Christchurch man's drone footage captures extent of massive quake canyon
Drone pilot Peter Turner has never seen anything like the whopping new canyon he captured near quake-hit Waiau.
The new 800-metre-long, 50m-deep landmark is the result of the destructive magnitude-7.8 earthquake that ripped through North Canterbury this month.
Turner, who shot the footage for Turners Media Productions, drove his truck right up to the new cliff face and let his drone do the rest of the work.
"I've never seen anything like it . . . I wasn't expecting to see what I saw.
"I had to operate the drone, so I was quite nervous about the whole thing, to be fair."
The new canyon was typical of damage to people's properties in the area.
"There are lots of other properties all around the area that are devastated," Turner said.
The canyon was about 600m to 800m long.
"It would be an easy 50m metres deep at the bottom of it," Turner estimated.
"It's just gone . . . There's obviously must have been a huge crack half a mile into the ground that everything just fell into."
It was not until Turner watched the video on his big screen at home that he realised the extent of the canyon.
"When I operate I just look at my screen a lot of the time . . . I don't really look at the whole scene," he said, adding he always maintained a line of sight while flying.
"I got home and I was like 'what the f....'. I was quite excited."