Sunday, December 25, 2011

Psychological Eh John? Parklands East Damages, 23.12.11 Quake Swarm

The Press 24.12.11, PM John Key: "What we can conclude is that the most significant damage from the earthquakes is really the psychological damage and the impact on the confidence of the people of Christchurch." That bullshit was reported a day after another Parklands liquefaction disaster, 23.12.11.

Maybe you're a mind reader Key. But I doubted you had any idea what was in my mind, nor my wife's mind, nor the minds of my sons & what caused our behaviours & impacted our confidence.

I doubted you knew what went on in the minds of other quake survivors too Key. The 1 000s of quakes we'd endured over the last 15 months Key were not psychological. The joltings, shakings, rumblings, liquefactions, damages were real Key. As real as wind blown, liquefaction grit in my hair & beard & the dirt on my bare feet, after I wandered ravaged riverside & swamp quakescapes Key.

Put on your jandals Key. Take a walk in Parklands. Feel the mud ooze through your toes. Smell shit in muddy streets, knee high in mud. Smell roses too if you dare. They're in shitty streets too. Look at citizens once more digging mud away from homes & tell them that's psychological. Physical insults over many months Key, but don't insult our intelligence with psychological crap.

Post June 13 quake, I wandered Parklands a bit & it was obvious many houses were built on beach sand. Despite post quake clean up, liquefaction remnants at Parklands post June 13 quake were brown & sandy, unlike the grey silt of CBD liquefaction. My wander then through Parklands convinced me never to buy property at Parklands.

Again, I wanted to see what had happened to Parklands, but soon post 23.12.11 quake swarm, before sanitized liquefaction damages, enabled authorities to spin, "What damage? It's just psychological damage."

Boxing Day, 26.12.11. Early morn I drove east along Queen Elizabeth 11 Dr. Further on, 10 kms from my Burnside home, along Travis Dr by Travis Wetland, I descended into swampland, liquefaction land through to the coast.

Parklands was close to the coast. I drove along once more liquefactioned Bower Ave past weedy EQC porta-cabin offices at QE11 Park entrance. I stopped to snap quake sink holes, roadside liquefaction flooding, liquefaction mud heaps & cracked mud on pavements.

Post June 13 quake, when I'd seen QE11 Park, the park & surrounding roads were a mass of sink holes & liquefaction mud.

I looked at 23.12.11 quake swarm, liquefaction damage, corner Bower Ave / Flemington Ave.

Images, quake damaged Bower Ave:


26.12.11. Bower Ave liquefaction damage, 23.12.11 quake swarm, nr Flemington Ave cnr


26.12.11. Flemington Ave liquefaction damage, 23.12.11 quake swarm

Due to heavy 23.12.11 liquefaction damage, Bower Ave traffic was detoured via Pinewood Ave & Beach Rd back to Bower Ave. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Bower Ave detour by Pinewood Ave, due to 23.12.11 quake swarm, liquefaction damage


26.12.11. Bower Ave liquefaction damage & sink hole, nr Beach Rd, 23.12.11 quake swarm






Many quake cracks & sink holes I saw in Parklands that morn were 1-2 metres deep, grave size, or bigger. Many liquefaction heaps were higher than cars. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Bower Ave flooding & liquefaction damage, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Bower Ave sink hole & liquefaction damage, 23.12.11 quake swarm





The Dec 23 quake liquefaction looked as bad as the June 13 quake liquefaction I'd seen. I parked my car, corner Bower Ave / Queenspark Dr, by Waimari Beach Golf Club, liquefactioned gate & muddy golf course. Relatives who lived on Queenspark Dr told us the Dec 23 quake swarm had violently shaken their house & threw items around in their home. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefactioned car park entrance, Waimairi Beach Golf Club, Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Bower Ave liquefaction damage, nr Queenspark Dr cnr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


I wanted to wander a figure 8 route along liquefactioned Parklands roads. I wandered Bower Ave towards Bottle Lake Forest Park. Along the way, I snapped mud heaps, quake sink holes, quake cracked road & pavements. Uncleared liquefaction mud was knee high in places. Farm Ln was mud. Rue De La Mare was Rue De La Merde. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Farm Ln, 23.12.11 quake swarm



