Sunday, April 17, 2011

11th April Barry Rowe SAR CHCH EARTHQUAKE

Barry Rowe spoke on his involvement with the tragic Christchurch Earthquake.
Barry is a volunteer member of the Civil Defence Urban Rescue Search and Rescue Team (USAR)
Barry is the team leader and has undertaken extensive training. Of course many of us know him for his expertise as a Registered Valuer for Duke and Cooke.
His series of slides showing the before and after the earthquake event was shocking. So many lovely old historic buildings are now just a fading memory.
However it was not just old stuff that hit the ground. His pictures inside iconic buildings such as Forsythe Barr and the big hotels indicated that when the big one comes there is not a lot that can be done to avoid damage. What the name of the game is to stop injuries and clearly the modern buildings performed well on that front but many will still have to be demolished because of the damage they sustained.
Liquefaction is a new term that many of us are now familiar with. I am attaching a document that Barry gave me on this subject. Of course having a container of the rotten stuff (sand) that Graham collected in one of his trips down there added to the understanding.
It was great getting the inside running on the various international rescue teams. Those teams clearly gave their best for us. Isn’t it great to know that the world from China to USA are prepared to help when the need is there.

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