Friday, May 18, 2012

Ghastly Gaps, Christchurch CBD Quaked


Fri 18.05.12. Although CERA minister, Brownlee announced the long awaited green zoning of 42 Port Hills properties, 1679 were still white zoned. More waiting.


Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq & Gloucester St:


19.05.12. Cnr Latimer Sq / Gloucester St, view of CBD red zone demolition sites, some high rises still to be demolished



19.05.12. Latimer Sq view of quake demolition site below quake closed Newstalk ZB, awaiting implosion 01.08.12



19.05.12. Gloucester St red zone, quake demolition site view of Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel)


19.05.12. Gloucester St view of quake demolition site & abandoned red zone bldgs beyond Worcester St

Images, quake damaged Manchester St / Gloucester St corners:


19.05.12. Cnr Gloucester St / Manchester St, view of quake demolition site & abandoned Newstalk ZB, awaiting implosion 01.08.12


19.05.12. Cnr Gloucester St / Manchester St view of quake demolition site & red zone abandoned bldgs beyond Worcester St


19.05.12. Cnr Gloucester St / Manchester St, NW view of quake demolition site & red zone, abandoned bldgs. PWC high rise, demolition in progress left. BNZ awaiting demolition behind right


19.05.12. Red zone, abandoned car park, cnr Gloucester St / Manchester St





19.05.12. Quake smashed, car park windows, cnr Manchester St / Gloucester St



19.05.12. Red zone, abandoned, Orion utility bldg, awaiting demolition, Manchester St



19.05.12. Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing, N view along Manchester St red zone

 


19.05.12. Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing, view of quake demolition site & red zone abandoned YHA bldg


 

19.05.12. Manchester St / Gloucester St crossing, view of pissoir, quake demolition site & Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel)


19.05.12. Photo call, Manchester St / Gloucester St crossing. Backdrop: quake demolition sites & red zone, abandoned bldgs beyond Worcestor St

CERA zonings: After waiting many months, Southshore estuary-side, residential properties were red zoned & Southshore dune-side, residential properties were zoned green-blue, TC3. Luke's girl friend lived by South New Brighton School near those zonings, which would cause heartache & hassles for many. How on earth did Tonkin & Taylor / CERA deem one side of a road red zone & the other side green zone? Something stank!

It looked like NZ govt / CERA red zoned, best land along Avon River & Avon River / Heathcote Estuary to boot our citizens with cheap 2007 Govt Valuation offers, then waited a few years before re-developing the so-called, red zone land for resale at great profit. Never mind citizens' land rights ignored by NZ Govt / CERA.

And who / what was checking on NZ govt / CERA  appointed Tonkin & Taylor engineering firm, responsible for all the land zonings? If Tonkin & Taylor deemed land red zoned, then NZ govt / CERA land grabbed be means of 2 specious CERA offers & land owners were booted out of their properties by govt decree. Initially the excuse for NZ govt's / CERA's red zone, land grab was that quakes had caused land to drop & quake damaged land & infrastructure was too expensive to repair.

By 2016 NZ govt / CERA formed another excuse for Tonkin & Taylor's red zoned land, implying that global warming & sea level rise also deemed red zoned land unfeasible for repairs. What a crock! During my 6 decades of life, so far, I hadn't felt any increase in temperatures, nor seen any sea level rise in Africa nor NZ.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


19.05.12. Red zone, quake closed, Sampan House, Gloucester St



19.05.12. Red zone, quake closed, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) Gloucester St. Pacific Tower was restored



19.05.12. Red zone, quake closed, Cathedral Junction, Gloucester St. Cathedral Junction was restored

 
 





19.05.12. Red zone, quake cracked, W wall, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) Gloucester St. Pacific Tower was restored


According to the Weekend Press, 19-20.05.12, CERA had concocted 7 256 residential red zone properties, so far, meaning 1 000s of families were forced to leave & restart their lives elsewhere. Like Scottish Highland Clearances. Already ghastly gaps were appearing in residential red zone areas where CERA demolitions happened.


19.05.12. Abandoned photocopy machine, red zone, quake abandoned, Antiques shop, Gloucester St


19.05.12. Red zone, quake demolition site, Gloucester St. PWC high rise beyond, demolition in progress


 


After more liquefactions in Parkland East by Xmas quakes, 2011, CERA minister Brownlee crushed hopes for a rezoning to red zone, when green-blue TC3 zoners in Parklands East stayed green-blue TC3.