26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Rue De La Mare, 23.12.11 quake swarm



26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Bower Ave, nr Rue De La Mare, 23.12.11 quake swarm


There were early morn joggers, walkers & a few early mud shovellers & barrow bods. No sign of vaunted, Student Volunteer Army diggers, nor Farmy Army volunteer diggers, as in other quakes. Too early for mechanical diggers to work. Maybe not on Boxing Day? A couple of sucker trucks rumbled by, slurping shekels, again. A water tanker drove past, laying liquefaction dust. Crofts Ln was brown mud. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Crofts Ln, 23.12.11 quake swarm



26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Forest Park Estate, Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm






Forest Park Estate housing I wandered past that morn was deeply liquefactioned on Bower Ave. At one section only half the road was mud cleared, the other side lumpy, with flattened mud. Pavements were covered in drying mud, driveways covered in mud, some cleared, some still being cleared. Roads off Bower Ave were deeply liquefactioned too. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Forest Park Estate, Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm















Near the end of Bower Ave I chatted to a tall, grey-haired man, who'd dug mud away from his garden, driveway & verge on Xmas Day. His garden was immaculate. Muddy desolation all around, knee-high mud on the road. He inquired about where I lived & why I was snapping pics?

I said, "My wife's Scottish cousin, in Nairn, told us there was no news about the Dec 23 quake swarm in UK. Because there were no deaths, there was no international news. I'm taking blog pics to show her what's really happening. Despite mud, gardens are beautiful, filled with flowers."

He pointed to his neighbour's rose garden. In the road was a muddy sink hole, filled with water & scum. "Best of luck to you," I wished & wandered on. Psychological eh John?



26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Forest Park Estate, nr Broadhaven Reserve & Bottle Lake Forest Park, Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


Broadhaven Ave, near Broadhaven Reserve, was just as bad, liquefaction mud, partly cleared, quake sink holes & some people digging mud. Roads off Broadhaven Ave were deeply liquefactioned too, but mud lessened the further I wandered westwards, away from the coast. Psychological eh John?

Images, quake damaged Broadhaven Ave:


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Broadhaven Ave, nr Broadhaven Reserve, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Broadhaven Ave, seen from Bower Ave junction, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage & plastic sewage tank, Broadhaven Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Sink hole & liquefaction damage, Broadhaven Ave, looking towards Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Broadhaven Ave by Broadhaven Reserve, 23.12.11 quake swarm







A lost contractor driving a SUV asked for directions to QE11 Park. As he was way out, I hopped into his SUV & put him in the right direction at liquefactioned corner Broadhaven Ave / Inwoods Rd. I thought if a CERA contractor couldn't find his way to massively liquefactioned & sink holed QE11 Park, his contractor damages would've been psychological eh John?

Images, quake damaged Inwoods Rd:


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Broadhaven Ave, nr Inwoods Rd junction, 23.12.11 quake swarm



Inwoods Rd, roughly parallel to Bower Ave, with many liquefactioned roads in between, was relatively un-muddy, like Arosa Pl & Bottle Lake Dr, which I'd muddily trudged post June 13 quake.


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Broadhaven Ave / Inwoods Rd, 23.12.11 quake swarm



26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Inwoods Rd, 23.12.11 quake swarm




26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Inwoods Rd / Arosa Pl, 23.12.11 quake swarm




Images, quake damaged Queenspark Dr:

26.12.11. Plastic sewage tank, cnr Inwoods Rd / Queenspark Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Serial quake shaken, but not liquefactioned, Queenspark Dr housing, 23.12.11 quake swarm

Along Queenspark Dr to Bower Ave again, there was little liquefaction mud up to the shopping centre. Before the shopping centre, in Parklands Reserve car park, a leaky water tanker was parked, with a pipe going to 6 taps. Two signs read:

WATER MUST BE
BOILED BEFORE
          USE

Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Post quake water tanker, Parklands Reserve, Queenspark Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm



26.12.11. Supermarket & liquefaction damage, Queenspark Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Library & liquefaction damage, Queenspark Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Queenspark Dr, nr shops, 23.12.11 quake swarm




