Darfield Fault & Earthquake, 4 September 2010: fault beneath a woolshed

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Comments (8)

bdeh on April 28, 2011

Wow, the earth has opened Ian. Greetings Berend

Ian Stehbens on April 28, 2011

Yes indeed, Berend. That the woolshed is still standing after the quake amazes me. There has been about a 4M displacement along this fault. The water-race and the fence on the other side of the shed demonstrate the shift clearly.

the set of 3 photos posted here are spread over 5 kms of the fault; this one to the east of Kivers Road, the next one on Highfield Road and the one of the water-race beside Telegraph Road.


ƤōƝƓ on May 7, 2011

Mother nature is amazing.

Golden ☆ + LIKEd

Peterbnz on August 16, 2011

After all the 'displacement' we have had, Ian, now mother nature is trying to make ammends(...?..) with a 'snow job' to hide it all!

Better get back to the shovel, it has stopped rain/snow/sleeting for another short period...

Peter Snowman EarthQuaked city...nz!

Ian Stehbens on August 21, 2011

Warm greetings Worapong aka Ah-Pong,

Thanks for another special visit and for the award. This shed is on private property so there aren't many images of this around. I happened to meet the farmer fixing one of his fences and asked him for directions and he said that I should drive up his road to the shearing shed and start there. There is actually a 3M displacement here: the ground on the right has moved 3M relative to the land on the left which is carrying the whole shed: the end of the shed has simply lost its support and is held in place by the flooring that is anchored to the left side of the fault.

I found the amount of movement quite incredible.


Ian Stehbens on August 21, 2011

Hi Peter, The Snowman,

Poor CHCH!!! Snow jobs! Can't play rugby when the ground is covered in snow. Can't play rugby when the stadium is compromised! But did play brilliantly against the Queensland Reds in the final! Thought it was a great match - one of the best I have watched.

And I am a Queenslander! That makes it better, but there could be no better opposition than the Crusaders.

I hope that all the snow is a huge boost to the winter tourism industry and helps the glaciers to lengthen!

If I were there I would be out with a shovel to help you, Peter, but I would be keeping off the roads to stay warm inside.

O, will it still be snowing when the World Cup comes to Invercargill, Dunedin and Timaru? Might have to play the matches in Brisbane instead!!


Peterbnz on December 18, 2011

No Ian, I'd reckon that the snow one of my neices in Q'land recorded on her camera, was what you wanted for up there... Only a bit of sleet, but she got it on the camera perfectly.

Our weatherman get it correct about 20% of the time 'yes there will be weather...' and it does what it likes, Ian.

Emptied 46mm out of my raingauge the other day, and Nelson got a real pasting, with 423mm in 24 hours, with landslides, damage galore and they are lucky not to loose any lives.

[that came from across the 'ditch they said...]

Ian Stehbens on December 19, 2011

Hi Peter,

Much of your weather does come across the Ditch, even the dust to colour the glaciers.

Poor Nelson. Not good for the grapes, the hops or the tourists.

I've just returned from Tonga, so I wasn't here for the snow or sleet. Where was your niece? Stanthorpe, up in the cold country?


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