Recent Goldfields earthquakes a reminder to be prepared
impossible to predict, Geoscience Australia says the recent swarm of smaller
quakes could indicate potential for larger earthquakes in the future.
we recognise the Goldfields area does have a higher seismic risk than some other
places in WA, seismologists cannot predict when or where earthquakes of any
size may occur,” Geoscience Australia Duty Seismologist Steve Tatham said.
current activity however is quite similar to an earlier episode that occurred
during the mid to late eighties and so not unprecedented for the region.”
Goldfields, from Kalgoorlie and south to the Norseman area, has recorded an
average of 10 earthquakes of magnitude 2, 3 or greater per year over the past 30
alone has seen 47 earthquakes this year, with a 5.6 magnitude quake the state’s
strongest in almost 30 years.
Goldfields Superintendent Trevor Tasker said it was important to know what to
do before, during and after an earthquake.
have the potential to cause major damage and loss of life, so it’s important to
be prepared,” Superintendent Tasker said.
ready now so you and your family know what to do to stay safe when an
Tasker said there were simple things people could do to prepare.
to your family about where you’ll meet if separated by an earthquake and prepare
an emergency kit that will last you for several days,” he said.
safest, strongest part of your house where you can shelter if a quake occurs,
and remember to check that your insurance covers earthquake damage.”
Australia has the highest incidence of earthquakes in Australia and has
recorded some of mainland Australia’s most powerful earthquakes.
information about what to do before, during and after an earthquake, visit www.dfes.wa.gov.au/safetyinformation/earthquake