I’m a bit late with this. It’s actually already Friday here, but somewhere in the world it is still Thursday. #Firsttoseethesun.
What is worse than a million books on the floor?
A million books on the floor twice.
This actually happened here in Christchurch. When the September 2010 earthquake struck, the majority of the shelves in the University libraries experienced a domino effect. Thank goodness it was 4.35am at the time. The books came flying off any shelves that were left standing. Sensibly, the library realised they needed better shelving with special wires to stop the books falling out. So, they ordered a bunch of new ones that could be tethered in place preventing the domino effect. Unfortunately they couldn’t just leave all the books on the floor in the meantime. So the poor librarians had to methodically pick up the estimated 1 million books, check them for damage, and place them back into the shelves, waiting for the arrival of the new units.
But before the new units arrived, the February 2011 “aftershock” struck, much stronger in force, centred directly under the city. And so, back to square one. Whilst no one was injured in the library, this earthquake caused significant damage to the inner city, including the devastating collapse of several large office buildings.
And yes, Mr NW’s meticulously organised bookshelf toppled too.
But, if you thought that was bad…at least books don’t smash.