner St, post June 13 quake





I drove up steep, quake damaged Clifton Tce & stopped to snap a quake trashed retaining wall: Roadside concrete blocks with black plastic on the roadside slope, strengthened the steep roadside against slips. Beach side of Clifton Tce, the pavement was quake slumped & cracked with a quake flattened garage below.

Images, quake damaged Clifton Tce:


22.08.11. Quake collapsed garage, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Retaining wall repair after quake damage, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


Further up Clifton Tce, corner house tiles were shaken off a roof, a house retaining wall was quake broken, more damage to roadside garages...


22.08.11. Quake damaged house roof, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house roof, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake. Cave Rock & Scarborough beyond


22.08.11. Quake damaged garages, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


I drove along Kinsey Tce, edge of Clifton cliff top, to the small car park near the top of Mulgans Track. Kinsey Tce was badly quake damaged, no liquefaction seen, but lots of shaking & jolting damage to road, pavements & houses. One old, wooden house with red turret was split in two. When housing is built on top of a cliff, quakes & gravity destroys.

A sign at the top of Mulgans Track warned: 

DANGER
SLIP-ROCK FALL

Images, quake damaged Kinsey Tce:


22.08.11. Signs at Mulgans Track top, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11 Quake damaged housing, Kinsey Tce & views over Moncks Bay, Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Moncks Spur, Redcliffs, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Kinsey Tce, quake damaged, house view of Southshore Spit, post June 13 quake

Other houses had quake collapsed, retaining walls, crooked garages, cracked house walls & loose roof tiles. Several houses were red stickered. Some houses had USAR /TF C marks on walls or garage doors, showing USAR / TF had checked the property was Clear of human bodies, live or dead, soon after a quake.


22.08.11. Quake damaged Kinsey Tce view to Barnett Park & Mt Pleasant, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake broken retaining wall, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Roadside pump & temp metal bridge, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake tilted garages, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Red stickered, quake broken house & roof, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake


A roadside pump stood near the end of Kinsey Tce, a temporary, metal bridge covered a black plastic pipe across the road. Six months post Feb 22 quake, Kinsey Tce still had portaloos, so sewage pipes were still stuffed.


22.08.11. Quake rubble & portaloo, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Red stickered, quake damaged house, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake

Council red stickers on Kinsey Tce bldgs read:

DO NOT APPROACH OR ENTER THIS BUILDING

THIS BUILDING IS A DANGEROUS BUILDING UNDER SECTIONS 121 AND
124 OF THE BUILDING ACT 2004 (DUE TO RISK FROM ROCKFALL
AND / OR OTHER HAZARDS)

NO ENTRY IS PERMITTED

USING OR OCCUPYING THIS BUILDING IS AN OFFENCE PURSUANT TO
S 128 OF THE BUILDING ACT 2004...

Council green stickers on Kinsey Tce bldgs read:

ATTENTION
POWER HAS BEEN REMOVED...

Those green stickers weren't to be confused with Council green stickers allowing access to bldgs.

I'd seen many of those Council green & red stickers all over Christchurch.


22.08.11. Quake damaged garage, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Portaloo, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake

While I admired views over Moncks Bay, Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Redcliffs & beyond over smoggy Christchurch to snowy Alps, a 4.2 mag quake jolted me, shaking overhead power cables. I'd seen power cables dance in another quake too, months ago in Merivale. Geonet reported the quake: 8.38 am, 4.2 mag, 10 km depth, 10 km SE of Lyttelton.

After that aftershock, I walked very carefully along deserted Kinsey Tce. All the quake evidence I saw - broken housing, road cracks, retaining wall damage & lateral spreading - showed that cliff top housing was ready to tumble downhill & the hill was ready to slip into the Pacific.


