Everybody with a cellphone to a DSLR has been taking photos of the distruction, and I too succumbed to the pressure. Here are a few of those photos.
This photo is outside Iconic, one of the few central city bars open on the Thursday after the Quake. You can see the army personal at the cordon preventing people going any further down Manchester street.
By Friday the clean up is well underway. These three photos are from Riccarton Road.