Green-blue TC3 zoners being rezoned red zone would've enabled them to either accept a Crown offer for their red zone property, or negotiate rebuild or repair with insurers, a relatively quick solution for red zoners to rebuild their quake trashed lives. Instead Brownlee doomed 28 000 TC3 green zoners to limbo-land, awaiting EQC & insurer delays for years.

Any houses rebuilt on TC3 land would need strengthened, quake proof foundations, at huge cost. Insurers didn't want to insure TC3 properties, as their liquefaction prone land was crap, requiring stronger house foundations, which hadn't even been designed yet by geotech engineers. Geotech engineers were actually responsible for red zoning & blue-green TC3 zoning in the first place, thus TC3 green zonings gave engineers expedient design work for life. A conflict of interest.

By concocting residential TC3 green zonings, CERA, Brownlee & geotech engineers created a state of uncertainty for 28 000 TC3 green zoners. Who wanted to buy a TC3 green zone house?

After New Year honours were announced EQC website crowed, 18.01.13: "Four Tonkin and Taylor geotech engineers have been recognized in the New Year honours for their work with the government and EQC and commitment to communities following Canterbury earthquakes."

I bet no TC3 green zoners cheered those expedient awards, as they'd been screwed by NZ govt / CERA, insurers & geotech engineers.


19.05.12. Red zone, abandoned shops, Gloucester St, bordering a demolition site


Parklands East had 3 liquefactions in Feb 22, June 13 & Xmas 2011 quakes & stayed green blue TC3, yet Brooklands was liquefactioned once in the Sept 4 quake & was red zone wiped out. Looked like CERA expedience, as there wasn't enough NZ govt money to buy out 28 000 TC3 green zone houses, converted to red zone houses. At least red zoners could cash up from a NZ govt / CERA buy out, or insurer pay out & get on with new lives. TC3 green zoners had to go through huge expense strengthening their house foundations before resale. And engineers didn't know what quake strong foundations to construct on TC3 green zone land yet!


19.05.12. Red zone, quake closed shops, cnr Gloucester St / New Regent St, awaiting restoration






 

19.05.12. Gloucester St view of red zone, quake closed shops, New Regent St, awaiting restoration. PWC high rise left being demolished, BNZ right awaiting demolition













Parklands East & Southshore green-blue TC3s were doomed to slow decline - land & house repairs, battles with insurers & rebuilders, lowered equity, poor resales & the threat of more liquefactions on liquefaction crapped land. While speculators licked their paws, wanting to buy cheap, fix & charge inflated rents. (The Press 21.05.12)


19.05.12. The Press, post Feb 22 quake rebuild, Gloucester St

 
 

 

Sat 19.05.12. After hogging the red zone CBD for more than a year, CERA opened another quake & demolition dusty niche in the CBD - from Latimer Sq, W along Gloucester St, past Manchester St crossing, past a ghastly gap demolition site, with parked digger & reinforcement steel, twisted like spaghetti, past wall-cracked Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) past Cathedral Junction & red zone fenced New Regent St, awaiting restoration, past The Press rebuild, opposite Isaac Theatre Royal, covered in restoration scaffolding, where the red zone cordon fence stopped access to the CBD.

Along the way, demolition, ghastly gaps bordered Latimer Sq, Manchester St & Gloucester St, the latter dividing the CBD red zone into N & S red zones.



19.05.12. Scaffolded Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, E view along red zone Gloucester St


19.05.12. Post quake, scaffolded, Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, Gloucester St


19.05.12. Scaffolded, post quake Isaac Theatre Royal restoration, Gloucester St. PWC high rise behind, demolition in progress






All CBD bldgs I saw that afternoon were abandoned since the Feb 22 quake, 15 month ago. CERA had slowly loosened its grip on the CBD, red zone cordon, while bldgs rotted. All for public safety of course.
 
Meanwhile councillors, hard hatted contractors, cops, NZDF soldiers, some celebrities, clerics & media photographers were allowed by CERA into the red zone CBD. The public were given brief bus tours from Cranmer Sq into the CBD & a couple of protected walks from Cashel Mall to see ruined Christchurch Cathedral. Otherwise citizens were banned from the red zone CBD for 28 months post 22,02.11 quake.