22.08.11. Quake cracked pavement & driveway, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Quake damaged housing, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake. Scarborough backdrop



22.08.11. Quake damaged Kinsey Tce & Clifton Tce view of Sumner & Scarborough, post June 13 quake

Last Sat 20.08.11, at 7.31 pm, we'd had a 4.0 mag quake, depth 10 km, within 5 km of Christchurch (Geonet). So quakes were still going strong, nearly a year post Sept 4, mag 7.1 quake.

Wed 10.10.12. Quakes were going strong a year+ after that too: 11.51 am, 4.2 mag quake, 11 km depth, 15 km E of Christchurch (Geonet). Christchurch was the most active crustal quake zone on earth.

Images, quake damaged Clifton Tce:


22.08.11. USAR / TF NO GO sign on garage doors, Clifton Tce, Post June 13 quake

An USAR / TF team had spray-painted NO GO NO GO on 2 garage doors. Never mind reducing value to the home owner by spray-happy USAR / TF heroes. Graffiti would reduce the value of future salvage. I'd seen that wilful damage by USAR / TF teams all over Christchurch.

Later on from 2014, Luke would work for a salvage company & it was a crying shame how much excellent building material was demolished from housing & commercial bldgs, which went to waste, trucked straight to Burwood Dump, without any hope of salvage. Of course insurers had to cough up for the demolition waste. The company Luke worked for tried to save as much wood as possible, like kauri, mahogany, totara, rimu, matai... They would then resell the wood on Trade Me, or recycle it as furniture.


22.08.11. Quake damaged Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake



A little, old lady drove out of her quake cracked driveway, smiling & waving, no quake worries. I walked back along Kinsey Tce & up Clifton Tce a bit to Tuawera Tce: similar quake damage as Kinsey Tce - spectacular views, but worthless, as those beautiful Clifton houses were destroyed.

USAR / TF graffiti continued: NO GO on garage doors, C on house walls & garage doors. Front doors had Council red stickers & electricity-switched-off green stickers. I read the graffito carefully to see which USAR / TF team had checked out a house, as RT identified a Response Team & TF identified a Task Force, USAR team. Both TF & RT were trained in search & rescue.

Images, quake damaged Tuawera Tce:


22.08.11. Cnr Tuawera Tce / Clifton Tce view of Scarborough, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Rock fall & portaloo, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. C marked garage door, USAR / TF Clear mark, showing nobody home, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake mud slip below garage, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Rubbish bins & portaloo, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Response Team, pavement graffiti, Tuawera Tce, post Feb 22 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Quake damaged housing, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake






22.08.11. Quake damaged retaining wall, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Portaloo & USAR / TF C marked garage door, showing Clear, nobody home, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Tuawera Tce view of Avon-Heathcote Estuary, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Tuawera Tce view of Moncks Bay, Moncks Spur & Balmoral Hill, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Tuawera Tce view of Moncks Bay & Redcliffs, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged retaining wall, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Tuawera Tce portaloo & temp metal bridge, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. USAR / TF C marked garage door, Clear meant no bodies, Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake


Near the end of Tuawera Tce, I wandered up steps between houses to 2 concrete water reservoirs, where a jogger lady passed me, then upwards to Panorama Rd by Brownlee Reserve.


22.08.11. Steps above Tuawera Tce & view to Southshore Spit, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Clifton reservoir view of Southshore Spit, above Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake



Images, quake damaged Panorama Rd:

22.08.11. Quake cracked house, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Brownlee Reserve, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake

Three chatty ladies passed me up Panorama Rd, while I admired city, estuary, Pacific & Alpine views by a quake-stalled housing development. I snapped more quake damaged houses on my wander up Panorama Rd.


