Saturday, March 07, 2009

Did the earth move for you?

Last night around 9pm we all experienced our first earthquake.... frightening to say the least but very bizzare!!

It was like being at a fair ground and just starting off on the roller coaster ride. Alex and I were cuddled on the coach watching the tv when it started and it was just an unreal feeling.

According to the news the earthquake which only lasted a few seconds measured 4.6 on the Richter Scale and spanned more than 200kms from it's epicentre in South Gippsland. The epicentre hit just north of Korumburra, but the earthquake was powerful enough to shake buildings and cause some residents to fall off their couches in metropolitan Melbourne. Some homes in Korumburra and Leongatha lost power for up to 10 minutes but there has been no reports of major damage.

As you know, we live in Frankston and Korumburra is quite a while away but from this picture you can see that it was even felt in Belmont which is the other side of Port Phillip Bay!! (Picture courtesy of the Herald Sun)

I cannot believe what is happening so far in 2009.

In the past six weeks Far north Queensland has experienced mass flooding with some places recieving up to 2 metres or more of rain causing isolation of towns and communties.

While all of this was happening Victoria has received very little rain, in fact as low as 0.8mm during February and having a total of 35 days straight without rain. Not to mention the extreme heat, which saw places like Mildura suffering 12 consecutive days of more than 40C and that dreaded day, February 7th, where the temperature reached 46.4C, causing devasting bushfires and will forever be remembered as Black Saturday, a day that saw mass devastation and loss of lives.

Now we have had an earthquake... I shudder to think what could be next!!

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