19.05.12. Gloucester St, NW view of red zone high rises, Forsyth Barr left, PWC right, demolition in progress. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel


19.05.12. Gloucester St, quake demolition site view of abandoned Forsyth Barr, which was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel


Nor'westwards in the red zone, quake doomed Forsyth Barr, PWC & other high rises stood amongst more demolition, ghastly gaps. PWC was demolished. Forsyth Barr was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel.


19.05.12. Gloucester St W view of red zone, demolition site & quake closed bldgs: Farmers right awaited demolition. Camelot Hotel left was demolished to make way for the new Central Library. All bldgs in the pic were demolished







19.05.12. Gloucester St view of red zone Novotel being restored



19.05.12. Gloucester St view of red zone, quake damaged, concrete stairs, Novotel

Cars could drive W down Gloucester St to the ghastly gap between The Press bldg & red zone, cordon fenced Novotel, which was being restored. The ghastly gap extended S from Gloucester St to Worcester St, on The Press demolition site, Warners Hotel demolition site & other demolition sites on the N side of Cathedral Sq.
 

19.05.12. Gloucester St demolition site S view of abandoned bldgs in red zone beyond Worcester St - Government Departmental Building / Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel


19.05.12. Gloucester St demolition site SW view of red zone, abandoned bldgs: Worcester St left & middle, Novotel right being restored


19.05.12. The Press / Warners Hotel, demolition site W view of quake ruined, Christchurch Cathedral left & abandoned high rises, Cathedral Sq. High rises, Clarendon Tower, Grant Thornton & Government Life were demolished


19.05.12. The Press / Warners Hotel, demolition site W view of demolition doomed, red zone Clarendon Tower left, Grant Thornton middle, Government Life right, Cathedral Sq



19.02.12. The Press / Warners Hotel demolition site W view of red zone, quake ruined, Christchurch Cathedral left & abandoned high rises, Cathedral Sq. Clarendon Tower, Grant Thornton, Government Life were demolished. Novotel right was restored





19.05.12. The Press / Warners Hotel demolition site NW view of red zone, Novotel left being restored. Abandoned Forsyth Barr right was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel




From the ghastly gap I saw the back of ruined Christchurch Cathedral, all sorry apse, chancel, transept, crumbling buttresses & boarded windows. Around Cathedral Sq, Clarendon Tower, Grant Thornton bldg & Government Life (Christchurch's ugliest bldg) were demolition doomed. CERA was demolishing & burying 1 000s of buildings.

While bldgs were demolished around Cathedral Sq, other CBD high rises awaited demolitions too. Heritage fanatics squealed about saving serial quake-ruined Christchurch Cathedral. 

Images, quake damaged Cathedral Sq:


19.05.12. The Press demolition site, SW view of quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral, Cathedral Sq. Clarendon Tower awaited demolition beyond





19.05.12. Cathedral Sq W view of serial quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral. Abandoned Grant Thornton & Government Life awaited demolitions beyond



So far, few bldgs were being rebuilt by CERA. Constructions going up were Council & insurer responsibilities.

Late 2013, NZ govt / CERA appointed a Crown manager to speed up Council's consents process. ECAN was already usurped by NZ govt appointed commissioners to over extract Canterbury waters & pollute Canterbury waters with cattle shit, over fertilization & fracking.

CERA minister Brownlee, CERA Boss Sutton & Isaacs, new boss of the CBD rebuild Blueprint, sometimes wore hard hats & Hi Vis vests over their suits during photo shoots. None were photogenic & looked like fools when over-dressed in Hi Vis vests & hard hats. Brownlee & Isaacs were fat, Sutton was skinny with long, blonde, curly hair. Their physical appearances & top-down announcements didn't give me confidence in their abilities to lead Christchurch quake recovery.


