Out of interest (What was the shaking)

Submitted: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:19
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Earthquake strikes west of Alice this morning...

Earthquake west of Alice

Enjoy your weekend, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: MUZBRY- Life member(Vic) - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:54

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 07:54
Good morning Baz
I suppose that would wake up two or three people.....
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Reply By: Member - JOHN C16 - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 08:57

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 08:57
I like the map of Australia the US Geological Survey uses. It looks like it was drawn in 1850. The "McDowell Range" in the Northern Territory does not look quite right. Perhaps they are waiting for an update from John McDouall Stuart.
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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 18:09

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 18:09
Regarding that hilarious "map" of Australia used by the Yanks, I guess detailed accurate maps are not necessary for an American Quarry nor Chinese Market Gardens

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Follow Up By: Member - Scrubby (VIC) - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 19:14

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 19:14
I reckon that is a great Map of Oz, no roads, all off-road, everywhere. yipppeee.


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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 09:21

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 09:21
dad1340....It's not McDonald, you can't get McWraps and Big Macs there, it's Macdonnell Ranges
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Follow Up By: dad1340 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:24

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:24
Doug; I've been to the Macdonnell Ranges mate ... twice.

The "McDonalds" Ranges was in context with the Australian government selling out the farm.

I tried to add some humour to a serious issue.

It was supposed to be McFunny

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Follow Up By: Life Member-Doug T NSW - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:28

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:28
dad1340...McThanks , I had a good McGrin ....McLMAO
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:50

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 17:50
You had both better learn how to spell the MacDonnell Ranges..... with a capital 'D'.
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Reply By: Ron N - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:12

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 14:12
I guess it woke up a few camels and cattle? Would hardly have been noticed except for the development around Uluru.

Not a lot of people know the biggest earthquake ever to hit Australia, hit Meeberrie in the Murchison (W.A.) area (Meeberrie station is 160kms N of Mullewa), on 29th April 1941.

This earthquake measured 7.2 on the Richter scale and would have caused massive damage in a heavily populated area.
As it was, it occurred in a very low population area and during the War when most able-bodied people had gravitated to, or been impressed into, military service.

The earthquake caused severe damage to the walls of the Meeberrie homestead, a number of water tanks burst - and later on, huge cracks that ran for kilometres were discovered in paddocks out from the homestead.

The Meeberrie earthquake was felt as far away as Perth, Albany, Norseman and Port Hedland.

Meeberrie earthquake

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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 19:57

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 19:57
Ron,
I experienced the Adelaide earthquake of 1953 and at 5.5 Richter is listed among Australia's Top Ten. I would describe it as....... an interesting experience. It did cause $90M damage.
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Follow Up By: Ron N - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 20:11

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 20:11
Allan, I worked right through the 6.9 Meckering earthquake, in Oct 1968 - driving a Cat dozer - and I never noticed a thing! LOL

I was working in the SE Wheatbelt about 160kms from Meckering at the time.
I remember it was a very pleasant Saturday morning, weatherwise - and the brother turned up about half an hour after the earthquake, asking if I'd felt the earthquake!
I didn't have a clue what he was talking about!

He'd driven into a neighbouring farm, canvassing for work, and he said as soon as he stepped out of the ute, the first thing startling thing he noticed, was a big water tank on a steel tankstand was rocking back and forth like crazy!
He said he thought he was seeing things, until the farmer ran out of the house with eyes like saucers!

My mum and Dad were living in Perth, on the banks of the upper part of the Swan River - and they were having a cuppa on their timber-floored big wide verandah at the time - and the old man said they saw a distinct wave travel through the verandah floor!

The Meckering earthquake did quite a bit of damage to numerous big Perth buildings, including the iconic stone Perth GPO in Forrest Place, which suffered extensive damage.



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Follow Up By: Member - Talawana - Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 23:18

Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 23:18
Thank you Ron for this video very very interesting you don't realise that we do get major earthquakes in Australia.
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Follow Up By: Motherhen - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 00:28

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 00:28
During the Meckering earthquake I was at hoe with my parents about 200 kilometres or so away, doing the washing, with our laundry being on a concrete verandah. It felt like I was standing on a boiling surface. Eventually a crack developed through the verandah and it remain a few millimetres higher one side of the crack. Then we heard on the radio about the damage at Meckering, and thought the reporters were grossly exaggerating. A lady on a nearby farm said she heard a noise that sounded like a train coming through, then felt the shaking. Although we'd had a number of minor earth tremors, we had not seen any real damage before in Western Australia.
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Follow Up By: Allan B (Member, SunCoast) - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 01:09

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 01:09
Like Motherhen's "lady on a nearby farm", I was woken by a rumbling noise several seconds before I felt any shaking. I had actually sat up in my bed and listening before the shaking arrived. The shaking lasted for maybe 5 or 6 seconds.

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Reply By: Member - pete g1 - Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 16:45

Sunday, May 22, 2016 at 16:45
per peter nicholson; superb Australian cartoonist of the 70's.

Gough and Margaret Whitlam were in China, when a big earthquake struck the town. His cartoon showed them cuddled up in bed, with Margaret asking Gough “Did the earth move for you too dear?” Talkback went ape and many people wrote to the editor, saying they would cancel their subscriptions because the cartoon was in such poor taste. Whitlam announced he liked the cartoon, and later would refer to the whole incident as if it somehow reflected favourably on his potency
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