Digital Photograph: Car damaged by chimney
01 Dec 2010
One portrait colour digital photograph taken on 1 December 2010 showing a chimney, dislodged by the 4 September 2010 earthquake, atop a 1972 Toyota Crown car. The car to Andrie Woodroffe of 82 Hartley Avenue, Strowan.
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Falling chimneys caused damage across Christchurch following the 4 September 2010 earthquake. The strong shaking was too powerful for the mortar holding the slender brick structures. Falling masonry damaged not only roofs but anything it landed on. The replacement of solid brick chimneys with lightweight replicas has become a popular practice to reduce the chimney weight from tons to a few hundred kilograms by using brick veneers and timber framing. Almost all open fires in Christchurch have now been replaced with other heating options to improve air quality.
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