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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.

On This Day……… 5th April 1925

Wangaratta

There was great excitement in Wangaratta on this day 1925. The huge water tank which towered over nearby homes in Docker Street near the railway lane collapsed. There had been concerns during the building of the tank that all was not well and that it wasn’t up to standard, and the tank proved critics right, although there were suggestions the filling of the tank had been carried out correctly. Quite suddenly, without warning the tank fell to earth with such a resounding thump that Wangaratta resident thought there had been an earthquake. As it collapsed, it brought down power lines, blacking out parts of town, and narrowly missing the McDonalds house.

 

 

On this day ………… 27th February 1868

As earthquake go, it wasn’t all that big, lasting only four or five seconds, but there was much shaking of building and rattling of crockery and a distant rumbling, on this day in 1868. The shock waves, which appeared to move in a north to south direction, were felt in most parts of the North East Victoria – Beechworth, Stanley, Chiltern and Wangaratta all reported tremor. Old hands weren’t overly disturbed by the incident, particularly those having experienced an earlier earthquake which rolled across from the Campaspe to the Murray in 1858. It caughtMr. maiden rowing across the river near present day Moama, and, according to stories at the time, the tidal wave generated by the quake almost overturned his boat.

 

 

On this day …….. 28th of December 1989

On this day in 1989, thirteen people were killed as Newcastle, New South Wales, is hit by an earthquake. Significant earthquakes in Australia are rare; however, on the 28th of December 1989, an exception to the norm occurred. Australia’s sixth-largest city, Newcastle, situated on the mid New South Wales coast, was hit at 10:27am by an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale. Effects of the quake were felt throughout central-eastern New South Wales. There were reports of damage to buildings in Scone, Gladstone and Sydney, the latter some 800km away. The shaking was even felt in tall buildings, in places over 5000km away. Thirteen people were killed, and 35,000 homes, 147 schools and 3,000 other structures in the region collapsed. Most damage, and the highest death toll, occurred at the Newcastle Workers Club when walls and multiple floors collapsed, dropping 300 tonnes of concrete onto the ground-floor car park. Nine people were killed in this one location alone. A US report on the earthquake suggested that the disaster was caused by stress resulting from 200 years of underground coal mining. Australian geoscientists disagree, claiming that the Hunter Valley has been prone to minor earthquakes for years. Other evidence suggests that the hypocentre of the earthquake lay too deep underground – 12 kilometres – for it to have been caused by mining.

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.

On This Day……… 5th April 1925

Wangaratta

There was great excitement in Wangaratta on this day 1925. The huge water tank which towered over nearby homes in Docker Street near the railway lane collapsed. There had been concerns during the building of the tank that all was not well and that it wasn’t up to standard, and the tank proved critics right, although there were suggestions the filling of the tank had been carried out correctly. Quite suddenly, without warning the tank fell to earth with such a resounding thump that Wangaratta resident thought there had been an earthquake. As it collapsed, it brought down power lines, blacking out parts of town, and narrowly missing the McDonalds house.

 

 

On this day ………… 27th February 1868

As earthquake go, it wasn’t all that big, lasting only four or five seconds, but there was much shaking of building and rattling of crockery and a distant rumbling, on this day in 1868. The shock waves, which appeared to move in a north to south direction, were felt in most parts of the North East Victoria – Beechworth, Stanley, Chiltern and Wangaratta all reported tremor. Old hands weren’t overly disturbed by the incident, particularly those having experienced an earlier earthquake which rolled across from the Campaspe to the Murray in 1858. It caughtMr. maiden rowing across the river near present day Moama, and, according to stories at the time, the tidal wave generated by the quake almost overturned his boat.

 

 

On this day …….. 28th of December 1989

On this day in 1989, thirteen people were killed as Newcastle, New South Wales, is hit by an earthquake. Significant earthquakes in Australia are rare; however, on the 28th of December 1989, an exception to the norm occurred. Australia’s sixth-largest city, Newcastle, situated on the mid New South Wales coast, was hit at 10:27am by an earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale. Effects of the quake were felt throughout central-eastern New South Wales. There were reports of damage to buildings in Scone, Gladstone and Sydney, the latter some 800km away. The shaking was even felt in tall buildings, in places over 5000km away. Thirteen people were killed, and 35,000 homes, 147 schools and 3,000 other structures in the region collapsed. Most damage, and the highest death toll, occurred at the Newcastle Workers Club when walls and multiple floors collapsed, dropping 300 tonnes of concrete onto the ground-floor car park. Nine people were killed in this one location alone. A US report on the earthquake suggested that the disaster was caused by stress resulting from 200 years of underground coal mining. Australian geoscientists disagree, claiming that the Hunter Valley has been prone to minor earthquakes for years. Other evidence suggests that the hypocentre of the earthquake lay too deep underground – 12 kilometres – for it to have been caused by mining.