19 September 2010
Earthquake damage in Christchurch – an ironic billboard
Posted by Dave Petley
This billboard, which predates the Darfield earthquake, was attached to a building in the Central Business District of Christchurch in New Zealand:
Do you think this is what they had in mind when they described the “open plan office with balcony access” and “cool funky office environment”?:
Seems like they need to seismically retrofit some of those old unreiforced masonry buidings like we've done here in California.
They have been doing it to alot of the older buildings, its compulsory if there is a change of use for the building. There's alot of old brick buildings they have been strengthened and are functioning normally – lucky, as alot of the cafes in the CBD are in old brick buildings!