Shock quake

‘The house shook and the win­dows rat­tled’

Central and North Burnett Times - - FRONT PAGE - ❏ Bran­don Livesay

IT SOUNDED like thun­der when a 3.5-mag­ni­tude earth­quake rocked Gayn­dah and Mun­dub­bera.

The tremor struck about 11km south of Gayn­dah at 6.17am yes­ter­day.

And peo­ple have re­ported feel­ing the earth­quake as far away as Monogorilby, Bin­jour, Coal­stoun Lakes and Eidsvold.

North Bur­nett Re­gional Coun­cil chief ex­ec­u­tive and dis­as­ter co-or­di­na­tor Mark Pitt said no dam­age had been re­ported.

“We are do­ing struc­tural checks for key in­fra­struc­ture,” he said.

“It’s pre­cau­tion­ary. We don’t ex­pect to find any prob­lems.”

At Cooranga, south of Mun­dub­bera, Roslyn Berthelsen heard two large bangs as her house shook with the tremor.

“It scared the liv­ing day­lights out of me,” she said.

“We have had them be­fore here… but this is the loud­est I have ever heard.”

Su­san Payne said she “felt and heard it at Monogorilby”, lo­cated 85km south-west of Mun­dub­bera.

Gayn­dah res­i­dent Belinda Ryan said she was out­side when she heard a loud noise, think­ing it was thun­der or a pass­ing truck.

“It started like thun­der. It was really loud,” she said.

Learne Sims from Mun­dub­bera said “I heard a low rum­ble and the house shook and the win­dows rat­tled”.

The loud rum­bling was also heard by Carol Mered­ith of Bin­jour.

“And you could feel it un­der your feet,” she said.

The Cen­tral and North Bur­nett has a his­tory of seis­mic ac­tiv­ity.

The Na­tional Earth­quake Data­base lists 59 earth­quake epi­cen­tres in the re­gion.

In 1935 an earth­quake re­ported to have been be­tween 5.5 and 6.1-mag­ni­tude struck near Gayn­dah, caus­ing dam­age to Gayn­dah and Monto build­ings.

It was felt from Bris­bane to Rockhampton.

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