Central Australia rattled by largest earthquake in 15 years

March 23, 2012AUSTRALIA A magnitude 6.1 earthquake (5.6 USGS), the biggest in the country for 15 years, has rattled Far North South Australia. The earthquake’s epicenter was recorded at shallow depth near Ernabella, 415km North West of Coober Pedy and about 320km south west of Alice Springs, just before 8pm. Geoscience Australia reported the quake could have been felt by people up to 500km away and damage experienced within a 40km radius of the epicenter. Geoscience Australia seismologist David Jepsen said the quake was the biggest in Australia in 15 years. “There are a number of Aboriginal communities near the epicenter and they would have felt the earthquake strongly,” he said. “It is possible there could be some minor damage up there. One of these in a major city would be a different story. “People as far north as Alice Springs and as far south as Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta could have felt this.”An SA Police spokesman said there had been no reports of damage or injuries. Dr. Jepsen said a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the same location about a week ago. The earthquake was the most powerful in Australia since a 6.3 magnitude quake off Collier Bay, on Western Australia’s north coast, on August 10, 1997. It is the second largest quake to be recorded in South Australia. The biggest was a 6.5 magnitude jolt near Beachport in the South East in 1897, which caused chaos at the nearby town of Kingston and was felt in Adelaide. A magnitude 3.3 quake rumbled through Adelaide on October 19 last year. –Herald Sun
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6 Responses to Central Australia rattled by largest earthquake in 15 years

  1. pagan66 says:

    That headline is wrong. Ernabella (Pukatja) is a very long way North from Adelaide. I know, I just came back from working on that community. Here, a couple hours North of Adelaide we felt nothing at all. Prayers to my friends.



  2. Shelgeyr says:

    I don’t mean to be snarky, but the phrase “Far North South Australia” caught my attention.

    Wouldn’t that be “Central Autralia”? Or has that term already been co-opted by a different area?

    Just wondering…


    • The article said ‘Far North South Australia’ but let’s call it ‘Central’ and call it a day.



    • Bone idle says:

      Technically both are correct. The event was located in the Far north of the State of South Australia but colloquially central Australia. 99% of Australian’s would call it Central Australia.
      Regardless it’s semi desert and sparsely populated out there.


  3. Niebo says:

    Aw. . .crap! And here I was, thinking that Australia was the last hope for refuge….


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