19.05.12. The Press demolition site SW view of abandoned Millennium Hotel left, quake ruined, Christchurch Cathedral middle & high rises Clarendon Tower & Grant Thornton right awaiting demolitions, Cathedral Sq

Images, quake damaged Worcester St, E of Cathedral Sq:


19.05.12. The Press demolition site SW view of abandoned Heritage Hotel & Millennium Hotel, Cathedral Sq


19.05.12. The Press demolition site view of abandoned Government Departmental Buildings left, Worcester St, Heritage Hotel middle & Millennium Hotel right, Cathedral Sq

 


19.05.12. Red zone, Government Departmental Buildings, part of Heritage Hotel being restored, Worcester St





19.05.12. Red zone, Cathedral Junction left being restored. Abandoned Design & Arts college right, Worcester St. Next door Government Departmental Buildings being restored

In the red zone, Cathedral Junction, Worcester St & opposite Government Departmental Buildings, with rusticated stonework looked OK, Both were restored. Likewise, Heritage Hotel attached to Government Departmental Building was restored. Next door Millennium Hotel was abandoned in the red zone, Cathedral Sq. Next door, asbestos riddled BNZ was demolition doomed.


19.05.12. The Press demolition site NW view of red zone, Novotel left being restored & back of The Press rebuild, Gloucester St


19.05.12. The Press demolition site view of quake smashed windows, Cathedral Junction W wall, Worcester St



19.05.12. The Press demolition site, E view of The Press rebuild left, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) middle & Cathedral Junction right both being restored


19.05.12. The Press demolition site view of back of The Press rebuild

The ghastly gap, red zone fence, stopped me wandering E along Worcester St from Cathedral Sq, so I returned along Gloucester St to Manchester St crossing. S, I wandered past ghastly gaps on Manchester St corners, with a view of serial quake trashed, The Octagon on Manchester St / Worcester St crossing & boarded, abandoned Design & Arts College next door.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St & Worcester St, E of Cathedral Sq:


19.05.12. Gloucester St demolition site S view of red zone, abandoned bldgs, Worcester St. Design & Arts College left, Government Departmental Buildings & Millennium Hotel Middle, Cathedral Junction right


19.05.12. Gloucester St demolition site S view of red zone, abandoned bldgs, Worcester St: The Octagon left, Design & Arts College middle, Government Departmental Buildings right



19.05.12. Serial quake trashed, abandoned, The Octagon, tower gone, red zone, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St



19.05.12. Serial quake trashed, abandoned Design & Arts College, red zone, Worcester St


19.05.12. Red zone, abandoned bldgs, Worcester St: Design & Arts College left, Government Departmental Buildings middle. Millennium Hotel right, Cathedral Sq


On Manchester St, I snapped 4 quake survivor shops, abandoned & besmirched by USAR / TF graffiti. The shops were demolished.

Next to another demolition site, Westende House was rebuilt on Sept 4 quake, Ground Zero, corner Manchester St / Worcester St. In 2015 CERA demolished new Westende House for Manchester St widening. What a waste!
 
Images, quake damaged Manchester St:


19.05.12. Abandoned, red zone shops, Manchester St. The shops & Newstalk ZB behind were demolished






19.05.12. Sept 4 quake, Ground Zero, Westende House rebuild, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St. Newstalk ZB behind, awaited 01.08.12 implosion. 2015. Westende House rebuild was demolished by CERA for Manchester St widening


19.05.12. Cnr demolition site, S view of opp cnr demolition site, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St. Abandoned Torrens House left was demolished in 2013


19.05.12. Cnr Manchester St / Worcester St demolition site view of red zone, abandoned Worcester St bldgs: The Octagon left, Design & Arts College middle, Government Departmental Buildings right. Millennium Hotel, Cathedral Sq, right behind


Opposite Ground Zero, across Worcester St, behind the red zone fence another ghastly gap went to Rockshop, quake survivor on Manchester St. While Rockshop was red zone, cordoned for 15 months in the CBD, since the Feb 22 quake, it had relocated to Shands Rd, Hornby. Rockshop was demolished in the red zone.

Diagonally opposite Ground Zero corner, stood serial quake trashed, The Octagon, stone tower gone. Next door, Design & Arts College looked dangerous - cracked concrete pillars both sides of the front door. W down Worcester St, Government Departmental Buildings & Cathedral Junction bldgs were red zone, cordoned since the Feb 22 quake. Both would be restored.

Images, quake damaged Worcester St:


19.05.12. Red zone, abandoned, The Octagon left, Design & Arts College right, Worcester St


19.05.12. Red zone, quake abandoned, The Octagon, tower gone, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St




19.05.12. Sept 4 quake, fire razed bldg / demolition site S view of red zone, abandoned, Design & Arts College, Worcester St




19.05.12. Cnr Worcester St / Manchester St demolition site view of red zone, Government Departmental Buildings left, Cathedral Junction right, Worcester St


N opposite Design & Arts College, a ghastly gap extended back to Gloucester St, where a bldg had burned in the Sept 4 quake.


