"That's a bloody earthquake" exclaims Mackay mayor
THE Daily Mercury was interviewing the Mackay mayor on the third floor of the council offices when the 5.8 magnitude earthquake hit the city.
The interview was about the town's rates but that quickly changed when the three story building started to shake.
At first the mayor wasn't sure what it was but within moments he realised Mackay was experiencing an earthquake.
"That's a bloody earthquake," Cr Greg Williamson said as the building started to shake.
The building shook for about 15 seconds and the shaking increased significantly for another minute after. The earthquake lasted for about 90 seconds.
The building was immediately evacuated.
In less than two minutes after the earthquake the mayor told the Daily Mercury that the experience was "quite unsettling."
"I would hate to experience a big one if that was a small earthquake because it was quite unsettling to be in the building with it rattling around like that and it went on for quite some time," he said.
"I would be interested to see were the epicentre was and I've lived in this part of the world for some time I have never experienced something like that and it was very unsettling.
Speaking directly after the earthquake in the evacuation zone outside the council building where the council staff were gathering, Cr Williamson said not many people within council have experienced an earthquake before and the public need to remain calm.
"Nobody has got experience of this and I think it was the right call to evacuate the building because it's a three story building," he said.
"I didn't notice any cracks at the time but anything can happen and I think it was the right call to evacuate the building.
"Obviously we don't live in an earthquake zone but we need to wait and see what the experts are saying.
"I wouldn't say it's something to be concerned about but who knows and lets just find out what the experts say and we'll make a call from there."