Digital Photograph: Earthquake Damage to Retaining Wall, corner of Oxford and Exeter Streets, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
Production date
15 Jun 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 15 June 2011 showing earthquake damage to the retaining wall on the northeast corner of Oxford and Exeter Streets. The wall was constructed from unreinforced blocks of local red volcanic rock held together with mortar.
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Retaining walls in Lyttelton were built of unreinforced soft volcanic stone in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. Some of these were built by inmates of the Lyttelton Gaol who had been sentenced to hard labour. They were typically built as a facing to protect steep slopes or areas cut into the hillside from erosion. Like stone buildings, many stone retaining walls had little strength to resist the forces of the February and June 2011 earthquakes.
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Oxford Street; Exeter Street
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