Can you believe that? I mean we can hardly believe it and there were several million people thinking the same way. Australia doesn’t get earthquakes.
Well, apparently we do.
Back in 1989
The biggest earthquake I can remember was back in 1989. It wasn’t around here but in Newcastle just north of Sydney.
It made big news because we don’t get earthquakes. It was a magnitude 5.6 earthquake and it did a lot of damage. On a side note why don’t they name earthquakes as they do for cyclones and hurricanes?
Everyone was in shock. No one thought that sort of thing was possible. We were wrong, but it isn’t something I ever thought I would really experience. There have been small ones, ones that we don’t notice. There has even been a couple of jolts that we have felt. We knew what they were, but they were so slight that it would have been easy to miss them.
Wednesday, 22nd of September 2021
I was having my morning tea and working out what to do. Suddenly Susie, the cat, got spooked and then my chair started shaking. The house was shaking too. At first, I thought the neighbours must have been doing something and then I realised it was an earthquake. I got up and went down to where my husband was working. He was leaving the room and we both looked at each other and said, “do you feel that it’s an earthquake”. I think we were kind of excited.
He was actually going to stand in the doorway, but I was so surprised I didn’t think of anything like that. My first and only thought was to get to Dave.
Well, there really wasn’t any. It turned out to be a magnitude 5.9 earthquake and the epicentre was in Mansfield that is about 200 kms northeast of Melbourne. There were aftershocks but we didn’t feel those.
The biggest surprise was the lack of damage. One person had slight injuries. A few buildings had some minor damage, but overall after our world stopped shaking we just got on with it, life that is. Or really we all got on the phone or social media saying, “did you feel it”.
I think everyone has been really amazed that such a big earthquake could hit and it would do almost no damage. Apparently, we do build buildings that can withstand earthquakes. Perhaps if the epicentre had been in Melbourne it would have been a different story. Small mercies and all that.
There has been a lot of jokes going around about it, which has been fun too. More so I think because no one was hurt. It makes a lockdown morning a little more exciting, that’s for sure.
I thought I would share some of my photos from a trip to and around Manfield a few years ago. So the photos are more from Bonnie Doon which is just before you get to Mansfield. We did drive into the town for lunch but didn’t take any photos.