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Christchurch In Ruins

By CainPascoe
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While in Christchurch, New Zealand I took the opportunity to take a look around the city centre which was most effected by the earthquake. It was quite surreal walking through the streets and hardly seeing a soul or hearing the thousands of cars buzzing by that you usually expect in such a place. I felt like I was on the set of a post-apocalyptic movie scene, half-expecting zombies to jump out of the debris!

Check out the set I have on flickr for more shots of the devastation - [link]


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Canon EOS 5D Mark II
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Date Taken
May 17, 2011, 9:52:56 AM
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OpserStencils's avatar
Check out my stencil art of this beautiful building ;)
Microscopics-UNTD's avatar
Man I feel so sorry for poor Christchurch and its people. I hope and pray that the recovery effort has gone well. 
LauraDeSoleil's avatar
What a beautiful photo. What a tragedy that this happened to such a beautiful piece of history and architecture. I hope the city can rebuild.
Angelic-Painter's avatar
that cathedral is the same right now, as it is in the pic....they didn't do anything to it.

the city is practicly empty, bt they took a few containers and made shops LOL
ProlificConception's avatar
I know exactly what you mean by it feeling like you were walking through a post apocalyptic movie scene. I live in Christchurch and experienced the earthquakes, while trying to get home after the 6.3 in feb it felt like i was in the war of the worlds movie. its one of those moments you don't think you will ever experience. This is a wicked photo you've really captured the beauty with in the ruins. something ive been trying to do myself to make light of the horrible situation.

Good shit man
paintedbrain-nz's avatar
Holly crap it still hits hard that the catholic basilica is gone. I illustrated this building while I lived in Christchurch. I took my wife there on holiday not to long ago.

Great photo.
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magnificent photography, feels like I'm taking a glimpse at the Heaven. wonderful!!!
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February 22
A magnitude-6.3 earthquake rattles Christchurch, New Zealand, toppling buildings and claiming 181 lives.
Frozx398's avatar
wow!!! what a strong photo!
finding-equilibrium's avatar
Amazing photo, it really shows the earthquake well.
ningnomaningnong's avatar
lol....great picture. I live near Chch and only recently got up the courage to go see it for myself. It'd be nice if they rebuilt but with the quakes continuing I don't see it happening.
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Acidburn713's avatar
This made me so sad, that church was so beautiful, now it will never be the same. Even if they rebuild it.
arupbiswas's avatar
i gave it a "wow" for the jaw droping picture
MusicForTheDeaf's avatar
I had a project in school about the earthquake. Interesting to read your reflections about it :)
kristinstone's avatar
Awesome & Shocking Image!
templedragon's avatar
I shall be visiting NZ this March and hope to capture its beauty, even in ruin.
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AlephZ's avatar
excellent photo!
Art-Claws's avatar
have they ever rebuild it?
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