In February 2011 a cataclysmic 6.3 earthquake struck Christchurch, New Zealand. Killing 165 people and devastating the central business district.
These photos were taken one year later and the CBD area was still fenced off and it was still forbidden to go into that area.
I don’t often take sad photos, I focus more on the beauty in this world, but Paula (Lost in translation) challenged us with the theme “forbidden”. It brought back into my memory these very sad photos of a beautiful city brought to its knees.
But I don’t like to finish on such a harrowing scene so I will show you the other side of the resilient Kiwi’s ingenuity.
This is also a year later, once the ground was cleared in this area, instead of waiting to rebuild, shipping containers were trucked in, painted bright, cheerful colours, shops were opened, coffee shops turned up, plants put along the street and into containers and business was resumed in the midst of all the devastation.
Way to go Kiwis, don’t you just love their spirit…
Here is the post I did when we visited Christchurch in 2012 https://pommepal.wordpress.com/2012/04/17/christchurch-new-zealand/