Earthquake rocks southern WA
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.