We all survived a 7.1 quake, you thought that the buildings that were bad, had been bulldozed, or unoccupied. Imagine how bad yesterday would have been if they had still been there… as it is *shudder* it is bad. My city is leveled, and all I can say at the moment, bulldoze all them all, only the cathedral needs to be rebuilt. I’m all for heritage but not at this cost. Imagine if Manchester Courts had still been standing, like some people protested.
Only a 6.3, but its taken down buildings. The cathedral has lost its spire, the high risers that with stood the 7.1 collapsed. Were they weakened previously? They were structurally sound, but no longer earthquake proof??? I suppose in the months to come we will find out, now its about getting out the people trapped.
Thankfully, I work in a building that has been strengthened in the last 5 years. I was at my desk, trying to get work down and eat my lunch (can’t remember if I had finished it or not), and there was a tremor, you are a bit blasah about it for a moment (we’ve had a few over the last few months) . Then it gets stronger, you don’t think and you are under the desk. But than it get even stronger, you are being moved about and desperately trying to grab the leg of the desk. It finally stops.
Others in the room are yelling get out. I’m a little more relaxed, the building is still standing, and its stopped, whats the panic? But I get caught up with the others panic and grab my bag and exit the building. I’m still rather relaxed down in the car park, one chick from Strategy was bleeding, so I went to the medical centre(on the other side of the car park) and grabbed a nurse.
After this point I took stock of the building, the level one window had completely blown out, covering the exit of the car park, and one of the horizontal beams had a big crack in it. No one wanted to go down the exit of the car park, so Sam kicked in the fence to the next door neighbours and we escaped out there.
I then probably spent half an hour making sure everyone was out safe, then I just wanted to get out. There were rumors going around, from people walking past and the odd person who had managed to call someone, the cathedral was completely destroyed, a cliff had collapsed in Sumner. The traffic was already chokka by then. My car was parked next to a building that was looking a bit dodgy, so it was a rush to get in and get out.
I didn’t want to drive back through the city with all those buildings, so I started to circle around the city. I was going to drop Jade in Riccarton, but it was so packed, it was easier for him to walk. Anyway found my self stuck in traffic down Memorial Ave, the radio was giving sketchy info. and my cell was still not working. I eventually heard from Eamon and Aunty Fran that they were OK. I eventually got home, after coming through Hornby, Halswell.
When got home, the house looked fine, the kitchen was a bit of a mess, a few glasses broken, but nothing serious. On the drive back, one of the things that was a main issue for me was Ironman, yes rather selfish… will this have any effect on my race? First thought was my bike, was it ok… when I walked in the door it was the first thing I checked… it was all ok, not touched, phew. Though I don’t think I will be using it in the next few days. It’s supposed to get a service on Thursday, maybe it will have to go to Taupo with out a service??
I finally managed to call Eamon, he was over at his sisters who had power. I went and joined him, and finally got on the internet and saw the images for the first time. The Pyne Gould Guiness building totally collapsed, Cashel and high street look like a war zone… my old primary school in Redcliffs had the cliffs collapsed behind it.
His parents were there, their place is in pretty bad shape. Neither of them had been home, thank god. Though Lyn was in Lytellton(the epicentre) at the time. Then it was a case of trying to contact friends and make sure they are all OK. I think all close friends are OK, but who knows who else I know who are trapped or even dead.
I’m not sure what will happen next, I think I will be very happy to get out of the city next Tuesday