Photo courtesy of Matt Wiseman, via Twitter.
is that the cathedral, or another church? someone said durham st?
Comment by che tibby — February 22, 2011 @ 1:34 pm
It’s another church but it has construction fencing around it already. There’s no way that would go up less thanhalf an hour after the earthquake
Comment by Rob Holding — February 22, 2011 @ 1:37 pm
I’m even closer to the epicentre than the central city, and yet once again, all that happened was the shampoo bottles in the shower got knocked to the floor. Phone and mobiles are down/not connecting, so I’m reading twiiter and facebook like everyone else.
Its so bizarre to be so close to a disaster, and yet be so far away. If it weren’t for the shaking, I could be anywhere in the world.
Comment by marsoe — February 22, 2011 @ 1:39 pm
wow its destroyed.
Comment by murphy — February 22, 2011 @ 1:50 pm
“There’s no way that would go up less than half an hour after the earthquake”
Yep, but I also don’t think that scaffolding was erected in quite such a haphazard fashion so it’s probably a safe bet that most of the collapse happened after the erection of both fencing and scaff, ie. in the quake just now…
Comment by nommopilot — February 22, 2011 @ 1:51 pm
This was the cathedral! The fence was up for repairs after Septembers quake! Look at the twisted construction scaffold. Now this. We here most historic buildings down.
Comment by Thom — February 22, 2011 @ 1:52 pm
Cathedral definitely damaged:
Comment by uke — February 22, 2011 @ 1:56 pm
Clearer picture of the cathedral: http://twitpic.com/42dzk8
Comment by Adge — February 22, 2011 @ 1:59 pm
The picture here is the Durham St church, which did have some damage after the first earthquake.
The spire has been knocked off the Cathedral.
Comment by marsoe — February 22, 2011 @ 2:16 pm
Police are reporting buses crushed by fallen buildings. Will probably be our worst disaster since the Wahine.
Comment by danylmc — February 22, 2011 @ 2:20 pm
Comment by Lew — February 22, 2011 @ 2:54 pm
Oh yeah. Since Erebus.
Comment by danylmc — February 22, 2011 @ 3:03 pm
Oh my god, people trapped and screaming in collapsed buildings, live on tv3.
Comment by Andy (the other one) — February 22, 2011 @ 3:13 pm
Still, Erebus wasn’t *here*, amongst us.
Comment by Lew — February 22, 2011 @ 3:19 pm
This is bad for employment rates
Comment by david c — February 22, 2011 @ 4:15 pm
Who cares about the church – whether it be cathedral or not? There are people trapped in buildings – e.g. The Pyne-Gould office building has pancaked, and there will inevitably numerous casualties in there…
Comment by Sam — February 22, 2011 @ 4:29 pm
…Because there are unknown numbers of people in the cathedral as well.
Comment by greg — February 22, 2011 @ 5:08 pm
Last time, they said the Cathedral was well-strengthened to resist acts of god
Comment by kahitakea — February 22, 2011 @ 5:50 pm
What was the Wahine death toll? If we’re at 65 dead after 6 hours roughly, then there will be a final number well north of a hundred you’d have to fear
Comment by garethw — February 22, 2011 @ 6:42 pm
The Guardian is suggesting it could be in the hundreds.
Comment by gazzaj — February 22, 2011 @ 7:35 pm
53 dead on Wahine, 257 at Erebus.
So far 65 dead in Christchurch and 200 trapped.
Comment by pete — February 22, 2011 @ 7:37 pm
It seems that god is a bit cheeky knocking down a church and a Cathedral! Wonder how the Catholic Cathedral two blocks away fared?
Comment by ianmac — February 22, 2011 @ 8:06 pm
That building is the old provincial council chambers. It was under repair after serious damage in September but is now (obviously) destroyed.
Comment by Bernard Darnton — February 22, 2011 @ 8:58 pm
This is bad for New Zealand. Awful, puts a pit in your stoumach.
Comment by George D — February 22, 2011 @ 9:20 pm
fuck me, was at the airport when it hit. note to self, breath. don’t think i’ll sleep tonite, ambo’s with lights on driving past motel regularly and aftershocks causing serious underwear issues.
Comment by leon — February 22, 2011 @ 9:40 pm
Is it possible to post a comment with a photo embedded in it?
I have a photo of that building from last November, which would show how much of the damage was done today and how much was done in September.
btw, I agree with Bernard that it was the Provincial Council Chambers
Comment by kahitakea — February 22, 2011 @ 10:00 pm
army armoured vehicles on the streets now.
Comment by leon — February 23, 2011 @ 12:42 am
water tanker rolling into town.
Comment by leon — February 23, 2011 @ 1:01 am
probably via ambo triage centre at sanitarium factory
Comment by leon — February 23, 2011 @ 1:04 am
That pic is of the Provincial Chambers.
The quake was terrifying and we just feel helpless unable to anything to help all those trapped people…
Comment by Philoff — February 23, 2011 @ 1:58 am
Wonder how the Catholic Cathedral two blocks away fared?
Comment by Joe Wylie — February 23, 2011 @ 11:26 am
What happens to the Botany By-election with a declared state of emergency?
Not that I really care about the outcome as its turned into a twat vs twat run off, just more of a legal question.
Comment by andy (the other one) — February 23, 2011 @ 12:42 pm
It’s definitely the old Provincial Council Chambers.
Comment by randominanity — February 23, 2011 @ 5:33 pm
As an indication of the scale of effort being applied the current disaster, the main highway going south from Picton to Christchurch this afternoon was chocka with convoys of police, fire appliances and trucks, ambulanes, defence force trucks, flatdecks with industrial generators. This is on top of the convoys of trucks taking in general goods and food.
Petrol stations south of Picton were all backed up with queues and ran out of petrol later that afternoon.
Comment by leon — February 23, 2011 @ 10:30 pm
reposting on correct thread…
I’ve never seen that amount of response services/infrastructure mobilised in real life i.e. not on the telly.
3 or 4 hercules running out of CHCH plus the entire Air NZ fleet redeployed if the planes running standard passenger services were anything to go by i.e. all the old trainers/dungers were out in the air.
I guess that NZ has never seen a deployment like this.
Comment by leon — February 23, 2011 @ 10:45 pm
The provincial Chamber was, in my opinion, the most beautiful building in New Zealand. I always visited it if it was open when I got to Christchurch. I know the loss of a building is nothing compared to the loss of life but as far as the history of Christchurch goes this building was way more important then the Cathedral.
Comment by K Parker — February 27, 2011 @ 1:08 am
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