Saturday, June 18, 2011

Christchurch Earthquake

On Monday, Christchurch was struck by another serious aftershock, 6.3 on the Richter scale. I was away for the day attending meetings in our capital city, so I missed the shake. My wife was home on her own, but her brother was visiting from another town, when the quake struck. This was good for her, but scary for him, as he is not used to earthquakes. I managed to get home at night, but the flight was a couple of hours late, because the airport had been close for several hours, disrupting flight schedules.

Many of the damaged buildings in the central city area collapsed further. The eastern parts of the city experienced further liquefaction. For some it was worse than in the February quake.

We just had a little bit in the back corner of our section. Only a couple of wheelbarrow loads to remove. No further damage to our house.

Here are some photos that we took when we went for a walk yesterday.

The windows are no longer square

Sunk into the ground.

A room has fallen off the back of the house.
This mobile generator is providing us with electricity.

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