New South Wales Snowy Mountains rattled by tremor

March 13, 2012AUSTRALIA People in the New South Wales Snowy Mountains are reporting what they say is an earth tremor. Residents at Jindabyne say the earth was shaking around the Kalkite area, on the shores of Lake Jindabyne early this morning. Jim Crocker from the Jindabyne township says the tremor took him by surprise. But he says earth movements are not uncommon when the lake is full. “About 5.20am (AEST) I was laying in bed contemplating getting out and all of a sudden there was an almighty bang and then it rumbled away up towards Kalkite area.,” Mr Crocker said. “We have had these experiences, these tremors in past years and they normally occur round about when we have full lake levels.” –ABC
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6 Responses to New South Wales Snowy Mountains rattled by tremor

  1. Irene C says:

    I hope this isn’t a dumb question, but how do full lake levels cause tremors?


  2. Katherine says:

    Probably because the lake is full at the end of summer when all the snow from the previous year has melted; and also the ice between the rock crevices in the ground has melted, causing the rocks to shift.


  3. Gen says:

    2.1 15 March 2012 @ 03:54:13 UTC -33.500 150.146 0 depth
    Lithgow, NSW. Yes significant. 140 km west of Sydney

    1.8 14 March 2012 @ 16:21:48 UTC -36.326 148.628 12 kms depth
    Jindabyne, NSW. Not significant

    Ongoing small quakes happening along the Great Dividing Range in NSW.


  4. Gen says:

    Yikes, now Central Australia

    4.3 16 March 2012 @ 11:24:39 UTC -26.155 132.010 20 km depth
    Northern Territory Border Region, South Australia. Yes significant.

    The bottom half of Australia on the Geoscience Australia site is starting to look like a Christmas tree lit up.


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