19.05.12. Worcester St, red zone, NE view of quake & demolition trashed, Gloucester St / Manchester St crossing. Abandoned car park garage & Orion beyond right

As the red zone, cordon fence curved across Worcester St / Manchester St crossing, I wandered E along Worcester St, past ruined Octagon Restaurant, past Ground Zero, Westende rebuild & looked back at Christchurch Cathedral ruin & ghastly gaps off Worcester St / Manchester St crossing.


19.05.12. Serial quake trashed, red zone, The Octagon, cnr Manchester St / Worcester St  


19.05.12. Sept 4 quake, Ground Zero, Westende rebuild, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St



19.05.12. Worcester St / Manchester St crossing, W view of red zone, Worcester St: Government Departmental Buildings left, quake ruined Christchurch Cathedral middle, Cathedral Junction right






 


19.05.12. Worcester St / Manchester St crossing view of red zone, abandoned, The Octagon. Design & Arts College behind




19.05.12. Worcester St W view into the quake dead, red zone: Abandoned The Octagon & Design & Arts College left, quake ruined Christchurch Cathedral middle, Cathedral Junction & Ground Zero, Westende rebuild, cnr Worcester St / Manchester St right


19.05.12. Worcester St view across red zone demolition sites to red zone bldgs beyond Hereford St. Holiday Inn & Westpac were demolished. Red zone, The Octagon right, Design & Arts College, right behind, Worcester St




19.05.12. Worcester St view across red zone demolition site to Hereford St, red zone, dead bldgs. Westpac high rise being demolished middle. Holiday Inn high rise awaited demolition left


Wandering to Latimer Sq, beside red zone, cordon fencing, I passed a ghastly gap to Hereford St, Westpac high rise demolition in progress was in the red zone. Next to it, Holiday Inn high rise awaited demolition. Behind abandoned Torrens House I passed a protected tree, which survived high rises & old, masonry bldgs in serial quakes. Torrens House was demolished in 2013.


19.05.12. Worcester St S view across a quake demolition site to Hereford St, red zone, abandoned bldgs. Torrrens House left was demolished in 2013


19.05.12. Worcester St SW view of a quake survivor, heritage tree, demolition site to Hereford St & red zone, abandoned bldgs. Torrens House left was demolished in 2013

I passed another ghastly gap to Gloucester St, a parked crane below quake-closed, Newstalk ZB high rise, behind a red zone, cordon fence, window glass being removed from Newstalk ZB by workmen, salvaging everything they could before the 01.08.12 implosion.


19.05.12. Worcester St view across a demolition site to Gloucester St & red zone, quake closed, high rises: Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left, PWC & BNZ to be demolished middle, car park garage right




19.05.12. Red zone, Newstalk ZB, awaiting 01.08.12 implosion, surrounded by quake demolition sites, Worcester St. Latimer Sq right






Opposite stood The Christchurch Club, abandoned, with boarded windows, oak leaves strewn by locked gates & side wall demolished & papered over. A bronze plaque on the pavement quoted Samuel Butler, 1835-1902:

All animals except man,
know that the principal
business of life is to enjoy it.

The Christchurch Club relocated to The George, Park Tce.


19.05.12. The Christchurch Club car park, red zone closed, Worcester St. Torrens House beyond was demolished in 2013



19.05.12. Serial quake trashed, The Christchurch Club, red zone abandoned, Worcester St







19.05.12. Quake closed, Health Clinic, next to Newstalk ZB, awaiting 01.08.12 implosion, Worcester St


19.05.12. Quake fallen, ceiling panels, Health Clinic, Worcester St


19.05.12. USAR / TF graffiti & yellow stickers, abandoned Health Clinic, Worcester St




19.05.12. Quake trashed office, Health Clinic, Worcester St





Opposite The Christchurch Club stood an abandoned Health Clinic, ceiling panels & quake trashed office items strewn on office floors. Next door Frenz Backpackers & the Bicycle Thief were fence cordoned & abandoned.


