Re­gional ar­eas rat­tled by 5.7 earth­quake

Albany Extra - - News - Toby Hussey and Saskia Adysti

The big­gest West Aus­tralian earth­quake in 20 years rat­tled homes across the South West on Sun­day af­ter­noon, with peo­ple feel­ing the tremors from Perth to Al­bany.

Walls shook and win­dows bowed in the 5.7 mag­ni­tude earth­quake, which took place near Lake Muir about 124km north­west of Al­bany at 12.56pm.

It was the sev­enth earth­quake in WA this month, and the fifth­biggest on record.

The tremors could be felt over a 300km ra­dius and were picked up by 13 re­port­ing sta­tions in WA and South Aus­tralia.

It pre­ceded four tremors, in the same area, from Sun­day to Wed­nes­day.

No in­jury or dam­age is known to have oc­curred.

Se­nior seis­mol­o­gist at Geo­science Aus­tralia Phil Cum­mins, who spoke be­fore the earth­quake was up­graded from a 5.6 mag­ni­tude to a 5.7, said one that size was rare in Aus­tralia.

“A 5.6 quake is quite large — you might get a 5.6 ev­ery few years in Aus­tralia,” he said.

As the quake’s epi­cen­tre was in a re­mote part of WA where there were few build­ings it was un­likely to cause any se­ri­ous dam­age.

Mr Cum­mins said af­ter­shocks may be felt for sev­eral weeks.

“It’s al­ways pos­si­ble these could be lead­ing up to some­thing big­ger, but I think it’s more likely we’ll see a de­crease in size and fre­quency,” he said.

“It’s dif­fi­cult to say if it’s ran­dom sta­tis­ti­cal clus­ter­ing or if there is some­thing else go­ing on.”

Walpole IGA man­ager James Grif­fiths said his shop, which was about 50km away from the epi­cen­tre, shook for sev­eral mo­ments dur­ing the big­ger earth­quake.

“It was quite a sub­stan­tial shake,” he said.

“It re­ally rat­tled the whole shop and you could hear it quite well.

“It was also felt in other places. One of my staff who were at their house in Myalup, heard it there.”

The earth­quake could be felt from Perth to Hopetoun.

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