Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Hororata 2 months after Canterbury Quake

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

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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.

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