Dam­age could’ve been worse

5.1would hit a city hard

Isis Town and Country - - News - By JIM ALOUAT

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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PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FAR REACH­ING: With its epi­cen­tre near Eidsvold, the earth­quake was felt in a ra­dius of more than 200km.

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