Earthquake fails to stir up Fraser, Sunshine coasts

A magnitude 4 earthquake has struck off Fraser Island, at a depth of 10km.
A magnitude 4 earthquake has struck off Fraser Island, at a depth of 10km.

A MAGNITUDE 4 earthquake has struck off the Fraser Coast but residents on Fraser Island didn't feel a thing.

It follows a magnitude 5.5 quake reported 110km east of Fraser Island on August 1.

Geoscience Australia reports the quake struck at just at 11.06am and could be felt up to 62km away.

A taxi driver from Fraser Island, Lisa Walker, said while she was in Brisbane at the time of the quake, she had been in contact with her family and friends back home.  

"They didn't feel a thing," Mrs Walker said. 

Earlier Geoscience Australia reported they were contacted by people in Hervey Bay and on the Sunshine Coast saying that they felt the earth move.

Lynette Parker wrote on the Sunshine Coast Daily Facebook page that, "yes, felt a little shake" when asked if they experienced the quake.

Others said there was no sign of the tremors where they were.

Amanda Jones said, "Every single one we have had in the past 2 weeks I have not felt a thing".

Bev Wilson said: "I live at Cooloola Cove 20 mins from Rainbow Beach, did not feel a thing".

Melissa Close wrote: "We were walking the beach on Fraser and didn't feel it."


Did you feel the earth move under your feet? A magnitude 4.0 earthquake has struck off Fraser Island, with reports that...

Posted by Sunshine Coast Daily on Thursday, 13 August 2015

The quake struck at a depth of 10km, in a similar location to the August 1 tremor.

There appears to be some dispute over the quake's power, with the Seismology Research Centre recording the tremor as a magnitude 4.5.

A spokeswoman for Geoscience Australia said further analysis would be done on the quake, so the exact magnitude figure may change. She was also unable to say whether there was any risk of further tremors.

No tsunami warning has been issued.

A resident from Fraser Island, David Anderson, who is currently visiting Rainbow Beach, said he heard news of the earthquake. 

Mr Anderson said it wasn't likely Fraser Island residents and tourists on the island would have felt the effects of the quake. 




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