Pickup Ripped From Quake-Damaged Garage and Dropped Six Storeys

StoryfulPublished: January 26, 20176 views
Published: January 26, 2017

A demolition crew working to knock down a multi-storey car park wrecked by New Zealand’s November 15 earthquake were filmed on January 26, using a long arm excavator to remove a pickup from the ruined building.

According to <a href="http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/nz-earthquake/88113506/demolition-of-earthquakehit-reading-car-park-in-wellington-begins-likely-to-take-three-months" target="_blank">a local news report</a>, the Reading car park was damaged when a 7.4 magnitude earthquake rocked the country, causing particular damage to Kaikoura.

In December, the New Zealand Herald <a href="http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11763219" target="_blank">reported</a> the building would be demolished because it had suffered severe structural damage and could no longer be safely entered.

Destruction of the building began on January 4. Shaun Preston, who filmed this video, said it would be a relief for the car owners despite seeing their cars mangled by the excavator and dropped to the ground.

“There were 5 cars still in the building that the owners were not allowed to remove as it was too dangerous,” Preston said. “The owners of the cars have had issues with their insurance companies as they were informed they won’t get a pay out on insurance until the cars have actually been destroyed.”

About 200 residents were asked to leave the area around the garage, which has been cordoned off for safety reasons, according to <a href="http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/321714/demolition-of-quake-damaged-carpark-starts" target="_blank">Radio NZ</a>.

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