19.05.12. Red zone, abandoned, Frenz Backpackers & the Bicycle Thief, cnr Worcester St / Latimer Sq





19.05.12. Worcester St E view of red zone, cordon fence bordering Latimer Sq


19.05.12. Latimer Sq W view along red zone, Worcester St, to quake trashed Christchurch Cathedral middle


19.05.12. Serial quake trashed, abandoned, The Christchurch Club, cnr Latimer Sq / Worcester St


Red zone, corner Worcester St / Latimer Sq: the Bicycle Thief was serial quake damaged, abandoned. Next door, abandoned Morley House stood beside another ghastly gap going to Gloucester St.


19.05.12. Red zone, serial quake trashed, the Bicycle Thief, cnr Worcester St / Latimer Sq



Images, quake damaged Latimer Sq:


10.05.12. Latimer Sq W view of serial quake trashed, boarded, abandoned Morley House, next to a demolition site. Newstalk ZB behind, awaited 01.08.12 implosion




19.05.12. Latimer Sq W view of red zone, abandoned, Morley House left, Newstalk ZB, awaited 01.08.12 implosion middle, Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) right


19.05.12 Latimer Sq view of demolition site, cnr Latimer Sq / Gloucester St. High rises behind: Pacific Tower (Rendezvous Hotel) left being restored, Forsyth Barr middle was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC right was demolished


19.05.12. Latimer Sq NW view of red zone, demolition sites beside Gloucester St


19.05.12. Latimer Sq N view of demolition site next to red zone, abandoned, Platinumsport, awaiting demolition, Gloucester St


By Latimer Sq, ghastly-gapped, northbound Madras St was buzzing with traffic. Corner Gloucester St / Madras St, Platinumsport bldg, awaiting demolition, was fence cordon abandoned, next to a demolition site, with Securities House demolition site the other side. On the opposite corner was another ghastly gap where Charlie B's Backpackers once stood.

The area between Madras St & Manchester St would become CCDU's Blueprinted, Green Frame, from Oxford Tce in the N to Tuam St in the S, a vast land-grab of Christchurch CBD by NZ govt.


19.05.12. Latimer Sq NW view of demolition sites beside Gloucester St & red zone bldgs. Forsyth Barr high rise left was restored as Crowne Plaza Hotel. PWC middle awaited demolition


19.05.12. Latimer Sq NE view of demolition sites on Gloucester St / Madras St cnrs: Securities House demolition site left & Charlie B's Backpackers right



19.05.12. S view across Latimer Sq to red zone, Hereford St


19.05.12. Latimer Sq N view across Gloucester St / Madras St junction, to northbound Madras St, quake demolition sites left


19.05.12. Quake demolition site, Latimer Sq / Gloucester St junction

My car was parked by Latimer Hotel rebuild site on Gloucester St. Opposite was an abandoned motel, with locked gate.

Images, quake damaged Gloucester St:


19.05.12. Gloucester St W view across Madras St demolition sites & red zone high rises: Platinumsport left, PWC middle, awaited demolition. Most bldgs in the pic were demolished


19.05.12. Post quakes, Latimer Hotel rebuild site, Gloucester St. Abandoned Park Tower On Latimer beyond



19.05.12. Quake Abandoned motel, Gloucester St, opp Latimer Hotel rebuild

Sun 20.05.12. 9.35 am. Woke to a 4.1 mag quake, 10 km depth, 20 km W of Christchurch (Geonet). Jolted our bed while rumbling by.

5.06 pm, 4.8 mag quake, depth 8 km, 20 km E of Christchurch (Geonet). Didn't feel it, as I was driving my car. Luke said our house shook.

Fri 25.05.12, 2.44 pm, 5.2 mag quake, 11 km depth, 10 km E of Christchurch. Didn't feel it, as I was driving my car, Russley Rd. Luke working on his feet at Hornby, furthest from the epicentre, didn't feel it.

Leah at her London St school, closer to the epicentre, said the quake approached, roaring like an express train, shaking the school, rattling kitchen crockery, while Leah thought of diving under the kitchen table.

Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.

See Orange zone gone but some still in limbo (The Press / Stuff Co).

See The Christchurch Club.

See Houses sell for bargain prices (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Geotech engineers in New Year honours (EQC).

See Crown manager urges nationwide consenting reform (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Kairaki red zoned land unfit for development (The Press / Stuff Co).

See Use of red zone land in Waimakariri district (The Press / Stuff Co).




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