Expert expects more earthquakes to hit Bundy
BUNDABERG residents had an early-morning shake-up after a 4.4-magnitude earthquake hit north-east of the region, off the coast of Agnes Water and Seventeen Seventy.
The quake happened about 1.30am on Sunday and could be felt up to 93km away from the epicentre.
It struck exactly one year to the day after a quake measuring 4.0 on the richter scale struck off the coast of Fraser Island.
That earthquake had followed two quakes, measuring 5.3 and 5.1, in the same area on August 1.
In total, ten earthquakes were recorded in the region last year.
And Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Marco Maldoni yesterday said there could be more on the way.
"Sometimes we see smaller series of earthquakes to follow, but it could be possible to have a bigger one,” Mr Maldoni said.
In the last 40 years there have been seven significant earthquakes in the region, with magnitude between 4.4 and 5.4.
"I wouldn't be surprised if there is more to come - but they are hard to predict,” Mr Maldoni said.
"When there has been an earthquake it increases the likelihood there will be more,” he said.
If stronger earthquakes were to follow, Mr Maldoni urged people to remain inside.
"The natural instinct is to run outside - but it's not the earthquake that kills people, it's the stuff that falls on them.”
"Find the strongest part of the house - arch ways, under a table or cornice areas - and stay there until it is over.”
By 9am on Sunday, Mr Maldoni said said Geoscience Australia had received 32 emails from people who felt the earth move.
Bundaberg residents took to social media to share what they felt this morning.
Bim Herd said she felt it while in bed, which had moved, and she heard the blind rattle.
"But wasn't major felt bigger shakes as I'm from New Zealand,” she wrote.
Britt Doble said she didn't feel a thing but her pet was acting peculiarly.
"I had our doggy inside and he woke me up pacing the room barking so maybe he did.”
Heather Parry said she felt it and it seemed to be very small.
"The mirror and blind were shaking making noise around 1.30am but it was very minor.”
SHAKING IT UP
Earthquakes in the region over the last 40 years:
- November 28, 1978: 5.2 magnitude off Heron Island
- October 30, 1984: 4.2 magnitude at Murgon
- February 8, 1985: 4.9 magnitude off Fraser Island
- October 31: 1987: 3.5 magnitude off Lady Elliot Island
- November 25, 1993: 3.7 magnitude off Lady Elliot Island
- May 29, 1997: 3.5 north-east magnitude of Bundaberg
- September 18, 2001: 3.6 magnitude near Fraser Island
- October 12, 2001: 4.0 magnitude north of Fraser Island
- January 17, 2004: 4.4 magnitude south-east of Monto
- January 5 2005: 3.6 magnitude off the Sunshine Coast
- December 4, 2012: 3.5 magnitude near Gayndah
- February 16, 2015: 5.2 magnitude near near Eidsvold
- February 16, 2015: 4.0 magnitude near Eidsvold
- July 30, 2015: 5.4 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- July 30, 2015: 3.9 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- July 31, 2015: 3.6 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- August 1, 2015: 5.3 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- August 1, 2015: 5.1 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- August 14, 2015: 4.0 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- October 23, 2015: 4.0 magnitude east of Fraser Island
- December 26, 2015: 3.8 magnitude off Fraser Island
- August 14, 2016: 4.4 magnitude north-east of Bundaberg