Good evening from a hot and muggy Hastings.
As we had our Art Deco weekend here are some photos which are rather apt for Ailsa’s challenge.
As for my energy levels – after a massive beading week for my dress and then visiting the festivities in Napier I am drained. My feet are covered in blisters – I had to park miles away – I arrived too late. But it was a lot of fun. I was happy with my new camera, but I found that I had only taken 334 photos for both yesterday and today. I think it was because the lens was a lot faster than my old camera and so my success rate was a lot better.
I will do a separate post for my dress. It took a lot longer than expected and I don’t want to see another bead for a while – or thread another very fine needle. But I will leave all that for another day.
Today is the 4th anniversary of the Christchurch earthquake.
The February 2011 Christchurch earthquake was a powerful natural event that severely damaged New Zealand’s second-largest city, killing 185 people in one of the nation’s deadliest peacetime disasters.
The magnitude 6.3 (ML) earthquake struck the Canterbury Region in New Zealand’s South Island at 12:51 pm on Tuesday,22 February 2011 local time (23:51 21 February UTC). The earthquake was centred 2 kilometres (1.2 mi) west of the port town of Lyttelton, and 10 kilometres (6 mi) south-east of the centre of Christchurch, New Zealand’s second-most populous city. It followed nearly six months after the magnitude 7.1 Canterbury earthquake of 4 September 2010, which caused significant damage to Christchurch and the central Canterbury region, but no direct fatalities.
The earthquake caused widespread damage across Christchurch, especially in the central city and eastern suburbs, with damage exacerbated by buildings and infrastructure already being weakened by 4 September 2010 earthquake and its aftershocks. Significant liquefaction affected the eastern suburbs, producing around 400,000 tonnes of silt. The shallow earthquake was reported to be felt across the South Island and the lower and central North Island. While the initial quake only lasted around 10 seconds, the vicinity and depth of its location to Christchurch in addition to the previous quakes were the reason for so much destruction.
In total, 185 people were killed in the earthquake, making it the second-deadliest natural disaster recorded in New Zealand (after the 1931 Hawke’s Bay earthquake), and fourth-deadliest disaster of any kind recorded in New Zealand, with nationals from more than 20 countries among the victims. Over half of the deaths occurred in the six-storey Canterbury Television (CTV) Building, which collapsed and caught fire in the quake. The government declared a state of national emergency, which stayed in force until 30 April 2011.
The total cost to insurers of rebuilding was originally estimated at NZ$15 billion. At that point it was already predicted to be by far New Zealand’s costliest natural disaster, and the third-costliest earthquake (nominally) worldwide. But by April 2013, the total estimated cost had ballooned to $40 billion. Some economists have estimated it will take the New Zealand economy 50 to 100 years to completely recover. The earthquake was the most damaging in a year-long earthquake swarm affecting the Christchurch area. It was followed by a large aftershock on 13 June (which caused considerable additional damage) and a series of large shocks on 23 December 2011.
(courtesy of Wikipedia).
It is rather appropriate that today Napier celebrates Art Deco – rising up out of the ashes of the 1931 earthquake that devastated both Napier and Hastings. My heart goes out to those affected and the fact that there are still hold ups with insurance and other issues. So hopefully, in the future Christchurch can look back and see a new city rising from their tragedy.
The Art Deco weekend is not all about dressing up and having a jolly good time. The armed forces are honoured for their assistance following the earthquake. The HMS Veronica had just berthed in Port Ahuriri when the earthquake stroke and gave valuable assistance.
I have so much to catch up with on my reader so it is only likes at the moment.
Thanks for visiting.