Administrator’s note: I’m front-paging this post for the time being, because its comments section has unexpectedly become such an extraordinary source of direct reporting from Christchurch.
It appears that most of those killed by the devastating earthquake that hit Christchurch, New Zealand, were inside modern structures built to strict standards. The latest reports are that none of the 100 people believed to be inside the CTV building when it collapsed during the quake survived.
The CTV building pre-quake:
The remains of the CTV building after the quake:
I can’t find a pre-quake photo of the Pyne Gould Guinness building, but here is what is left of it after the quake:
The Hotel Grand Chancellor has apparently shifted off its under-pinnings and is now in danger of collapse:
[UPDATE:] Damage to Hotel Grand Chancellor apparent in photo found on internet below. If the building doesn’t collapse on its own, it will have to be demolished.
[UPDATE 2:] Check out the Highly Allocthonous blog, where geologist Chris Rowan, a specialist in tectonics, provides informed discussion, maps, graphs, photos and videos from a variety of sources about both the February and September Christchurch earthquakes. (Don’t overlook his first post about the February earthquake.) The links provided are outstanding.