Memories of an earthquake

Over last couple of days, people from Geraldton and afar were sharing their memories of the earthquake that struck Meckering way back in 1968.

Lost Geraldton's Facebook page posted:  

45 yrs ago today Meckering was hit by a 40 sec earthquake measuring 6.9. Also caused damage in Perth & tremors felt from ‪#‎Geraldton‬ to Albany. 
Anyone remember?

(Click here to read the post and comments) 

Dozens of people who remembered the quake which lasted over 40 seconds and registered 6.9 shared their memories. 

People spoke of their shock and fear...

Valma Beard:

"We had the cundin hotel and the hotel was damaged we had to evacuated most scary time for the beard family"

 Some of the comments were quite funny:...

Susan Wray:

"I was 13, admiring myself in the mirror, when it shook, fell off the wall and broke! For a minute there I thought my spotty face had shattered the mirror...X"

 

Seismicity say about the quake: 

Although the Meckering earthquake of October 1968 was not the largest in WA's history, it was certainly the most significant in term of damage done and cultural upheaval. It caused ground rupturing nearly 40 km long, some of which is still to be seen today. The maximum heave was 2.4 m, max vertical displacement was 2.0 m, and the maximum strike slip movement (dextral) was 1.5 m. The maximum felt intensity on the Modified Mercalli scale was 9. The damage exceeded $5 million ( in 1968 dollars). Meckering's population at the time was approximately 240.

While it was one of the largest seismic events in Australia's history, remarkably there were no recorded deaths. 

 

 

Pic credits:

Baby Cot Photo Credit: dearanxiety cc

plaque Photo Credit: DON PUGH PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA cc

People on tracks Photo Credit: DON PUGH PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA cc

Bent tracks Photo Credit: DON PUGH PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA cc

Old damaged buildings Photo Credit: DON PUGH PERTH WESTERN AUSTRALIA cc

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