Here I begin a series of insights about the quake and its consequences, seen and unseen.
TODAY STOP PRESS: A magnitude 4 earthquake rattled parts of Christchurch this afternoon. The quake, which struck at 4.16pm at a depth of 9 kilometres, was centred 20km west of Christchurch. There were no initial reports of damage.
COMMENT: I have just returned from a very brief time in Christchurch where I witnessed first-hand the damage causesd by the first earthquake, followed by the second series of after-shocks. The city, still dealing from this quakes, is trying to come to terms with the reality.
From The Press, Christchurch: Rebuilding Lyttelton’s port will be one of the most complex post-quake tasks, its chief executive says.
Up to 20 staff were working on the rebuilding project.
“We’re in the process of still working through what our damage and rebuild costs will be,” he said.
The September 4 quake did more than shake the core piling and wharf restraint systems.
Some ships were turned away from Lyttelton during the quake period, but since then it had “been handling all the cargo” as planned, Davie said.
Most of the port facilities are on reclaimed land, including the container and coal-working areas and the fuel-tank farm.
Davie said hundreds of wharf piles, some buried 30 metres to 40m deep, were being assessed.
“You’ve got to try and model what has happened to them and what stresses they’re under and to what extent they’re damaged,” Davie said.
“Once you’ve done all that measurement, you then have to redesign what you would rebuild, and [assess] what the cost of that is.”
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