Shaky start to Mon­day

Con­fu­sion kicks in be­fore res­i­dents re­alise they just ex­pe­ri­enced a quake

Isis Town and Country - - Front Page - By MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

AN EARLY morn­ing cof­fee al­most ended in a few earth­quake-in­duced burns for Nancy Rut­t­ley.

Mrs Rut­t­ley was up and wan­der­ing about her Fed­eral St home just be­fore 2am when she de­cided a warm drink was in or­der.

It was just an­other cof­fee for Mrs Rut­t­ley un­til she sat in her lounge chair about 1.56am, when putting the cup down on the ta­ble be­side her proved to be a clever move.

“For­tu­nately I’d put it down be­side me be­cause the next thing there was this dull bang,” Mrs Rut­t­ley said.

“Then there was this scrap­ing sound I can’t de­scribe. I thought some­one smashed into the side wall.”

Had ev­ery­one’s first im­pres­sions been cor­rect there would have been hun­dreds of crashes across the Bund­aberg re­gion but the true an­swer came from just out­side Eidsvold.

What Mrs Rut­t­ley and thou­sands of oth­ers from be­tween Rock­hamp­ton and Bris­bane felt was a 5.1-mag­ni­tude tremor.

“I looked out the win­dow at some­thing and when I turned back around the cof­fee had spilled out,” Mrs Rut­t­ley said.

“I woke up to the fact I’d been in one here a few years ago.”

While it was easy for Mrs Rut­t­ley to work out what had hap­pened, her dog, Jacko, shot straight for the front door.

“He thought there was some­thing out­side but I opened it for him to have a look,” Mrs Rut­t­ley said.

“He barked a bit but he qui­etened down pretty quickly.”

Mrs Rut­t­ley said she took about half an hour to get back to sleep but for many across the Isis re­gion it was a case of jump­ing on so­cial me­dia.

Whether it was to con­firm they weren’t dreaming or to check on friends, Face­book lit up with hun­dreds of sto­ries.

Jess Gra­ham was awake feed­ing her new­born when the event struck.

“The thoughts that went through my head were crazy. Mud­slide, avalanche, some­one crash­ing in my house, then a quake,” she wrote.

“The noise and then the shak­ing/rat­tling (is) some­thing I will never for­get.”

Mar­i­anne Leth­bridge wrote of her “strange and odd ex­pe­ri­ence”.

“Doors and win­dows rat­tled, shad­ows on the walls moved in in­ex­pli­ca­ble waves,” she wrote.

“Out­side the night sounds, es­pe­cially those of an­i­mals and in­sects, am­pli­fied them­selves. Birds, dogs, poul­try, pigs all gave out alarm-type sounds.”

Jenny Gilbertson de­scribed how she was “up and out­side with torches” think­ing some­thing smashed into the side of the house, while Sum­mer McBryde said it was the first time she’d ex­pe­ri­enced any­thing like it in 26 years.

Childers res­i­dent Nancy Rut­t­ley For­tu­nately I’d put it down be­side me be­cause the next thing there was this dull bang.

PHOTO: MATTHEW MCIN­ER­NEY

ALL SHOOK UP: Childers woman Nancy Rut­t­ley and dog Jacko were up and about when the earth­quake struck.

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