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Small 3.7 Earthquake Shakes Canberra via Wee Jasper

By obediah - 20 April 2012 42

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Woken by a small quake this morning. GeoScience Australia seems to agree with this assessment.

Did many others feel this one?

What’s Your opinion?


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jessieduck 7:10 pm 21 Apr 12

5am is not a sexy time at my house.

Spykler 8:14 pm 20 Apr 12

cranky said :

Wonder if there might not be an upward blip in children born in 9 months? 🙂

Absolutely…windows shaking, ground rumbling, possibility of imminent death by crushing- enough to get anyone horny..

milkman 6:48 pm 20 Apr 12

cranky said :

Wonder if there might not be an upward blip in children born in 9 months? 🙂

Why? Did you have time to jump on the missus and let the earthquake do the hard work for you?

cranky 5:18 pm 20 Apr 12

Wonder if there might not be an upward blip in children born in 9 months? 🙂

Gungahlin Al 3:15 pm 20 Apr 12

SnapperJack said :

ForReal said :

“Good morning and welcome to Breakfast, Fran Kelly with you. On today’s program….north Canberra residents were awoken by a tremor in the early hours this morning….”

ABC gets it wrong again. I live in Woden and felt it. I initially thought it was thunder but when the rumbling just went on and on I realised it was a terremoto.

Perhaps the left wing/Green ABC realise that very few people outside the inner north bother to listen to them anymore and they’re just ignoring everybody else.

You turn a radio report about an earthquake into an anti-Green anti-ABC rant? Is it troll-day? FFS back to your radio – Alan Jones wants his listener back.

SnapperJack 2:29 pm 20 Apr 12

ForReal said :

“Good morning and welcome to Breakfast, Fran Kelly with you. On today’s program….north Canberra residents were awoken by a tremor in the early hours this morning….”

ABC gets it wrong again. I live in Woden and felt it. I initially thought it was thunder but when the rumbling just went on and on I realised it was a terremoto.

Perhaps the left wing/Green ABC realise that very few people outside the inner north bother to listen to them anymore and they’re just ignoring everybody else.

howaka 2:23 pm 20 Apr 12

Yep we felt it here in Wee Jasper. Bed was shaking, windows rattling.

HenryBG 2:07 pm 20 Apr 12

devils_advocate said :

If I was an old person, or a single female or something, I can see how a 000 call might be my first reaction. Maybe. But I don’t really know because i’m firmly in the “if someone breaks into my house while I’m in it they take their chances as far as what might happen to them” camp. I honestly don’t know what scenario might occur where I would view a 000 call as my optimal strategy.

The penalty is up to 3-years’ gaol. They should enforce it.
http://www.news.com.au/national/triple-trouble-boils-penis-problems-and-constipation-among-crazy-000-call-outs-in-victoria/story-e6frfkvr-1226234056184

Figures released by ESTA show that in the 12 months to October 1, 2011, well over 1000 calls were made for emergency help that turned out to be a waste of time. Of those calls more than 20 people rang the emergency services to report they had boils and hundreds complained of being constipated. Many people called to report they were struggling with toothache, while hiccups and earache were other emergencies according to the callers. Wayne Debernardi, communications manager at ESTA, said: “Flippant nuisance calls, including people asking for an electrician, or my husband is not here, are indeed a problem.

devils_advocate 1:55 pm 20 Apr 12

Watson said :

devils_advocate said :

Watson said :

WTF would you call the police for if your windows are shaking for 5 seconds?

My first reaction was that someone was trying to break in to my house, and to find something to use as a weapon. A more sensible person operating under that misapprehension might call the cops.

Until you rubbed the sleep out of your eyes and realised you were not under attack?

My next reaction was that a mitchell chemical plant had exploded again, because the window/fence rattling was identical.

but then I didn’t hear/see any junkies wandering around in my house and went back to sleep.

TBH earthquake didn’t even cross my mind until I heard it on the news.

If I was an old person, or a single female or something, I can see how a 000 call might be my first reaction. Maybe. But I don’t really know because i’m firmly in the “if someone breaks into my house while I’m in it they take their chances as far as what might happen to them” camp. I honestly don’t know what scenario might occur where I would view a 000 call as my optimal strategy.

astrojax 1:49 pm 20 Apr 12

definitely woke me – had only been dozing a short while having earlier enjoyed driving through the congealing mist back up adelaide ave from the emergency ward with a discomforted astromonkey (don’t ya love emergency wards at 3am? where would ya rather be?).

the trinkets cabinet rattled and shook, as did the windows, and i thought, ‘cool, an earthquake…’ though for all the warnings one takes in through reports about quakes in more deadly zones, i slumped inert rather than saving the family and hoiking them from their beds into a safe place in a door jamb or under a solid table. fat lot of good all that info has been!

Watson 1:46 pm 20 Apr 12

devils_advocate said :

Watson said :

WTF would you call the police for if your windows are shaking for 5 seconds?

My first reaction was that someone was trying to break in to my house, and to find something to use as a weapon. A more sensible person operating under that misapprehension might call the cops.

Until you rubbed the sleep out of your eyes and realised you were not under attack?

devils_advocate 1:40 pm 20 Apr 12

Watson said :

WTF would you call the police for if your windows are shaking for 5 seconds?

My first reaction was that someone was trying to break in to my house, and to find something to use as a weapon. A more sensible person operating under that misapprehension might call the cops.

HenryBG 1:40 pm 20 Apr 12

VYBerlinaV8_is_back said :

I heard it, as I was lying in bed awake. Very low frequency rumbling, followed by some squeaks and pops in the structure of the house. Didn’t feel much in the way of actual vibration, though.

The “sound” was so low frequency I couldn’t decide whether I was hearing it or feeling it.
It woke me up though, that’s for sure.

What kind of morons called the police? In some ways I’m looking forward to the upcoming oil-shock civilisation collapse because those morons will be the first to die off due to complete and utter personal ineptitude.

emd 1:18 pm 20 Apr 12

It woke me up (Woden area). Thankfully, the kids slept through it. If my kids fully wake up at 5am, they often don’t want to go back to sleep.

Bluenomi 12:16 pm 20 Apr 12

dtc said :

Seriously, if a tiny earthquake wakes you up, you need a better mattress.

It was the noise that woke me, my mattress is fine, it didn’t move but the windows had a bit of a rattle.

Bramina 11:55 am 20 Apr 12

At least the public art survived.

Brindabella 11:46 am 20 Apr 12

Has anyone checked on the Teepee guy on the lake? Is he OK?

madamcholet 11:16 am 20 Apr 12

Apoc said :

was standing in the kitchen at the time, thought it was subwoofers at first.. then thunder.. but it went too long to be thunder, earthquake! stuff rattled and then it stopped.. guessed it was a 3 point something, pretty cool! bring on the aftershocks! oh wait.. the aftershock was everyone on facebook going on about it like nothing interesting happens in Canberra……

Let Guy Pearce know.

Watson 11:14 am 20 Apr 12

And I did have to laugh with this line from the news report: “ACT Policing says it has been inundated by calls from people startled by shaking windows.”

WTF would you call the police for if your windows are shaking for 5 seconds?

Apoc 11:06 am 20 Apr 12

was standing in the kitchen at the time, thought it was subwoofers at first.. then thunder.. but it went too long to be thunder, earthquake! stuff rattled and then it stopped.. guessed it was a 3 point something, pretty cool! bring on the aftershocks! oh wait.. the aftershock was everyone on facebook going on about it like nothing interesting happens in Canberra……

    johnboy 11:07 am 20 Apr 12

    We get very few shared experiences in modern life, so it’s always going to spark a lot of discussion.

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