Earthquake hits Perth on Friday morning

Earthquake hits Perth on Friday morning

Western Australia earthquake: Albany, Ocean Beach, Kentdale feel tremors

WA NewsEarthquake at Lake Muir shakes Perth and WAs South WestBen AndersonThe West Australian Friday, 9 November 2018 5:25AM Email Ben AndersonEarthquake shakes Perth and WA's SouthThe West AustralianPlay VideoVideoA 5.4 magnitude quake struck between Manjimup and Walpole just after 5amShare to FacebookShare to TwitterEmail UsLink IconAn earthquake has struck the South West on Friday morning.

Geoscience Australia confirmed the 5.4 magnitude earthquake happened at Lake Muir near Walpole at 5.06am.

“Normally they dont occur so frequently one after another … normally theres a little bit of time between them, but its just a consequence of the fact that the tectonic plates that make up the earths surface are moving all the time.

The tremor follows a series of nine smaller rumbles from the region overnight, the largest of which was magnitude 3.6.

Professor Chris Elders from Curtin Universitys School of Earth and Planetary Sciences said there would certainly be aftershocks from the earthquake, but it was very difficult to predict what size they would be.

Camera IconThe earthquake shattered the exterior walls on this building in Kojonup.Picture: Parminder singh ManjCamera IconDamage to a fence in Kojonup.Picture: Parminder Singh ManjLoading content…Loading content…Manjimup resident Kent Roberts told 6PR he had never felt anything like it.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said there was a “little bit of increased activity” around Lake Muir following the magnitude-5.7 earthquake in September.

AN EARTHQUAKE has hit parts of Western Australia this morning, waking thousands of people up as tremors shook their homes.

“Most of them are very small … [and] wont have been felt, but when we start to get into the threes and higher is when they really start to be felt by the public.”

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“So the activity has been fairly consistent over the last few months in that area, and weve located more than 600 earthquakes in that period.

THOUSANDS of West Australians woke to an earthquake early this morning, with tremors being felt across the states southwest.

The 5.4-magnitude quake struck in Kojonup with residents between Perth and Albany waking up to their homes shaking just after 5am WA time.

“All we can really do is understand areas that are prone to earthquake risk and be prepared for an earthquake when it might happen.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre detected the earthquake and confirmed there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

Kojanup resident Jane Beswick, who lives about 150 kilometres away from where the latest quake struck, said she was also woken up.

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“Prior to this magnitude-5.4, the largest earthquake in the aftershock sequence was a 4.6 that occurred on October 12,” he said.

Earlier this week, new research from Geoscience Australia showed the threat of tsunamis is one Australia should be taking very seriously.

It is the second large earthquake to hit the Lake Muir area within two months, following a magnitude-5.7 tremor on September 16.

Its Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment (PTHA) released this week shows which parts of the country are most likely to be hit and includes data for more than 500,000 possible earthquake and tsunami scenarios in Australia.

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The northwest coast of Western Australia is particularly at risk, according to the research, because of proximity to Indonesia’s active and turbulent earthquake zone — making it far more likely to be struck than the rest of the country.

The earthquake struck just near Walpole just after 5:00am, with people feeling its effects as far away as Perth and Albany.

The data shows 500,000 possible earthquake and tsunami scenarios in Australia. Picture: BOMSource:Supplied

The latest tsunami hazard modelling created by Geoscience Australia updates data from a decade ago, and will be used in disaster risk management, evacuation plans and infrastructure planning.

A magnitude-5.4 earthquake has hit the Lake Muir area in Western Australias south-west, about 330 kilometres from Perth.

Although the possibility of a tsunami hitting the WA coast remains low, there have been more than 50 recorded tsunami incidents in Australia since European settlement with the largest impacts in that region, Northern Australia Minister Matt Canavan said in a statement on Monday.

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