22.08.11. Panorama Rd view of Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Redcliffs, Christchurch & Southern Alps, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Panorama Rd view of Balmoral Hill above Redcliffs, Christchurch red zoned CBD & snowy Southern Alps, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Panorama Rd view of Redcliffs rock falls & Avon-Heathcote Estuary, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Portaloo, walkers & quake damaged housing, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Pavement, quake hole by letterboxes, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake




22.08.11. Rubbish bins & portaloo, Panorama Rd, post June 13 quake. Richmond Hill beyond trees

Corner Panorama Rd / Clifton Tce, I turned right along Revelation Rd, snapping more quake damaged houses. A postman walked past, smiling & lugging 2 post bags. Clifton roads were too steep for a postie bike.


22.08.11. Quake damaged housing, cnr Panorama Rd / Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Cnr Panorama Rd / Clifton Tce view of Richmond Hill, Scarborough & Pacific, post June 13 quake

Images, quake damaged Revelation Rd:

22.08.11. Revelation Rd view of snow speckled Richmond Hill, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Revelation Rd, post June 13 quake


Beyond Gethsemane Gdns, I wandered down Galilee Ln to the end, past more quake damaged houses, a broken road-retaining-wall, above another quake-stalled housing development, with views over Moncks Bay, Redcliffs & beyond.


22.08.11. Quake damaged house by Gethsemane Gdns, Revelation Rd, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Revelation Rd view of Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit, Pegasus Bay, post June 13 quake

Images, quake damaged Galilee Ln:


22.08.11. Quake damaged / repaired cnr Revelation Rd / Galilee Ln, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Postman & portaloo, Galilee Ln, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake broken retaining wall, Galilee Ln, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Galilee Ln view of Moncks Spur, Redcliffs, Balmoral Hill, Avon-Heathcote Estuary, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Galilee Ln view of Moncks Bay, Redcliffs, Avon-Heathcote Estuary, Southshore Spit, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Galilee Ln portaloo view of Christchurch & snowy Southern Alps, post June 13 quake

Who wanted to build or buy a Clifton hillside house which would shake down in the next quake? I expect all those posh Clifton houses would've reduced in value post quakes. All Clifton roads I walked had roadside portaloos, so Cliftonites were still in shit, 6 months post Feb 22 quake.

Images, quake damaged Clifton Tce:


22.08.11. Clifton Tce view of Richmond Hill & Scarborough, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake. Richmond Hill left


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


I returned to my car down Clifton Tce, with lovely views on my right across Richmond Hill, snow still speckling Port Hills, quake broken Sumner below, with views of Cave Rock, Sumner Beach, Scarborough & Pacific.


22.08.11. Quake damaged retaining wall & quake tilted, power pole, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Clifton Tce view of Sumner & Scarborough, quake damaged housing, post June 13 quake


22.08.11. Quake damaged house, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


The postman passed again, fittest man in Christchurch. More quake broken road & pavements, broken houses & portaloos on my way down.


22.08.11. Garage door USAR / TF C showed Clear no bodies, cnr Clifton Tce / Tuawera Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Clifton Tce view of quake split house, Kinsey Tce, post June 13 quake



22.08.11. Quake broken retaining wall, Clifton Tce, post June 13 quake


When I checked CERA's Landcheck website, all Clifton roads I'd walked were white zone, "mapping still underway," with home owners still in limbo about their land & homes, 6 months post deadly Feb 22 quake.

Coda: Sun 14.02.16. Valentines Day, 5.7 mag quake. Rock falls at Godley Head & Sumner's Richmond Hill & Peacocks Gallop.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

1 comment:

  1. Hi there

    I just flicked through most of your images today - 8 April '13. Will go back an have another look later. I live on Tuawera Tce.
    Re the 'C's that were on garage and house doors - they were put there one week after the Feb 22 2011 quake, when we were evacuated off the hill, due to someone thinking the cliffs were going to collapse. 'C' did indeed stand for Clear. They made sure everyone knew about the emergency and were going to get off the hill. Not everybody did. The chap that came to my door was in a panic, huge black irises in his eyes, screaming at me, standing about 3 feet away from me. There was no way he was going to let me go and turn off my generator - I just walked past him and did it anyway.

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