Digital Photograph: Earthquake damage to St John's Church, Winchester Street, Lyttelton

Michael Davies
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15 Jun 2011
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 15 June 2011 showing earthquake damage to the Presbyterian Church of St John in Winchester Street, Lyttelton. Photograph shows the collapsed roof and tower. The photograph is taken from the southern side of the church.
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The destructive force of the 14 June 2011 earthquakes on buildings in Lyttelton was particularly violent. Unreinforced stone buildings that were already weakened lacked the residual strength to withstand more severe shaking. After the 22 February earthquake many community buildings were fenced off for public safety until such time as their condition could be fully assessed and decisions made about their future. The compounding effect of the June quakes led to several buildings in Lyttelton, including St John’s being demolished as the damage was too severe to consider repairs or restoration.
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44 Winchester Street
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