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Ausfree

NEWCASTLE EARTHQUAKE...1989!!!

Has anybody on Landytown ever been in an earthquake?

Today marks the twentieth anniversary of the Newcastle (NSW) earthquake. I remember it well as I had a business in the main street of Newcastle when the quake struck at 10.27am (E.A.S.T)  December 28th, 1989. It registered 5.6 on the Richter Scale, which is not huge by the standards of some quakes but it was enough to almost knock me off my feet, and cause damage worth millions of dollars to the city.

Thirteen people where killed that day, and I remember looking out my shop door and seeing shop awnings crashing to the pavement and the tops of buildings toppling and falling into the street. It was quite eerie seeing the entire side of my shop heave as if a giant wave moved down the side of the building. My staff where frantically hanging onto the counter at the back of the shop to keep their balance.

Within minutes of the end of the quake, police vehicles with loud speakers were driving down the street telling everybody to evacuate the city as aftershocks were expected.

It took me an hour an a half to get home, a trip normally accomplished in half an hour and boy, was Mrs Ausfree glad to see me. Phones, where down so I couldn't phone her.

The city was closed down for two weeks until dangerous buildings where demolished, the only people allowed in where residents or business owners, such as myself. We where given special passes to show security so that we could gain access. I went in every day as looters where reported (the lowest of the low acts I reckon) and it was eerie driving down a main street of a large city, normally bustling with people, and it was dead quiet, not a soul except for police, security and the army.

Building codes have been changed, but I have read in the paper today as the earthquake moves into distant memory that Newcastle is really not prepared if and when another earthquake happens. Which it will because they have found that Newcastle sits on a fault line.

Anyway, enough of my memories, I wonder if any other Landytownians have experienced an earthquake?  
chunkster

luckily never been in one
DCH Jr.

I've technically been in one but I slept through it-so it can't of been that bad.
MrsM

Nope luckily have never had to experience that Ausfree, I can only imagine how frightening it must of been.  How close were you to the centre of the earth quake?  

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wreckferret

Was on holiday in Turkey when there was an earthquake    Think
I was too drunk to realise at the time    As far as I could make out the only casualty was some holiday maker that bottled it and jumped from a 1st story window breaking his ankle in the process  

Had one near us earlier this year (or was it last year??) dog went mad but by the time he had woke me up it was all over    According to Google Earth the epicenter was 31 miles from me.

SWMBO say's the earth moved for her once but it was a long time ago    
Ausfree

DCH Jr. wrote:
I've technically been in one but I slept through it-so it can't of been that bad.


You would'nt have slept through this one mate, people where knocked off their feet walking down the street.
Ausfree

MrsM wrote:
Nope luckily have never had to experience that Ausfree, I can only imagine how frightening it must of been.  How close were you to the centre of the earth quake?  

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Yes, Mrs M It is one of life's experiences you never forget, the memory is as clear today as it was twenty years ago. There is a whole new generation growing up who don't know what it was like. The epicentre was almost directly under the city about 60 kilometres down.

Several people where killed in the "Workers Club" which was about half a kilometre from where my shop was situated. Half the club completely caved in and they had to drag people out from the basement after they went down from as high as the third (top) floor when it collapsed under their feet.
Ausfree

wreckferret wrote:
Was on holiday in Turkey when there was an earthquake    Think
I was too drunk to realise at the time    As far as I could make out the only casualty was some holiday maker that bottled it and jumped from a 1st story window breaking his ankle in the process  

Had one near us earlier this year (or was it last year??) dog went mad but by the time he had woke me up it was all over    According to Google Earth the epicenter was 31 miles from me.

SWMBO say's the earth moved for her once but it was a long time ago    


Yeah, they have really bad earthquakes in an arc from Turkey right through to China. You hear story's of magnitude 8 plus earthquakes and thousands of people being killed. So, mate you must have been lucky and only experienced a small one.   You lucky, lucky bast*rd, my SWMBO says the earth has never moved for her  
( Geez, I hope I don't get into trouble from the moderators  again)
Ausfree

For those Landytownians who may be interested, have a look at this, on U Tube regarding the Newcastle Earthquake.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqwXKjOL4C8  
 
MrsM

Ausfree wrote:
For those Landytownians who may be interested, have a look at this, on U Tube regarding the Newcastle Earthquake.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lqwXKjOL4C8  
 


Omg Ausfree, those poor people, definately a day that needs to remain in the heart of residents, especially as people lost their lives  

But have they learnt from this and put in measures to help prevent devastation on this scale for the future?   ......... or can you not prepare for something like this.

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Ausfree

Yes, Mrs M the building codes for the city are now the strictest in Australia but what worries me is the earthquake was twenty years ago and it is only older Novocastrians that remember, as time goes on people will gradually forget and of cause when it happens again (and it will, as they have discovered Newcastle lies on a fault line) damage will probably be greater.

 In the UTube clip, after the scenes from the Worker Club they move to the main street of Newcastle and you see two police vehicles go past, that was taken near were my shop used to be. The Workers Club was in the street behind my shop.  
PR

I was in an Eartquake in Kefalonia a few years ago. We were stood in the airport waiting to check in when this roaring started. The building started to sway. The greeks started running for the doors, closely followed by me. Girl friend of the time was not amused as I left her behind.
Out side the flagpoles were rattling for ages. When we went back in to the building a lot of windows had fallen out, and all the bottles in the duty free shop were on the floor. Smashed I will add. The cleaners soon swept up the glass  and it was buisness as usual.
A coach arrived with a lot of white faced passengers. The quake had nearly shaken the coach off the road.
There were no injuries and we flew out on time.
6.someting on the ricter scale.

Not an experience I wish to repeat.

Paul
MrsM

Many thanks for that Ausfree, but it is down to the remembrance day to keep that alive, so generations will not forget  

Scary PR, something I hope I never have to go through, as I am sure I would not be very calm  
Ausfree

PR wrote:
I was in an Eartquake in Kefalonia a few years ago. We were stood in the airport waiting to check in when this roaring started. The building started to sway. The greeks started running for the doors, closely followed by me. Girl friend of the time was not amused as I left her behind.
Out side the flagpoles were rattling for ages. When we went back in to the building a lot of windows had fallen out, and all the bottles in the duty free shop were on the floor. Smashed I will add. The cleaners soon swept up the glass  and it was buisness as usual.
A coach arrived with a lot of white faced passengers. The quake had nearly shaken the coach off the road.
There were no injuries and we flew out on time.
6.someting on the ricter scale.

Not an experience I wish to repeat.

Paul
 Yeah, a 6 magnitude earthquake is something to remember allright, I notice a lot of earthquake reports mention a shaking and rattling that seems to go on for a few moments. The Newcastle earthquake was different in that there was this one tremendous WHACK and that was it, the same as if you grabbed a mat and shook it with one tremendous up and down movement making the end of the mat "crack" if you know what I mean.
There are reports of people seeing a wave move across the ground, I guess the same as the wave that moved down the mat when you shake it causing that "crack" at the end. I actually saw the inside walls of my shop heave as this wave moved down it. It was a strange sight, never to be forgotten.  
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