Double 4.2 magnitude earthquakes rattle towns in Australia’s southeast

June 9, 2012 AUSTRALIA - Officials in the New England region of the Australian state of New South Wales are breathing a sigh of relief, with no major damage found from two earthquakes that hit on Friday night. Residents were shaken when two magnitude-4.2 quakes hit within a few minutes of each other. More than 400 people have reported feeling tremors or hearing loud noises. Many called police because they thought they were being robbed. Gunnedah Shire Mayor Adam Marshall says he has never heard of a tremor in the region before. “I guess no-one’s really thought about checking their insurance policy for anything like earthquake damage,” he said. But there have been no reports so far of damage beyond a few windows in need of replacement. Resident Jeff Silvey says it sounded like a jumbo jet and it set off dogs barking all along his street. “I thought it was just a jumbo jet but then everyone else started texting saying no it’s an earthquake,” he said. “The whole house shook and all the windows and even the dogs got scared – we had to bring the dogs in.” The tremor was felt by residents as far away as the coastal town of South West Rocks, more than 200 kilometres from the quake’s epicenter. Geoscience Australia has warned there is a high chance of weaker aftershocks in the coming weeks. Jonathon Bathgate, a seismologist with Geoscience Australia, says the New England region has had a few earthquakes in the past 100 years. “There’s been about 13 of this sort of magnitude in that area in these sort of times,” he said. Mr. Bathgate says it is all to do with the underground plates Australia sits on. “The continent’s moving north at about seven centimetres every year and that just builds up stresses across the rocks. So the overall process is the same for big earthquakes,” he said. –Radio Australia
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11 Responses to Double 4.2 magnitude earthquakes rattle towns in Australia’s southeast

  1. krystal says:

    I’m noticing double earthquakes around the world lately… that is not a typical behavior of earthquakes, right? Normally it will strike once then aftershocks with smaller magnitude, am I wrong about this?

    • TF

      It’s not normal and shadow quakes are becoming more common. I first noticed the global pattern on April 4, 2010 when nearly earthquake had a corresponding counterpart. Imagine two tuning forks side by side. It has to do with something I call sympathetic seismic resonation and we’re going to get to the point before long where it’s the new norm.

  2. Lynne says:

    I live in Victoria, which is a state south of New South Wales, not a mention in the mainstream media of these events. Also the tornado in Perth didnt get a mention either. Interesting what the mainstream media define as news!! Honestly if you werent looking elsewhere you wouldnt know what was happening.

    • My my, Lynne. Please stay for dinner. I’m fortunate to have you.

      peace and love,
      Alvin

    • pagan66 says:

      I live in SA which is a state in the middle of Australia & both the above events were shown on the Adelaide news the evening they happened & were regularly updated in afternoon updates for the evening news. Not sure why the the TV stations didnt televise these events to the East coast, very strange because the Australian public thrives on disaster stories.

      • Cherrybaby says:

        I also live between Melbourne (Victoria) and Tasmania and saw both events on the news. It was definitely on TV.

  3. Melissa says:

    I think that’s the same guy that said there was an earthquake in the gulf of mexico like last week (someone posted it on here)… never saw what he was saying… but o…k…

    Alvin, what do you think about this?

  4. Katherine says:

    Could all this extra quake activity be linked to the shrinking and melting of the north and south ice caps (seasonally)? Ice expands, then melts away. The caps must be jamming the tectonic plates together pretty tightly. As they shrink there is more room for the plates to move; as they freeze again, the plates have been repositioned and shoved a little in a different direction. Food for thought.

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