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Media Release

Earthquake causes damage in Kalgoorlie Boulder
Tuesday 20 April 2010 – 11:40 AM
An earthquake that occurred approximately one to two kilometres south west of Kalgoorlie City centre in Boulder has caused localised damage.


Around a dozen buildings have been damaged in Boulder predominantly on Burt, Moran and Piesse Streets.



A balcony has collapsed at the Golden Eagle Hotel on Lionel Street and there has been damage to the Rock Hotel on Burt Street.


There has been severe structural damage to Boulder Primary School including a ceiling collapse. Students and teachers have moved to a safer part of the school but parents are welcome to collect their children.


There has been minor damage to other schools including O’Connor Primary School, North Kalgoorlie Primary School, Kalgoorlie Primary School and Kalgoorlie School of Air. Students at these schools are unaffected and the schools remain open.


Firefighters have attended to a gas leak on Hopkins Street.



Two people from Boulder have been treated for minor injuries at Kalgoorlie Hospital.  



People impacted by the earthquake are asked to:

  • Expect aftershocks - these are smaller than the main earthquake but may cause more damage to weakened structures
  • Be careful of downed powerlines and falling debris
  • Turn off electricity, gas and water
  • Do not use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames due to the potential of flammable gas.
  • Clean up potentially harmful materials and/or medicines which may have spilled

Career Fire and Rescue Service Firefighters and FESA’s State Emergency Service (SES) are currently assessing damage and assisting the community.


Several agencies are working with FESA including WA Police, Main Roads WA and Local Government, Alinta Gas and Western Power.


WA Police have closed a number of roads including:

  • Burt Street
  • Moran Street
  • Piesse Street
  • Lionel Street
  • Lane Street
  • Hamilton Street

Contact Main Roads WA on 138 138 for information about road conditions. 


Do not approach fallen power lines, they are dangerous and should always be treated as live. Call Western Power on 13 13 51 to report downed power lines.


People who need assistance can call the SES on 132 500. In a life threatening emergency call 000.


This information is also available by calling 1300 657 209 or visiting www.fesa.wa.gov.au




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