6.9 earthquake rocks Meckering – Western Australian

On this day …….. 14th of October 1968

Meckering is a small town in the Avon valley region of Western Australia, about 130km east of Perth. At 10:59am on this day in 1968, the town of approximately 240 people was struck by an earthquake which registered 6.9 on the Richter scale. No deaths were reported, but the earthquake injured 17 people, and caused an estimated $2.2 million worth of damage, translating to around $5 million today. The ground ruptured along a length of 40km, up to 1.5m wide and 2.4m high, and the evidence of this can be seen in the scar that still runs along the landscape today.