Digital Photograph: Earthquake damage to the Empire Hotel, London Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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12 Apr 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 12 April 2011 showing earthquake damage to the Empire Hotel on London Street. The photograph shows the façade of the hotel supported by the framework installed to brace the building after the 4 September 2010 earthquake. Also visible on the fencing in the foreground is the advertising placard for a Community Briefing.
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After the 4 September 2010 earthquake considerable efforts were put into propping and stabilising damaged buildings with the intent to repair them. At the time this appeared viable for many buildings. However, the cumulative effect of not only the large earthquakes occurring in February and June 2011 but the impact of over 10,000 aftershocks continually weakened already damaged structures until demolition became necessary for public safety or because the building became uneconomically viable to repair.
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London Street
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