You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Road closed over building collapse fears

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 15/11/2016 Sean Martin
A firefighter looks up at the building in Molesworth St at risk of collapse. © Nick Perry / AP Photo A firefighter looks up at the building in Molesworth St at risk of collapse.

Part of central Wellington street remains cordoned off over fears an earthquake-damaged building could collapse.

The vacant eight-level office tower at 61Molesworth St was structurally damaged in Monday's 7.5-magnitude quake but it was only noticed by a passer-by late on Tuesday afternoon.

Fire Service assistant national commander Brendan Nally said a major structural beam above the fifth floor has been shorn.

"It looks somewhat like a broken bone in the leg," he told journalists.

"It has fractured through. It's a major supporting beam."

The building was undergoing renovation and was vacant.

Prime Property Group said on its website that the block was due to be refurbished and strengthened to 100 per cent of the new building standard.

People in other buildings around the area, including NZ Rugby Union's headquarters, molesthe New Zealand Red Cross headquarters and the Thai Embassy were evacuated as a result.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon