Shaky start to Monday
Confusion kicks in before residents realise they just experienced a quake
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.
ALL SHOOK UP: Childers woman Nancy Ruttley and dog Jacko were up and about when the earthquake struck.