The shopping centre & Council library were liquefactioned. Closer to Bower Ave again, there was massive liquefaction. Lamorna Rd was muddy. Down Hurst Pl was a huge pile of liquefaction mud. Near Bower Ave, a Land Rover was stuck in roadside mud. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Lamorna Rd / Queenspark Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Queenspark Dr, between Lamorna Rd & Hurst Pl, 23.12.11 quake swarm





26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Queenspark Dr / Hurst Pl, 23.12.11 quake swarm




26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Queenspark Dr, between Hurst Pl & Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm










I drove up liquefactioned Bower Ave & along liquefactioned Broadhaven Ave, where I'd just wandered & parked by Forest Dr. I wanted to see more Parklands damage, and complete a smaller circuit of my figure 8 walk.


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Queenspark Dr / Bower Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm



Images, quake damaged Broadhaven Ave:

26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Broadhaven Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Quake crack & liquefaction damage, Bower Ave, nr Boadhaven Ave cnr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Broadhaven Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction, sink hole damage, cnr Broadhaven Ave / Bottle Lake Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm

Forest Dr was as liquefactioned as Bower Ave: watery, muddy sink holes, muddy roadsides & pavements & part cleared road & driveways. Liquefaction was bad at Courtfield Cl junction & down Courtfield Cl. The area was yuppy land, as some precious men wore gloves while digging, not used to spade work. I reckoned they were ripped off by Forest Park Estate developers. Psychological eh John?

Parklands citizens deserved credit for road cone decorations, two months before it was fashionable to decorate road cones with flowers as a memorial for 185 quake dead during the 22.02.11 quake. On several road cones that morn, I saw Xmas tinsel & decorations on road cones, lightening grey liquefaction mud. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Broadhaven Ave / Forest Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm



Images, quake damaged Forest Dr:

26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Forest Dr, 23.12.11 quake swarm





26.12.11. Liquefactioned Broadhaven Reserve, seen from cnr Forest Dr / Courtfield Cl, 23.12.11 quake swarm. Bottle Lake Forest Park beyond


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Forest Dr / Courtfield Cl, 23.12.11 quake swarm



26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Forest Dr, between Courtfield Cl & Monterey Pl, 23.12.11 quake swarm







I wandered muddy quakescape past Broadhaven Park, past muddy, sink holed Monterey Pl, to Anglesea Ave & back, past Innwoods Rd, Inwoods Cl & a repeat bit of muddy Broadhaven Ave, past a house demolition site, to my muddy car. Psychological eh John?


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Forest Dr / Monterey Pl, 23.12.11 quake swarm





26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, Forest Dr, between Monterey Pl & Anglesea Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm



Images, quake damaged Broadhaven Ave:

26.12.11. Plastic sewage tank, Broadhaven Ave, nr Inwoods Cl, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Inwoods Cl / Broadhaven Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. House demolition site, Broadhaven Ave, nr Inwoods Cl, 23.12.11 quake swarm

I drove home via muddy Bower Ave again, past a parked fire engine & firemen talking to a distressed woman, worried about a water-filled sink hole outside her quake trashed home. Psychological eh John?

Images, quake damaged Bower Ave:


26.12.11. Fire engine & liquefaction damage, Bower Ave, nr Broadhaven Ave cnr, 23.12.11 quake swarm


26.12.11. Liquefaction damage, cnr Bower Ave / Broadhaven Ave, 23.12.11 quake swarm. Broadhaven Reserve & Bottle Lake Forest Park beyond

In October before the 23.12.11 quake swarm, CERA designated Parklands roads I wandered, to be green zone & repaired housing would need TC3 foundations, meaning the quake damaged land was liquefaction prone, requiring stronger foundations & continued fat rates, for Council of course.

Gotta ask why Parklands sandy swampland was developed in the first place? University & tech studies & Council consents were way behind quake reality, their ignorance & omissions fed developers' greed.

