"Feb. 2011 earthquake: Liquefaction" Top 5 Page for this destination Christchurch Travelogue by Kakapo2

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As Christchurch was built on sand - on unstable ground, wetlands, you name it - the enormous ground acceleration liquefied the underground, meaning sand and water were separated, and gluey, grey silt was squeezed to the surface, shooting to the surface like thousands of erupting volcanoes, setting roads and properties under a huge layer of heavy silt.

The people shoveled silt from their properties and piled it along the streets.

Trucks picked up the silt and transported it to special dumps.

Neighbours helping each other. Also people from far away - farmers and student - came to the help of the not so fit Cantabrians.

Roads looked as if they had never ever been surfaced with tarseal or asphalt.

Water and sewerage pipes broke and set the cracked roads under water. On dry days Christchurch disappeared under clouds of dust.

The remains of a freshly planted garden in Antigua Street.

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