Aftershocks Still Damaging Christchurch Cathedral

The plan remains to deconstruct it. Leaders of the Anglican diocese and architects are touring some of the world's great cathedrals to develop ideas for rebuilding.

Visiting the fabulous La Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona impressed the delegation from Christchurch, New Zealand's Anglican diocese, who are visiting 12 great cathedrals around the world to develop ideas for rebuilding their own. A February 2011 earthquake damaged the Christchurch cathedral so badly that diocesan officials decided to "deconstruct" it down to a level of 2-3 meters for safety reasons.

They reported it suffered additional damage from a 5.2 aftershock May 25: "Since Friday there is more noticeable bowing in the walls, especially towards the southern end of the Cathedral. More stone has also fallen. This aftershock was in the range forecast by the scientific experts. The proposed plans for deconstruction of the Cathedral, in terms of safety, have to take into account this ongoing seismic activity," one of the reports states.

Modern tower cranes and workers wearing PPE are raising the Sagrada Familia spires ever higher.

The deconstruction plan has not yet been approved; it will take more than a year. Besides architect Antonio Gaudi's unfinished masterpiece in Barcelona, the delegation is visiting St. Martin-in-the-Fields in London and Coventry Cathedral; the Jubilee Church in Rome; the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, Calif., which was built after the previous cathedral was damaged in the October 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake; and two strikingly different San Francisco cathedrals -- the Cathedral of St. Mary of the Assumption and Grace Cathedral. The diocese is posting comments from members of the delegation about them to keep parishioners informed.

Download Center

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • COVID Return-to-Work Checklist, Fall 2021

    Use this checklist as an aid to help your organization return to work during the COVID-19 pandemic in a safe and healthy manner.

  • SDS Buyer's Guide

    Learn to make informed decisions while searching for SDS Management Software.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Industry Safe

Featured Whitepapers

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2021

    November December 2021

    Featuring:

    • GAS DETECTION
      How to Streamline Gas Detector Maintenance
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      How PPE Can Help You Deal with the Harsh Condition of Winter
    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Tackling Hearing Protection in the Workplace
    View This Issue