stupid sexy flanders
Febuary 22 2011. 12:51pm.
Christchurch was a beautiful, historic city. We all took it for granted. At that moment in time our city changed forever.
New Zealands second largest city of 400,000 people had spent the previous months recovering from a 7.1 earthquake which came to us on September 4 2010. Even though its epicentre was over 30kms from the central city it caused considerable damage. Thankfully no one was killed, helped Im sure that it struck at 4:35am.
The 6.3 earthquake which hit at lunchtime on Febuary 22 was a different story. It couldn't have happened at a worse time. Centred in the suburb of Lyttelton, and only 5 kilometres deep, it destroyed buildings across the city that were already weakend by the September shake. Whether you were in your office, stuck in traffic, in class, shopping downtown or sitting at home- no one was safe. 182 people lost their lives, an equal number suffered serious injury, 2000 were moderately injured, 25000 lost their homes. In the days following 70,000 people fled the city. The disaster is estimated to cost the New Zealand economy the equivalent of $13 billion US. Even today the central city remains off limits to the public and its thought 15% of the entire city area will be returned to nature.
As bad as all that is this is not want I want this thread to be about. I want to focus on the positive.
This thread is about our city as it rebuilds. We have a great future ahead of us as we build a new city. While I'll use this thread to show you the worst as it is now, I'll also remind you that whole suburbs somehow remained undamaged, where life got back to normal almost immediately.
Our city will get back on its feet. It's going to take time. And I hope we'll see positive changes in this thread.
For now though our once beautiful city centre couldnt be uglier...