Earthquake

Wellington building shutdown: Cinemas at risk in earthquake

Engineers who have assessed the Reading Cinemas building in Wellington say it is the cinemas themselves that are a risk in the event of a major earthquake. Photo: Google Maps The cinema complex on Courtenay Place was closed on Saturday because of the earthquake risk. Reading Cinemas’ engineers met with Wellington City Council officials yesterday, and detailed what was …

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Wellington’s movie street loses another cinema

It was the street that brought the Lord of the Rings premieres to life about two decades ago, but now Wellington’s Courtenay Place leaves a gap for movie buffs. Photo: Google Streetview Reading Cinemas suddenly announced on Saturday it was closing its building because of the earthquake risk. A draft engineering report prompted the move and now further …

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Wellington’s Reading cinema closes after earthquake report

The large Reading Cinemas complex on Courtenay Place has closed until further notice following an independent engineers’ report. Reading Cinemas on Courtenay Place. Photo: Google Maps In a post on social media, Reading Cinemas announced it would be closing the cinema complex out of “an abundance of caution”. The company said the draft report, which has not …

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Work delayed while Town Hall remains “Earthquake Prone”

Strengthening work on the Wellington Town Hall, which was due to begin before Christmas, has been delayed till next year. Photo: Wellington.scoop Wellington’s Town Hall complied with less that 33% of the new building standards introduced in 2009. The Town Hall sits on reclaimed land and is anchored on ageing, unreinforced piles. This combination can …

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Engineers warned council over quake-damaged building’s design

Wellington City Council went against engineering advice when it approved a major waterfront building that ended up irreparably damaged in the Kaikōura earthquake. RNZ story by reporter Phil Pennington BNZ Harbour Quays building. Photo: RNZ / Phil Pennington Engineers who appraised the building raised multiple concerns about the BNZ Harbour Quays including about how much it might …

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