Wednesday, 10 October 2007
Did the Earth Move For You?
I was happily in bed this morning listening to a Faith Addis's book Green Behind the Ears (yes I can read) when the earth moved. It was exceptional in that it was too early for a mine blast and also that there was no noise to go with it. This is the report that was released -
The quake in WA's southern Wheatbelt affected towns and properties in a 140 kilometre radius. (User submitted: Mari Walker)
Map: Kojonup 6395
An earthquake, which authorities describe as the biggest in four decades, has been recorded in Western Australia's southern Wheatbelt.
The quake measured 4.8 on the Richter scale and was centred just south of Katanning.
It was felt by people hundreds of kilometres away, from the nearby towns of Katanning and Kojonup all the way to Perth.
Retired Kojonup farmer Chris Evans says he noticed the quake just before 8am.
"The floor moved quite noticeably through the whole house," he said.
"I was sitting in the office chair on carpeted floor and I could feel it moving up and down."
Broome Hill resident Grant Taylor, whose house suffered minor damage, says he heard a deafening boom just before 8am.
"Mainly down one end of the house. There are some big cracks in the brickwork," he said.
GeoScience Australia's duty seismologist, Spiro Spiliopoulos, says it is the largest quake to hit the Great Southern in decades.
"It is the biggest earthquake in about 40 years so it is unusual in that regard," he said.
Dr Spiliopoulos says tremors were even felt in some high rise buildings in Perth, more than 270 kilometres away.
So there you go - just when I think that life is so ho hum, the earth moves and everything has a different slant. We are only here by the grace of geology. Just my humble heathen opinion so don't shoot me yet.