Will update some quake photos here, largely taken about town today.
There were three main aftershocks last night, all over magnitude 5. This has continued to keep people on edge. Many parents look tired, from the anxiety of property damage, as well from as poor sleep having children sharing their beds at night.
Yet the community’s clean up efforts amaze me. Life goes on, and folk are hard at work.
Today roading crews were out scooping up waste dirt, rubbish trucks maintained their usual curb side collections, and neighbours continued to assist each other. Of course I can’t speak for other parts of town, only from my own observations. I do know there is immense devastation that still requires a great deal of input.
The quake has caused many fissures, often through people’s foundations. Despite the fact virtually all houses remain standing, and the structural damage is not initially obvious, yet is widespread through the city.
Road asphalt lifted and pushed over the end of our driveway. Not a catastrophe by any means, yet common of damage throughout Halswell. There will be many 100’s kilometres of roads like this needing repair in the coming months (maybe years).
To all the hard working engineers, fire crews, Police, civil defence staff, bulldozer drivers, etc… I have immense respect. They are all working damn hard, and many remain in harms way in the central city.
Workers scale a multi storey building in Latimer Square to check exterior damage.
Police car used as bait trap for wild animals loose in the central city.
(just kidding – not wanting to be one to start a rumour).
Manchester St – upper storey restaurant damage.
Manchester St damage.
Urban Search and Rescue team members assist shopkeepers remove valuables prior to likely building demolition, Manchester St.
Central city police cordon and status report on checked building.
Iconic Baptist Church, Madras St.
Repertory Theatre, Kilmore St.
Knox Church, Bealey Ave.