Digital Photograph: Van outside Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church

Sarah Murray
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06 Sep 2010
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 6 September 2010 showing earthquake damage to a van caused by red bricks from the Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church, 165 Papanui Road.
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The Christchurch Chinese Methodist Church on Papanui Road sustained severe damage during the 4 September 2010 earthquake. Constructed from unreinforced red brick masonry many of the bricks in the taller walls were shaken loose, some landing on this van, which was crushed by the force. The church still stands although financial constraints and changes to the building code meant a decision about the future of the church was delayed for a considerable period.
A large number of cars were damaged in the 2010- 2011 Canterbury earthquakes. Many parked cars were written off after being crushed by falling debris. The large quantities of bricks shed from the walls of unreinforced buildings and chimneys toppling from adjacent buildings were particularly damaging and unfortunately, in some cases in the central city during the 22 February 2011 earthquake, fatal. Vehicles also became stuck in liquefaction or in holes which opened up in roads where the land had subsided.
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