Digital Photograph: Earthquake Damage to Buildings and Car on Norwich Quay, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
Production date
25 Feb 2011
One portrait colour digital photograph taken on 25 February 2011 showing the damaged façade of a two storey shop on Norwich Quay. The brick wall has completely fallen off the top storey and crushed a car parked on the footpath outside. Damage to the Lyttelton Hotel is visible to the left of the photo.
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The design of many older commercial buildings was to build an imposing and decorative street frontage, with less expensive cladding for the rest of the building. In many instances, this resulted in the collapse of the facade of the building. In many parts of Christchurch there was severe damage caused by unreinforced parapets toppling onto the street below. The advice from New Zealand Civil Defence to 'Drop, Cover and Hold' during an earthquake recognises that the areas immediately surrounding a building can sometimes be more dangerous than remaining in a building during a severe earthquake.
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Norwich Quay
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