"Kia Kaha" - On the cordon at Colombo/St Asaph
Venturing out to Sumner/Redcliffs
Along the road to Sumner, there were familiar signs of devastation to former landmarks...
Redirections, Munted Roads, and the Estuary
Taking a drive down main roads in Eastern Christchurch, the scale of the damage to the roading network becomes clear very quickly. What roads whose surfaces have not ruptured and/or needed urgent resealing work are bumpy as a bowl of lumpy custard: the earth's surface crumpled in weird and wacky ways.
The estuary, for many years the dumping ground for wastewater (usually post-"treatment", though as a result of recent events, apparently directly released) absolutely reeked today. It was absolutely terrible. Probably for the next few years at least, no high-school biology field trips will be able to visit the Estuary again, conducting line transects down the stinking shores. I can only offer my sympathy for the row of businesses pictured above, who have this stench blown at the everyday. Oh, and for the above-average flocks of birdlife sitting in this muck!
Further down the road, it's not hard to see the impact of the quakes on the roads and pavements which haven't been fixed up yet...
Redcliffs and Container Crates
Finally, the Sumner area; one of the main beaches for this area, though you'd be best advised to keep clear of the water for the immediate future (as if the mounds of debris on the sand weren't enough of a deterrent).
Assorted views from the road