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It’s been just over two months since the Whitsunday Region was affected by 5.8 magnitude earthquake approximately 50 kilometres offshore of Bowen and Airlie Beach. This was the second largest earthquake on record in Queensland.
Mayor Andrew Willcox said that he is pleased with the immediate response by the Whitsunday Disaster Management Group (WDMG) at the time of the earthquake as well as the research and planning that has been done since.
“Through our Disaster Management Group we have spent considerable time liaising with Geoscience Australia with the aim of understanding the potential impact and risks associated with earthquakes and even tsunamis in the Whitsunday Region,” Mayor Willcox said.
“We have developed a series of Frequently Asked Questions with information provided by Geoscience Australia and we will use this information to inform our future disaster management planning but also to educate the community,” he said.
“Earthquakes of this magnitude are quite rare in Australia however it is important that our residents have the knowledge to know what the best course of action is should we experience another strong earthquake in the future.
“To that end, I strongly encourage our residents to visit the Council website, familiarise themselves with the information available and even have a chat about it with your family.
“The good news from Geoscience Australia is that it would take an earthquake of at least a 6.5 magnitude before tsunamis are considered possible. In addition, our cyclone construction standards for newer buildings also have earthquake resilient features compared to older houses not built to cyclone standards.”
To read the Earthquake Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s), please visit Council’s website: http://www.whitsundayrc.qld.gov.au/Earthquakes
Moving forward the WDMG will continue to educate the community about earthquakes through various mediums such as the new release Emergency Action Guide due out later this year and through the Whitsunday Disaster & Emergency Information Facebook page.