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Shaken, stirred – the whole lot in fact

Thank you to all the folk who have sent kind words and expressed concern on hearing about the Canterbury Earthquake early on Saturday morning. (4.35am Kiwi time, Sat 4th Sept 2010 ).

The reason for my delayed acknowledgement, I’m sorry, is that we were out of town!! We arrived back this morning, and spent most of the day getting everything sorted.

Long story short, we are all OK and our house has been lucky to escape with minor damage. Our road has lifted up 3-5 cm outside our drive, there are sand ‘volcanos’ all about (a natural occurance where mud is forced up to the surface upon soil liquifaction). Flying in this morning, the city didn’t appear to be a lot different to normal. But at commercial speed and altitude, this belied the obvious and grave danger that faces the central city, and seaward suburbs on sandier ground. Many buildings have been deemed ruined or unsafe.

Thoughts go out to the many hundreds of residents who have not come through with the same ease.

Water and sewerage are now major issues, but I have to say civil defence, emergency services have all swung into full gear. Thank goodness we live in a modern country with uncorrupted building codes, and first world resources. This was as bad as Haiti (in fact 7.1 vs Haiti at 7 richter scale, and similar depth). Yet they had significant deaths. So far we have had none.

Personally, I feel very, very lucky. Despite this, there is immense damage to civic infrastructure, & huge disruption to peoples lives businesses.

This afternoon, the sun was shining. In fact, was quite pleasant. You would never know it wasn’t life as normal in one sense. Yet snow is on the way tonight supposedly to low levels (don’t you love the NZ weather), and things can change at anytime. Schools are all closed for now. Buildings at our local school in  Halswell still stand, but on inspection the grounds are riddled with fissures, liquifaction mounds, and cracked concrete. In fact, that seems to be the case for most of CHCH.

I made it out briefly today, in part with some work recording some damage for insurance clients. I’ll paste photos here from the suburbs of Avonside, Sydenham and Haslwell.

Avonside earthquake damage, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Avonside earthquake damage, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Avonside earthquake damage, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Avonside earthquake damage, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Avonside earthquake damage, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Avonside earthquake damage, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Sand ‘volcanoes’ all throughout a paddock.

Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Mounds of dirt left in the streets for collection. Many residents have cleaned their drives, drains and properties of the bubbling mud that oozed up.

Halswell, Mon 6th Sept.

Halswell, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Here two engineers survey Colombo St in Sydenham for damage. Normally a busy street full of cars.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Central city damage, Mon 6th Sept.

Had a smile here. All of Colombo St in Sydenham was cordoned off – except the WINZ office!

Damage to Dairy in Dallington, Mon 6th Sept.

Damage to Dairy in Dallington, Mon 6th Sept.

Road damage, Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Road damage, Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Road damage, Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Road damage, Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Road damage, Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.

Road damage, Halswell, CHCH, Mon 6th Sept.