Earth­quake rocks south­ern WA

The West Australian - - NEWS - Shan­non Hamp­ton

It was a shaky early start yes­ter­day for thou­sands of res­i­dents from Al­bany to Perth who woke to their homes rat­tling in an earth­quake.

The 5.4 mag­ni­tude quake hit close to Lake Muir, near Walpole, about 330km south of Perth, at 5.07am.

Curtin Uni­ver­sity plate tec­ton­ics and struc­tural ge­ol­ogy ex­pert Pro­fes­sor Chris Elders said the epi­cen­tre was right next to that of Septem­ber’s 5.7 mag­ni­tude earth­quake, which was felt as far north as Perth.

“Both of those earthquakes are prob­a­bly oc­cur­ring on the same fault line,” he said. “In some ways it is a lit­tle bit like an af­ter­shock but it is un­usual in that it is al­most the same size as the orig­i­nal earth­quake.”

While there were re­ports of dam­age to a house and fence in Ko­jonup, the State Emer­gency Ser­vice said it did not re­spond to any calls for help.

Pro­fes­sor Elders said the area should ex­pect to feel af­ter­shocks over the next few days.

Walpole Ho­tel-Mo­tel man­ager Dee Hillin said she woke to her tim­ber home “rock­ing and rolling”. “It was just a mas­sive noise to start with, and ev­ery­thing started shak­ing and the win­dows were rat­tling,” she said.

“I lit­er­ally had paint­ings fall­ing off the wall.

“It lasted a good two min­utes . . . it was an ab­so­lute cracker of a shake. Even the rab­bits were run­ning away from un­der my house.”

Nat­acha Smit, of Da­lyellup in Bun­bury, said she was check­ing her emails on her phone when her solid wood bed started to move.

“I’m telling you it was not a mild shake,” she said. “I felt like there was a ghost mov­ing the bed. It was un­be­liev­able.”

Carol Kerr, of Suc­cess, said she was ly­ing in bed when it started mov­ing. “It was quite scary,” she said.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.