Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story

On the 22nd of February 2011 Christchurch, New Zealand suffered an earthquake that measured 6.3 on the richter scale.  One hundred and eighty-five people lost their lives in the earthquake.

Over the last three and a half years there has been a lot of change in Christchurch and there have been lots of powerful images of the earthquake and its after effects. On a recent return to my home town I took a number of photos on my iPhone.  The photo below is of a site that used to be the location of the PriceWaterhouseCoopers building one of the highest buildings in the city.




Weekly Photo Challenge


5 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Split-Second Story”

    1. Thanks for the comment. To put a positive spin on the photo – the damage was such that the building had to come down so the city is now in a safer position and enables progress to the next phase of rebuilding.

  1. We’ve family in New Zealand and seeing your photograph immediately brings back the worried memories when news of the earthquake reached us. This is a fantastic contribution to the “split-second story” photo challenge!

    1. Many thanks for the comment. I lived in Christchurch until three weeks before the February earthquake and I return to Christchurch episodically for visits. It is going to be a long time before things are sorted out but I can see progress is happening. There was a phase when I thought Christchurch CBD looked like a war zone – now the over-riding for me is much empty space. I would like to think good progress is made to develop a new Christchurch but in reality there is a long way to go.

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