Damage could’ve been worse
5.1would hit a city hard
WITH the Eidsvold region riddled with fault lines and high seismic activity, a Geoscience Australia seismologist said Monday morning’s earthquake could have been worse.
According to Hugh Glanville, the 5.1-magnitude quake could have been more damaging had its epicentre hit a busy city, such as the 5.6-magnitude quake that struck Newcastle in 1989.
Mr Glanville said Geoscience Australia had received thousands of reports from across Queensland.
“It has been felt really widely – more than 200km away north up to Rockhampton and south to Brisbane,” he said.
“There have been at least 10 aftershocks measured at this stage, which is quite common for an earthquake of this size.
“Because of that we are going to deploy some temporary seismologists to the area to measure the aftershocks and further analyse them.”
However Central Queensland Seismic Research Group leader Mike Turnbull believed the magnitude for the quake was much higher.
“According to Kevin McCue’s research, who’s a well-known seismologist in Australia, a 5.1-magnitude earthquake should only be felt at a 150km radius,” he said.
“If it was felt more than a 304km radius, it was bigger than a 5.1.”
Mr Turnbull said the region could expect similar type earthquakes about once every 35 years.
“This has happened in an area that is sparsely populated, so it hasn’t caused many problems,” he said.
“If this had occurred in the centre of Brisbane it would have been a different story.
“It was a Newcastle-type of earthquake.”
Bundaberg Mayor Mal Forman said Bundaberg Regional Council staff and other relevant agencies responded quickly and efficiently to the event.
“Within hours, council and local emergency services had verified that there was no threat to life, risk of a subsequent tsunami event or damage to any infrastructure,” he said.
“In any serious disaster situation the Bundaberg Local Disaster Management Group and the District Disaster Management Group would be activated.”
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FAR REACHING: With its epicentre near Eidsvold, the earthquake was felt in a radius of more than 200km.