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Earthquake

When the ground starts to shake, will you and your family know what to do?

Earthquakes happen when cracks in the earth’s surface (called fault lines) move and break under stress.

Vibrations (called seismic waves) ripple out from the where these rocks break and can cause the ground to shake and tremble.

The shaking can last from a few seconds to a few minutes and may be followed by a series of aftershocks.

Earthquakes can be felt hundreds of kilometres away from it where began (called the epicentre) but this will depend on its size (or magnitude).Earthquakes have the potential to cause major damage and loss of life, and as they are random events they are difficult to prepare for.

Unlike other natural hazards, earthquakes don’t happen at a certain time of year or because of dangerous weather. They happen at any time, without warning and cannot be stopped or kept under control.

You may not realise it but Western Australia is rattled by an earthquake nearly every day. We don’t feel every small tremor that happens, but the larger earthquakes are powerful enough to cause serious damage to buildings and roads, putting our community’s safety at risk.

If you live in an area that has experienced earthquakes before, you are more at risk and should be prepared for it to happen again. By making an earthquake plan with your family, you’ll be prepared and know how to stay safe when the ground starts shaking.

Download a copy of the Earthquake Fact Sheet.