Feb 16, 2007
The impact of an earthquake which shook Western Australia's central coast overnight felt like a truck slamming into a house, according to a woman living near the quake's epicentre. Geoscience Australia located the 5.2-magnitude earthquake to waters off Shark Bay, 800km north of Perth. The quake caused no structural damage but was THE BIGGEST RECORDED IN THE AREA IN 50 YEARS. "On average, Australia has an earthquake of this size or larger every two years and they can occur anywhere in Australia." In 1989, a 5.6- magnitude earthquake at Newcastle, on the New South Wales central coast, killed 13 people and injured 160. Australia's largest known onshore earthquake occcured in 1941. It was a 6.9 magnitude tremor at Meeberrie, 250km southeast of Shark Bay. No one was reported killed or injured by that quake and damage was minimal because of its isolated location, but its effect was felt throughout most of the state.