Digital Photograph: Earthquake Damage to Canterbury Hotel and shops. Oxford Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
Production date
15 Jun 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 15 June 2011 showing earthquake damage to the former Canterbury Hotel and adjoining row of shops on Oxford Street. This photograph was taken on Oxford Street and shows the collapsed façade of the row of shops behind safety fencing, the interior of the building is exposed. Shadbolt House is visible in the background.
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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. 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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Oxford Street
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