Digital Photograph: Earthquake damage to searchlight emplacements, Godley Head

Michael Davies
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26 May 2013
One landscape colour digital photograph taken on 26 May 2013 showing the southern cliffs of Godley Head. Taken from the middle of the shipping channel. Some earthquake damage to the cliffs is visible.
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There were several major rock falls along the coastal cliffs near Christchurch and Lyttelton Harbour. At Godley Head these caused damage to the World War Two fortifications and to the Godley Head Lighthouse. The inner of the two buildings constructed to house searchlights to illuminate the harbour entrance during wartime was destroyed by a rock slide, as was the path to them from the access tunnel through the cliff. The nature of the coastline and the presence of unstable rockslides stretching into the harbour also makes the emplacements difficult to approach by sea.
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