A 10-storey building in central Wellington is at significant risk of collapsing after Mondays 7.5 magnitude earthquake.
Molesworth Street, where the building is located, was cordoned off yesterday after engineers doing post-quake checks discovered a major structural beam had fractured “like a bone”.
Civil Defence said this morning there had been no further quakes that had threatened the structure of the building, but the cordons could stay in place for days, or even months.
The building will more than likely to come down as there has been movement below the building too.
People working at nearby buildings – including New Zealand Rugby House, St Paul’s Cathedral and the Thai Embassy – were hurriedly told to evacuate yesterday, and it was unlikely they would be allowed back in today.
Another nearby street in Wellington has also been closed because of concerns debris may fall off a building.
Civil Defence has cordoned off Pipetea Road in the central city, as it was worried about the front of Pipetea House – the offices of the Security Intelligence Service.