It seems the CBD has been hit hardest and those that have been here will remember that there are many older brick or stone buildings in town.
It seems that there have been many injuries, and deaths, mainly caused by crushing. You will be seeing the same news shots that we are getting but I think grave concerns are being held for the 100, or more, trapped in crumbled buildings.
I have not seen coverage of the Poplar Lane area but I would imagine The twisted Hop may have taken another hit. It would not have been a nice place to have lunch today.
By far the majority of the city is unscathed.. the TV is just showing the same old damaged areas. I believe there would be little damage in the suburbs about me.. the brick fences seem to be the first to go, followed by the chimneys.
We are bracing for more news in the morning, the Mayor (he spoke at the Rally opening) is indicating we will be in for more bad news. I think the tourist and Asian visitors will feature proportionately high in the casualty figures... Two good hard aftershocks while I was writing this..the things are swarming..
Thank you Kevin for your report, now passed on to my daughter and her husband who have family in Christchuch suburbs. They had tried to contact them by mobile phone but without success and will be pleased to read your words
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G'day Shaun, yes I think Manchester St will be getting a new look. The museum may be Fazazz, the small transport museum and shop opposite the Bus Exchange. That would be Lichfield St which connects both Manchester and Colombo, right in the SOL area. Most of that area would have suffered damage.
The CBD has been cordoned off at the Four Avenues, I am sure it will be some days before any business within gets a chance to re-open. The first beer off the taps may have a unique taste..
I am watching with interest to see how SOL and Poplar Lane fared... Cameras are not getting into the unsafe areas, and we are not seeing those that are undamaged also. I am sure you will recognise many of the scenes being screened on your TV's.
You have to feel for those trapped, and their rescuers, amongst the rubble while the aftershocks continue.
You won't be seeing me on TV, I am home doing re-decorating..
Good to hear Kev, my relatives are outside Christchurch in hills so waiting to hear back. There is California and Canadian rescue teams on the way I hear as well. That big cathedral is a bit shocking and the capolla sp? dome not falling is very lucky by the looks of the video. Best wishes from Vancouver, long due for a shake. We had one in '94 and I watched the wood apartment twist a bit more than I liked at 3.2. My bed loft is 6"x6" beam box I can get under in case the 3 story '30's apartment becomes a bungalow. Basement suite, scary images from NZ. Steve
Hey Kevin Thanks for the links,looks very bad,so most of the quakes are in the southern side of CHCH,and i see that the port of Lytlton(not sure of the spelling) was on top or it.My sister etc where just over there cycling around on a tour.Myself i lived there for 3 years in the early 70,s ,CHCH that is 626 Hereford St. Stay safe my friend Gary
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Yeah, I have experienced many earthquakes in NZ over the years but these ones are strange. Very little warning, so they catch you by surprise.
Normally there is a roar associated with the big ones, almost like a train about to hit the house. Then of course all hell breaks loose just like one actually has.
These mongrels are coming from under you, no noise or motion as warning. I would say it is more like a vibe about a second beforehand.. just enough to alert you.
Sad to say the last survivor was pulled out over a day ago, I think over 30 hours, or more, ago. Bad and sad news for many ... and I was right in thinking that many tourists and visitors would be caught up in events of the day. The central city is full of visitors during summer lunch break.
Our suburb has escaped completely undamaged (so far), it is only the aftershocks and helicopter noise that connects us to the events unfolding on the TV screen.
Once again it is the eastern part of the city that has been hit hardest, we think it is the type of surface you are living on.
I have to thank you, and countrymen for the aid and rescue assistance. I am sure you will be aware there are teams from the UK, USA, many Aussies, Japan, Taiwan and also Singaporean military involvement.
The guys running the show are drawing applause, it appears to be a well oiled machine... at least that is how the media are portraying events at the moment.
I have not heard how other BSA owners are getting on, no doubt they will have their own stories.
Sad day for NZ, Thinking about you all and sinscere condolances to those of you who have lost fammily or friends. No words can releive the loss but be assured UK will help where possible. ANZACS were there for us in our darkest hours and it will be forever remembered.
Not so cheery is news for the Twisted Hop brewbar, in central Christchurch. While its building is still standing, those around it have sustained serious damage and it is in the central business district and off-limits to both staff and customers.
All staff are safe, but the operation is closed until further notice. "We do not know what the future holds for the Hop, nor indeed for the central city," the brewer's website says.
Local brewers Harrington's also report major damage to their Ferrymead brewery, but continue to operate, while the Wigram Brewing Company was barely touched and another local brewer, Matson's, was "not too badly damaged." Newspaper article on breweries
I'll bet the Spaights or what ever it was called was just fine and continues to pump out their so called beer... While the good stuff is under attack by mother nature.... Its just not fair.... Talked to Chris and Dave on Skype the other night. They seem to be in good spirits with a good outlook for the future... Keep up the fight and we'll be back to visit you as soon as we can... :bigt
Tell you what, once Chch is safe, how about having a rescue trip over there..? We'll get that Twisted Hop up and running in a jiffy :bigt Can you sort out somewhere for us all to stay young NZKev lad..?
The Twisted Hop rescued, then off to Fleurs Place at Moreaki for some fantastic sea food, shouldn't take us no more than about 2 months lad.