Christchurch is Munted: but still Rocking!

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Comments (9)

ƤōƝƓ on April 23, 2011

It seems that new buildings there have been built quake-proof. LIKEd

bdeh on April 23, 2011

Nice picture Ian, the owners of the first building at the right are lucky with that little damage. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 23, 2011

Dear Ah-Pong,

There is much truth to your observation, for the stone/masonry buildings certainly suffered much damage all across the city. For this reason churches were particularly affected. But the greatest disasters were 2 more recently built multi-floored buildings in which the great majority of deaths occurred.

New Zealand generally has good building codes, and some very special earthquake accommodating buildings. But as I said elsewhere, Christchurch has been caught out, for this was not only its first quake but the second big after-shock came only 5 months after. This certainly wasn't expected!


Ian Stehbens on April 23, 2011

This is central Christchurch in shut-down. No vehicles, closed streets, cordoned off CBD, collapsed buildings and with aftershocks occurring frequently damaged buildings continuing to shake and collapse further.

These two buildings, the historic one and the modern high rise are government owned.

Thanks for your interest and appreciation, Berend.

Greetings, Ian

gezginruh on April 23, 2011

Very well photo.

Best greetings.

Ian Stehbens on April 27, 2011

Thank you dear . It really was a quiet afternoon on the city streets of Christchurch, but that was mostly to do with the earthquake damage which has resulted in the main centre being closed to all. You may not have noticed but even here there are several sections of the brick building that have collapsed and gone.


Ian Stehbens on April 30, 2011

Certainly, Mini. Thanks for respecting copyright.


Peterbnz on June 21, 2011

Yes, Ian, copyright is dis-regarded on the internet.

Mind you, I had problems with that way back when I were working as a wedding and portrait photographer in the '80's.

When I used medium format gear (645), and a mother of a bride comes in to my studio and asks, 'why her photo has come our so bad, when she is copying my wedding image, so she can get a copy...'

On the image was my name, studio, © date, etc.

She was using an instamatic camera to copy a 11"x14" photograph!! A orderd copy would have cost her $30 from my studio...

Makes you wonder sometimes!

I do not have much on the 'net at all. And no longer working professionally with a camera.

Cheers, Peter, eastern side of Christchurch!

Ian Stehbens on June 22, 2011

Good story, Peter. I understand. I found one of my copyrighted photos used as the full front page on a commercial newspaper in Tonga. The newspaper was created to try to launch someone's political career. The political hopeful and editor of the newspaper had worked in the Tongan public service and was involved in drafting Tonga's copyright legislation. When I raised the issue of copyright with her, she admitted she knew the law, after all she was involved in drafting it. But her argument was that I would have blocked it so it couldn't be downloaded it from the www if I didn't want her to use it!!! She never came up with the fee she agreed to pay, and she didn't win a seat in the new parliament either. If you can't be trusted with small things why would you think you might be trusted with public office? And her name in Tongan means "hope".

My deepest concern goes out to you and all in the eastern suburbs of CHCH!


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