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Videos, UC QuakeStudies

A video of an interview with Joe Bennett, columnist and Lyttelton resident, about his experiences during the 22 February 2011 earthquake, and his hopes for post-quake Christchurch. This video was part of The Press's 'Christchurch, one year after February 22, 2011' series.

Videos, UC QuakeStudies

A video of journalist Charlie Gates introducing the 2014 World Buskers Festival. Gates revisits the performance venues for former festivals to show how the central city has changed since the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes.

Images, UC QuakeStudies

Workers eat lunch at an outdoor table next to the Gap Filler Community Chess Set on Colombo Street. The Chess Set was a collaboration between Gap Filler and students at the University of Canterbury. The project aimed to restore the iconic Christchurch Chess Set that used to be played in Cathedral Square.

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A view down Colombo Street of a team of Fire Service and Search and Rescue personnel using a crane to check the Forsyth Barr building for people trapped by the 22 February 2011 earthquake. Behind them the broken tower of the Christ Church Cathedral can be seen.

Research papers, The University of Auckland Library

The Catholic Cathedral is classified as a category 1 listed heritage building constructed largely of unreinforced stone masonry, and was significantly damaged in the recent Canterbury earthquakes of 2010 and 2011. In the 2010 event the building presented slight to moderta damage, meanwhile in the 2011 one experienced ground shaking in excess of its capacity leading to block failures and partial collapse of parts of the building, which left the building standing but still posing a significant hazard. In this paper we discuss the approach to develop the earthquake analysis of the building by 3D numerical simulations, and the results are compared/calibrated with the observed damage of the 2010 earthquake. Very accurate records were obtained during both earthquakes due to a record station located least than 80 m of distance from the building and used in the simulations. Moreover it is included in the model the soil structure interaction because it was observed that the ground and foundation played an important role on the seismic behavior of the structure. A very good agreement was found between the real observed damage and the nonlinear dynamic simulations described trough inelastic deformation (cracking) and building´s performance.

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Two diggers on top of a pile of rubble inside the partially demolished Ozone Dressing Sheds building. The photographer comments, "The Ozone must have suffered in the February earthquake more than people thought. They were starting to repaint it inside, but it looks like they must have run out of filler".

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People look through the cordon fence at the corner of Colombo and Hereford Streets. On the left is the former site of Camera House, and on the right is the ANZ building, with its ground floor windows boarded up. Taken on a day when a walkway was opened up between Re:Start Mall and Cathedral Square to allow temporary public access.

Images, Canterbury Museum

One red and black fabric quilt comprised of pieced and appliquéd block work with both hand and machine stitching; machine quilted with embellishments and a one piece bordered back; an image of the ChristChurch Cathedral is in the centre and features pen work. Designed and quilted by the Coast Quilters of Whangaroa from fabric sent in by listener...

Images, Canterbury Museum

An aero-modelling quadricopter device used by Opus International Consultants to assess the structural integrity of the interior of the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament, Christchurch. The drone is comprised of a central hull with high definition video recording capability surrounded by four circles of grey foam, each containing a smaller black ...

Research papers, The University of Auckland Library

The Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament is a category 1 listed heritage building constructed largely of unreinforced stone masonry, and was significantly damaged in the recent Canterbury earthquakes. The building experienced ground shaking in excess of its capacity leading to block failures and partial collapse of parts of the building, which left the building standing but still posing a significant hazard. In this paper we discuss the approach to securing the building, and the interaction of the structural, heritage and safety demands involved in a dynamic seismic risk environment. We briefly cover the types of failures observed and the behaviour of the structure, and investigate the performance of both strengthened and un-strengthened parts of the building. Seismic strengthening options are investigated at a conceptual level. We draw conclusions as to how the building performed in the earthquakes, comment on the effectiveness of the strengthening and securing work and discuss the potential seismic strengthening methods.

Videos, UC QuakeStudies

A video showing members of the SPCA standing for two minutes in silence a week after the 22 February 2011 earthquake, in memory of those who lost their lives. A pigeon, found in the ChristChurch Cathedral after the quakes, is released at the end of the two-minutes' silence.

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A photograph of an alleyway between Gloucester Street and Cathedral Square. There is a pile of rubble near the end of the alleyway, fallen from the earthquake-damaged Base Backpackers building, behind the former Canterbury Times building on Gloucester Street. Scaffolding has also been constructed up the side of Base Backpackers.

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People stand beside the cordon fence on the Worcester Street bridge. The photographer comments, "This was some of the many people waiting for the White Lights of Hope to be turned on, but when they were we hardly noticed. Sadly it was a big disappointment".

Images, Canterbury Museum

One red and black fabric quilt comprised of pieced and appliquéd block work with both hand and machine stitching; machine quilted with embellishments and a one piece bordered back; an image of the ChristChurch Cathedral is in the centre and features pen work. Designed and quilted by the Coast Quilters of Whangaroa from fabric sent in by listener...

Videos, UC QuakeStudies

A video about the experiences of church goers after the 4 September 2010 earthquake. Many of the congregations have had to find temporary facilities after the earthquake damaged their churches. The video includes an interview with Bishop Barry Jones from the Roman Catholic Church. Jones talks about the miracle that nobody died in the earthquake.

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A photograph of two large signs at Cathedral Junction that are part of Signs of Things to Come. This was a wayfinding project by Generation Zero and Diadem, for FESTA 2014. The signage gives directions to key central city and FESTA locations, and compares the current and future potential of transport in Christchurch.

Audio, Radio New Zealand

Exactly 75 years ago today, Superman made his debut in "Action Comics" No. 1. Campaigners for the restoration of the Christchurch Cathedral are "thrilled" that rebuilding the earthquake-damaged church remains on the table. The Press reports Christchurch's hotel shortage is so critical that at times visitor centre staff have had to put tourists up in their own homes.

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A photograph of the large-scale puppets titled The Scholar and The Wife of Bath. The puppets are in Cathedral Square. Lying on the left are heads and hands of The Friars. The puppets were part of the Canterbury Tales procession. Canterbury Tales was created by Free Theatre Christchurch, and was the main event of FESTA 2013.

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A photograph captioned by BeckerFraserPhotos, "Pieces of iron fretwork from the entrance to the Warners Hotel carefully laid on the ground in front of the building. Thisshows the careful salvaging which has taken place during the demolistion of many heritage building in order to be able to re-use significant pieces later".

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A pile of rubble from a demolished building on Worcester Street. In the background, the partially demolished Warners Hotel can be seen as well as the Novotel and the PricewaterhouseCoopers Building in the distance. A digger and long-reach excavator can also be seen.

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Photograph captioned by BeckerFraserPhotos, "PriceWaterhouseCoopers Building (under demolition, lower centre), Clarendon Tower (under demolition upper centre), New Regent Street (lower left) and New Press building at the left end of New Regent Street".

Images, Alexander Turnbull Library

Shows Property Investor Bob Jones with a shotgun on top of Christchurch cathedral on an island surrounded by ducks. The lake is labelled 'Lake Bob Parker'. Context: Bob Jones suggested the Christchurch CBD be replaced with a lake (The Listener 12-18 May 2012). Colour and black and white versions available Quantity: 2 digital cartoon(s).

Videos, UC QuakeStudies

A video about members of the Irish rugby team touring the Christchurch central city Red Zone. The team is in Christchurch for a test match against the All Blacks at the new Christchurch Stadium. The video includes interviews with scrum coach Greg Feek and coach Declan Kidney. It also includes footage of Irish construction workers meeting the team in Cathedral Square.