Chch landmark buildings mostly unscathed 

Published: 7:49PM Sunday September 05, 2010

Source: NZPA

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Chch landmark buildings mostly unscathed (Source: NZPA)

Source: NZPA

Christchurch's landmark heritage buildings have made it through yesterday's damaging 7.1 magnitude earthquake, and hefty aftershocks, relatively unscathed.

Five hundred buildings have been affected across Christchurch, including 90 in the central city where there are many heritage and character buildings.

Christchurch landmarks to have fared well include the Provincial Chambers, the Christchurch Cathedral, the Arts Centre, Christ's College and the Public Trust building and other buildings on Oxford Terrace.

One building extensively damaged is the Repertory Theatre in Kilmore St,  just months ahead of a major restoration project, a city council spokeswoman said.

Staff from Christchurch City Council and the Historic Places Trust have begun inspecting central city buildings alongside the council's building evaluation team, and will also assess buildings elsewhere in Christchurch and Banks Peninsula.

A very small number of buildings have suffered extensive damage, and further assessment will determine whether they can be restored.

Many others have suffered minor to moderate damage, and will be fixed in coming weeks.

Buildings already strengthened by property owners had generally fared well.

"We encourage building owners to seek appropriate advice from structural engineers and architects and take steps in the interim to reduce damage and cost by keeping them weather-tight," Urban Design and Heritage team leader Ceciel DelaRue said.

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schicken ; 2010-09-08 @ 19:15 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
I thought the same thing initially. However, another quake big enough to close or shift the cracks further is likely to be heard first and all the kids will most likely be fine. If a child does get swallowed up, I'm probably not going to have huge empathy for the media coverage or their parents, but until then, let the region have a little bit of fun. Education about health risks regarding contaminated water may be a good idea for all. :)
sunny1901 ; 2010-09-07 @ 00:55 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
could somebody please tell me why there are people standing in the cracks in the earth and dangling their legs into them, are they not aware that if an aftershock hits then they could get their legs crushed, as the cracks could close or grate together?
natg ; 2010-09-07 @ 03:37 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
that is EXACTLY what myself and my friends were thinking as we watched the news tonight
dancingqueen ; 2010-09-07 @ 05:05 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
Sunny1901, Your absolutley right, I have been watching in horror at people and little children standing in holes in the ground. Last night on Closeup, they were doing just this. Both my husband and I said what on earth are they doing, if there was an aftershock, they could be sucked in, or the hole could open more and close over them. Keep out of these crevices, or there will be a life lost. For goodness sake.
Australianne ; 2010-09-07 @ 14:27 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
My personal favourites are the pics of the kids riding bikes or wading through the 'water'...which is probably why a number of people are now coming down with gastroenteritis!
thinkaboutit ; 2010-09-06 @ 23:06 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
More great coverage tonight TVNZ especially highlighting the situation at individual community levels where people reported they felt abandoned. All credit to those organising themselves into community working groups at this level despite this. Arguably the recovery process would be greatly enhanced if these community groups were psychologically and practically supported by establishing official coordination centres at individual community levels.
Madeleine Ware ; 2010-09-06 @ 17:31 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
You're making some good points here. Perhaps some of the donations could be towards purchasing and setting up storage of these sorts of things. Individuals are also responsible for making their own preparations. I clean and keep old 3L juice bottles filled with water. Every now and then I water my house plants with one and refill it to refresh it.
Madeleine Ware ; 2010-09-06 @ 17:27 NZDT Report Abusive Message  
As long as you don't get all caught up in day-to-day life and forget to analyse. I reckon now's as good a time as any, when the motivation is strong.

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