The shattered remains of Christchurch's Catholic Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament.
The Cathedral was closed after the 4 September 2010 (7.1 magnitude) earthquake. Then 5 months later the 22 February 2011 (6.3 magnitude )earthquake collapsed the two bell towers at the front of the building and destabilised the dome. The dome was removed and the rear of the Cathedral was demolished. Whether the Cathedral is to be restored or demolished is yet to be decided.
A photo of the cathedral as it originally stood can be seen in the placard at the front. Today the side walls are being supported by shipping containers and hay bales are positioned between the walls and the containers to cushion the impact of the ongoing tremors.
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holmertz (45341) 2012-11-19 9:54
Surely this photo would have deserved some attention. This may be among the minor effects of the quake but it is still interesting to see the devastation, at least if you live in a country where no quake ever does more than rattle the glasses in the kitchen cupboards. It looks kinda desperate to have those containers protesting the remaining walls. The tilt (no doubt intentional) gives us some kind of feeling of experiencing the quake.
- Copyright: Marlene Fegan (mafegan) (8624)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-10-27
- Categories: Ruins
- Camera: Nikon D80 DSLR, Sigma 18-200 / 3.5-6.3
- Exposure: f/8, 1/800 seconds
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- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2012-11-17 15:45