Two months post 04.09.10 Canterbury quake, magnitude 7.1, I drove west of Christchurch over Canterbury Plains to Darfield & Hororata, with views of snowy Southern Alps westwards, to coolpix quake damage.
St John's Anglican Church, Hororata was fenced off with church website ads, defensive notices & beggar boxes for donations on the fence. On a fence gate outside the fenced off lychgate a notice told about halfwits stealing church stones to flog on the internet.
Afternoon photographers like me couldn't go anywhere near the quake damaged church, having to coolpix into direct sunlight, not ideal, as the best quake pics were side views of the quake toppled steeple & damaged nave roof, which I was unable to do.
Before the quake we'd visited impressive, rural St John's, but post quake, fenced siege mentality, internet scum & begging put me off Hororata. Our Hororata coolpix trip was disappointing, as we couldn't see St John's properly & were insulted by patronising fence signage on the church siege fence.
13.11.10. Quake tilted & decapitated Darfield war memorial, Canterbury Plains
13.11.10. Original St John's Anglican Church wooden entrance, Hororata
13.11.10. Closeup of St John's Church wooden entrance, Hororata
13.11.10. Church notice, St John's Church wooden entrance, Hororata
13.11.10. History board, St John's Church wooden entrance, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged chimney side, St John's Church, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake toppled chimney, St John's Church , Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged St John's Anglican Church, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged steeple, St John's Anglican Church, Hororata
13.11.10. Patronising beggar sign & beggar box, St John's Hororata siege fence
13.11.10. St John's website ad on siege fence, St John's Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged St John's steeple & bell, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged St John's stone steeple & undamaged stone crosses, Hororata
13.11.10. Crane & quake damaged St John's, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged St John's, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged St John's roof & steeple, Hororata
13.11.10. Closeup of quake damaged St John's nave roof, belfry & strapped stones
13.11.10. Undamaged chancel of quake damaged St John's, Hororata
13.11.10. Quake damaged St John's Hororata. Steeple stones toppled, buttresses held up walls
22.05.11. Part repaired St John's Hororata, 8 months post 04.09.10 quake
13.11.10. Siege fence & begging box by St John's Hororata lychgate
13.11.10. Insulting St John's Hororata siege fence notice. Absurd as the church was a Sir John Hall legacy
13.11.10. St John's Hororata WARNING cemetery notice on siege fence. Spooks?
13.11.10. St John's Hororata construction site notice on siege fence
13.11.10. Quake decapitated Hororata war memorial & quake tilted power poles
We drove back to Christchurch via Greendale on Canterbury Plains, hoping to see newly named Greendale Fault, named after the "new" 16000 year old fault which struck Canterbury & Christchurch, producing 1000s of aftershocks. Post quake "experts" were undecided at the number of faults causing Canterbury quake.
By early December the number of faults causing Canterbury quake had increased to 4, maybe more. I should've been a seismologist, digging up deeply subterranean "facts" in my wanderings. Who would check in another 16000 years' time?
We saw road signs, 3 classroom Greendale School, rural roads, green paddocks & shelter belts, all undamaged, yet close to Canterbury quake epicentre.
13.11.10. Darfield & Greendale road signs, Canterbury Plains
13.11.10. Greendale School sign, Greendale, Canterbury Plains
13.11.10. Green stickered, undamaged Greendale School near the quake epicentre. Areas further away were badly damaged
Mark: Drove to Hororata Sat 13 Nov, saw rural St John's Church, stone steeple collapsed. Fence notice about church stones stolen & listed for sale. Never mind fence donation boxes for church restoration.
Returned via Greendale after which the "new" fault is named. Nothing to see quakewise, just Greendale rural school, sheep, green paddocks, shelter belts & Alpine views. November 14 at 9.05 am.
Content & pics Copyright Mark JS Esslemont.