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14 October - Earthquake hits Meckering in Western Australia

Unread postby Max ADU » Sun Oct 13, 2013 9:06 pm

Today in Australian History
Monday, October 14, 1968.

** see video below

The Western Australian town of Meckering suffers an earthquake which registers 6.9 on the Richter scale.
Meckering is a small town
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in the Avon valley region of Western Australia, about 130km east of Perth along the Great Eastern Highway and 24km west of Cunderdin.

The first name chosen for the townsite was Beebering, the Aboriginal name for the hills just north of the town.

The name of the town was changed to Meckering in 1897. Meckering is an Aboriginal word thought to mean "moon on the water" or "good hunting".

The Big Shake
At 10:59am on 14 October
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1968, the town of approximately 240 people was struck by an a 40-second earthquake which registered 6.9 on the Richter scale.

Buildings in the Perth area were damaged as a result of the earthquake, and tremors were felt as far away as Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Esperance, and Albany.

No deaths were reported, but the earthquake injured 17 people, and caused an estimated $2.2 million worth of damage, translating to around $8 million today.

The ground ruptured along a length of 40km, up to 1.5m wide and 2.4m high, and the evidence of this can be seen in the scar that still runs along the landscape today.

Watch on youtube.com
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Re: 14 October - Earthquake hits Meckering in Western Australia

Unread postby Max ADU » Fri Oct 31, 2014 2:27 pm

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