Thursday, 29 October 2009

Shake, rattle and roll

At 12.10 am on Sunday morning as I was getting ready to go to the airport for a quick interstate trip, things started to move for me.

Quickly I realized that it was an earthquake and as we live in a concrete house, I decided it was time to move outside.

Once my heartbeat had gone back to normal, I gathered by gear and headed to the airport, figuring that if I was on a plane, in the air, I wouldn't notice any aftershocks! There were two aftershocks on Sunday, but people hardly noticed them.

It was a 6.9 shake located 230 km (145 miles) NNW of Saumlaki, Tanimbar Islands, in Indonesia - 700 km north of us.

A quick look at the earthquake page tonight shows 28 earthquakes in the region in the last week and that large yellow one north of Darwin is the one that shook us up.

picture from U.S. Geological Survey

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