Inside Cracroft Caverns

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Inside Cracroft Caverns.


The Cracroft Caverns, also known as the Cashmere Caverns, were constructed in 1942 during World War II in response to the perceived threat of a Japanese invasion.They were re-discovered in 1987.  

The caverns are now in the ownership of the Christchurch City Council and used as a ring laser experimental laboratory set up by the University of Canterbury's Physics Department;.   Both the laboratory and the caverns are currently closed due to the Canterbury earthquakes. 

The photo shows one of the original reinforced concrete arches and the ring laser laboratory building inside the caverns.

Date taken: November 2002

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Inside Cracroft Caverns