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Quake +9

I wasn’t too sure if I would post many more quake photos, but in response to friends and family overseas, I realise how valuable it is in trying to understand what has happened. If this helps in some small way, then by all means. I think it is often harder for folk out of town at a time like this. The sense of loss can be acute, with immense frustration at not being able to help out directly.

Yet life goes on. I guess one of the best ways to help, is to continue supporting local businesses. Things have just got very tough for many. The central city will be closed for a long time, with many businesses already hit with recession and the Sept quake, the future is bleak. Donations to Salvation Army and Red Cross (as with any other official appeal) would be the other way to help. They are doing a magic job, and have made pretty detailed assessments on the ground. Currently there are 30,000 chemical toilets are currently in production in China, due here on Sunday.

Yesterday was a different day within the cordon. I couldn’t put my finger on it fully, compared how things were last week. I dont know whether CD and emergency staff are worn out (kind of obvious though), or whether staffing has changed from a more local pool to be more reliant on national resources. Perhaps the media pack had not quite played ball. I know an Australian crew had falsely gained access to CHCH hospital, and a Japanese crew had become quite aggressive with the Police Superintendent.

Regardless, the feeling with more official. Not quite as much goodwill, and tinged with a greater sense of enormity. Though it wasn’t apparent when we first started off, it was announced not long after the efforts had been switched official from Rescue status to Recovery. A heavy day for many families, still hopeful for some form of miracle. While it was always unlikely to find any further survivors (none have been found since last Wednesday), that announcement made it official.

All the people involved have been working tirelessly. Civil Defence, USAR, Red Cross, Council, Govt, machinery operators, Land SAR, Police, Fire, Army, Navy, Airforce, St Johns, engineers, church groups, students… the list goes on. There has been an outpouring of humanity, and a huge effort to overcome the effect of such a disaster. Again we have been blessed with first world resources, effective leadership, and more important a reliable system. At CD HQ, the feeling is one of purpose. People have jobs to do, there are systems in place. I know people in the Eastern suburbs without sanitation may not see it, but I am sure all folk are doing their utmost to overcome the enormity of what has happened.

I hope these photos are of some interest.

Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) team walking down Gloucester St.

Urban Search And Rescue (USAR) team walking down Gloucester St.

Manchester St between Armagh & Gloucester

Manchester St between Armagh & Gloucester

Grand Chancellor precariously drooping on the Cashel St corner.

Grand Chancellor precariously drooping on the Cashel St corner.

CTV site virtually cleared of heavy rubble now. Intricate searching continues.

CTV site virtually cleared of heavy rubble now. Intricate searching continues.

The base of the Cathedral in the Square.

The base of the Cathedral in the Square.

Cathedral Square.

Cathedral Square.

The Square.

The Square.

Oxford Tce, near PWC bdg.

Oxford Tce, near PWC bdg.

PGC Building cleared of heavy rubble, seen from Oxford Tce. Retours bandstand remains standing.

PGC Building cleared of heavy rubble, seen from Oxford Tce. Retours bandstand remains standing.

PGC bdg

PGC bdg

Searchers leaves CTV cordon for a break.

Searchers leaves CTV cordon for a break.

International media pack, Colombo / Gloucester cnr.

International media pack, Colombo / Gloucester cnr.

Cathedral Square

Cathedral Square

Old Post Office Bdg, The Square.

Old Post Office Bdg, The Square.

Oxford Tce Baptist church, badly ht in Sept and all braced up, now completely flatten.

Oxford Tce Baptist church, badly ht in Sept and all braced up, now completely flatten.

Gloucester St. Tulsi and Sampan restaurants damaged - one of the biggest disasters in town!

Gloucester St. Tulsi and Sampan restaurants damaged - one of the biggest disasters in town!

PGC Bdg, cleared of large rubble where the crane is.

PGC Bdg, cleared of large rubble where the crane is.


Strangely serene, not unlike a postcard. The reality is very different.