Mansfield Courier

Earthquake Q&A a success

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OVER 60 people registered and participat­ed in an online community forum hosted by Mansfield Shire Council.

The online community Q&A session featured guest speaker Dr Mark Quigley, Associate Professor in Earthquake Science at the University of Melbourne.

After a scientific presentati­on from Dr Quigley, the community asked questions that ranged from how likely another earthquake was to why dogs reacted before the tremor was felt by humans.

Mayor Mark Holcombe attended the community forum.

“We’re grateful to Dr Mark Quigley and his team for their interest in the earthquake and in our shire,” Cr Holcombe said.

“We are so appreciati­ve of the opportunit­y for our community to hear from the experts and get to ask questions that are on our minds after the earthquake.”

Dr Quigley explained that his team have installed seismomete­rs in the region that will accurately measure aftershock­s as they occur in the region.

While the forum was running, those seismomete­rs recorded an aftershock with a magnitude of 2.8.

Community member and the youngest participan­t, Jess, 9 years, noted that she felt the tremor in Jamieson and prompted the experts to check their instrument recordings.

The event was recorded and can be accessed via council’s YouTube channel.

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