Thursday, July 30, 2015

Earthquake hits Australia's Queensland (local time: 09:41)

An earthquake hit the populous area of the southeastern part of Australia's Queensland state on Thursday morning, lasting 15 seconds and shaking and rocking buildings.

No damage has so far been reported, but residents flooded talk- back radio and social media describing how their homes rocked and household items fell to the floor.

Social media went into overdrive just before 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, with people saying they felt tremors that shook their houses in Brisbane, the Sunshine Coast, Wide Bay and Gold Coast hinterland.

Earthquake monitoring body Geoscience Australia confirmed a magnitude 5.3 quake occurred at 9:41 a.m. local time.

Australian Eastern Standard Time in the Coral Sea, off Hervey Bay, at a depth of 35 km.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there is no tsunami threat to the Australian east coast. 

  Xinhua -
  • Magnitude    mb 5.7
Date time    2015-07-29 23:41:42.9 UTC
Location    25.37 S ; 154.28 E
Depth    33 km

    988 km N of Sydney, Australia / pop: 4,394,576 / local time: 09:41:42.9 2015-07-30
264 km NE of Brisbane, Australia / pop: 958,504 / local time: 09:41:42.9 2015-07-30
133 km NE of Rainbow Beach, Australia / pop: 88,946 / local time: 09:41:42.9 2015-07-30


  • M5.7 - 124km ENE of Rainbow Beach, Australia...

Nearby Cities

  1. 124km (77mi) ENE of Rainbow Beach, Australia
  2. 136km (85mi) E of Torquay, Australia
  3. 149km (93mi) NE of Noosa Heads, Australia
  4. 152km (94mi) E of Maryborough, Australia
  5. 254km (158mi) NNE of Brisbane, Australia


1 comment:

  1. A moderate 5.3-magnitude earthquake on Thursday struck Australia's northeast Queensland state...

    "The earthquake struck off the coast of Fraser Island at 9.14am (local time). However there is no tsunami threat to Australia," Bureau of Meteorology said.

    According to media reports, quake was felt in Bundaberg where residents reported buildings swaying. Reports of tremors also came from Yeppoon, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane and Gold Coast.

    Evacuations were also carried out in the Wide Bay city including the seven-storey Auswide Bank building.

    Geoscience Australia confirmed the earthquake struck at a depth of 35 kilometres but there's little chance of a tsunami threat to the east coast.

    "Our concern is if it occurred right on the shelf, which does have the possibility of inducing a sub-marine landslide and that can induce a local tsunami," senior seismologist John Bathgate said.

    "But it doesn't appear to have occurred at this stage," he said.

    Due to the relatively large size of the quake in Australia's least seismic state, Bathgate said it was more likely to produce after-shocks.

    "Each earthquake is different and we can't predict what may follow but I would expect some aftershock activity," he said.


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