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Posted at 1:45 PM ET, 03/ 1/2011

Christchurch: Before and after earthquake

By Jason Samenow


Last week, Steve Tracton shared climate researcher's Kevin Trenberth incredible eyewitness account of the devastating earthquake in Christchurch, New Zealand.

In separate correspondence, Kevin passed along an astonishing series of before and after photos of some well-known buildings in Christchurch, including only this commentary:

"It makes you appreciate how lucky we really are..."

All images in this post courtesy Kevin Trenberth. Keep reading for more photos...









By Jason Samenow  | March 1, 2011; 1:45 PM ET
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Is it ironic that the newest, most modern structures built to expert building codes and watched every step along the way of construction by building engineers were the structures that suffered the worst damage? Meanwhile structures hundreds of years old that were built to no building codes and had no computer diagrams or structural engineers to help design them fared much better?

Posted by: rwalker66 | March 1, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse


Posted by: ennepe68 | March 1, 2011 1:57 PM | Report abuse

that would be ironic. i'm not disputing it, but from where did you get that impression? i would think the type of ground things were built on and the materials used would have a huge effect on the amount of damage.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 1, 2011 3:19 PM | Report abuse

i don't think it's the case that old buildings did better than new ones. it's true that many buildings that were built to recent codes were damaged, but old ones were damaged even more so. i came across many articles with this same theme.

Posted by: walter-in-fallschurch | March 1, 2011 10:23 PM | Report abuse

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