On CERA Landcheck website, I looked up specific Parklands roads: Forest Dr, Courtfield Cl, Monterey Pl, Bower Ave, Broadhaven Ave. As they were all green zoned by geotech engineers, Tonkin & Taylor, that didn't say much for engineers' quake expertise, insight & judgement, despite their long & deep slurping in the taxpayer funded, CERA trough. Psychological eh John?

Back to Burnside, I drove along Frosts Rd, by Travis Wetland, past another QE11 gate, quake flooded, which was quake flooded since the Feb 22 quake. Travis Wetland was claiming its own across Frosts Rd & into quake trashed QE11 Park. Psychological eh John?

24.12.11. The Press headline: "New quakes vindicate land decisions Brownlee."

That misinformation by minister of earthquake recovery Brownlee was psychotic eh John?

Parklands was zoned green by CERA & dug itself out of liquefaction mud after 3 quakes & that vindicated govt land decisions? Take a closer look at Parklands liquefaction Key. Take Brownlee along too. Why no Parklands red zoning Key?

Official response to the 23.12.11 Parklands disaster was a disgrace. Just bullshit:

PM Key & minister of quake recovery Brownlee smirked & doled out misinformation.  Brownlee was on holiday & returned to Christchurch soon after the disaster. Mayor Parker & his CEO Marryatt were on holidays too. (I doubted many disaster residents had money to go on holidays).

Mayor Parker returned from his holiday in Taupo & mouthed inanities on 23.12.11 TV, as facile as deputy mayor Button had done hours ago on TV. Council CEO Marryatt on holiday in Queensland didn't bother to return, despite public fury at his recently announced exorbitant salary increase.

Marryatt's Council minions did some silt digging & piling of silt on roadsides, on 24.12.11, the day after Parklands disaster. Xmas Day & Boxing Day, no digging. Marryatt's disaster management was a disgrace.

Authorities didn't get it that quakes didn't take human holidays. Over Xmas Day & Boxing Day official responses to Parklands disaster were frozen. Nothing went on at Parklands.

On Fri 23.12.11, CERA boss Sutton flew in a helicopter over 23.12.11 disaster areas & said on TV that he'd seen Parklands on Fri & it was bad. Brownlee stood behind him on TV, smirking, silent.

On Xmas afternoon, after dropping off Luke & his girlfriend at New Brighton, Leah & I did a recce of Parklands. I drove some of the roads I walked the next day, Boxing Day. We saw no Council workers, nor CERA contractors in Hi Vis vests digging mud on Xmas Day.

On Boxing day, when I walked around for about 3 hours, 8-11 am, all I saw was one water tanker spraying water on Bower Ave by Forest Park Estate. A couple of mechanical diggers were parked on mud there too. There were no Council workers, nor CERA contractors in Hi Vis vests removing silt wherever I walked on Boxing day morn. Just local residents, abandoned to get on with it.

As for geologists, seismologists & Civil Defence, it was time they got proactive, with tsunami warnings & procedures. Over the last 15 months, quakes had moved from west to east from Canterbury Plains across Christchurch & Port Hills & were presently active in Pegasus Bay. God help coastal residents when the big fault near Kaiapoi in Pegasus Bay fractured. Psychological eh John?

Coda: Sun 14.02.16. Valentines Day, 5.7 mag quake. Liquefaction damage, sink holes & sewage leaks at Bower Ave, Broadhaven Ave, Hurst Pl, Courtfield Cl & Linkwater Way. Psychological eh John?

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Damage from quakes psychological - PM (The Press / Stuff Co).


See Flooded Christchurch area can't be fixed - expert (The Press / Stuff Co).



See Parklands zoning right, engineer says - Tonkin & Taylor engineer (The Press / Stuff Co).

2 comments:

  1. Responded to an email from a Bower Ave resident, living briefly in Australia, concerned about her property, currently green / blue zoned, awaiting demolition & rebuild.

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  2. Not forgetting the in fighting between Insurance companies and EQC. EQC argue they can repair when the Insurance companies have their own professional inspection and say its a rebuild. EQC came to my home, used a small spirit level to check the whole house was level! they never once lifted the carpets to look at the huge cracks in the floor(as they were not allowed to) That's like buying a car with a cracked chassis!

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