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OMG!!! What just happened in Melbourne ??

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posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 06:33 AM
Earthquakes are ALWAYS happening in Australia. They don't have to be on plate tectonic boundaries for it to occur. Might be an undisocvered fault line? Keep in mind, Hawaii is in middle of plate, and Australia has many volcanoes.... last eruption was a few thousand years ago, and I think they come every few thousand years.. Point I'm making is you don't NEED to be on boundary for activity to occur.

A 4.7 in Melbourne of all places is pretty unusual. I think it has only happened once in the past.

[edit on 6/3/2009 by C0bzz]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 06:45 AM
this is interesting you should see what i just found.

its just a graph of the earthquake that happened here...

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 06:51 AM
I was suspecting this was going to happen. The beached whale event was just too coincendental to ignore, and the proximity to the earthquake will certainly have to wake up Scientists to take a closer look at this phenomena.

With all the tetonic plate discussions, the exinct volcanos, the whales, the unknown, who is to know exactly what happens, or is going to happen, miles beneath the surface?

Whales can communicate a thousand miles under water. What do you think a disturbance 25 miles under the surface would feel like to them?

Anyhow, here's a link to the earlier thread, apologies if I've posted it again, since I've seen it many times so far, but I wanted to comment on this post:

Specifically from 'audas':

"Australia does not get earth quakes - no fault lines as it sits right in the middle of its own tectonic plates.

Beachings are confused sonar - look for navy operations, chinese, us subs etc. "

I guess we're all wrong every now and then.....

Anyhow, good luck all, look for more aftershocks, stay away from tall buildings, and if you are near glass windows, don't look up. Those little peices of glass are rough on the eyes.

[edit on 6-3-2009 by SlinkyDFW]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 07:10 AM
This is really nuts.
Floods in Queensland , Bushfires in Victoria and now earthquakes as well.

I also read that thread about the beached whales a few days ago and just knew that we'd get a earthquake as the OP of that thread suggested.

It seems the whales are better weather/mother nature predictors than us humans.

I live in mid Sydney and we had a small earth tremor a few years ago that was only felt in a very small radius, it didn't even make the news but was as scary as hell . I live on the 3rd floor of an old apartment block and it was swaying.
An absolutely surreal feeling.

Glad to hear that no one was hurt and no property damage.
That's the main thing.

I hope everyones pets calm down soon, if they haven't already.

Edit to add:
There was that Methane flame at Bozeman Montana on the 5th and they have had a 4.6 earthquake within the last 24 hours too......

Also there is quite a bit of earthquake activity going on globally....
Check out this map.....

[edit on 6-3-2009 by Flighty]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 07:29 AM
We just had a big earthquake in Canterbury 4.something a day or so ago. NZ is on a fault line but we don't get the big ones that often.

Maybe they're connected? I don't know.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 07:33 AM
Interesting.......There's been some weird stuff here in the states and the UK as well. There has been rumbling and shaking of windows and houses but without seismic disturbance . The U.S.A.F in California is saying that it was a sonic boom residents don't agree however. This sort of thing seems to have happened almost worldwide in the last 48hrs. Yours may be different ie: earthquake? I don't know. It sure feels like somethings happening though.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 07:41 AM
I could hear it building up and then it really rumbled and shook the whole house.

We're out in Berwick and it was pretty strong here.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:03 AM
My house creaked and rattled here and there was a large rumbling sound at around 9:00pm. I'm on the Mornington Peninsula. No big deal! We've had little ones like this here before.

Telstra must have made a killing on text messages tonight!


posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:03 AM
Is it always this cloudy? I cannot see a single star, yet according to satellite images there's no cloud cover over us.

And is it the moon sitting behind the clouds that is creating an eerie bright orange glow on one corner of the sky?

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 08:08 AM
Greetings my Aussie pals. With so much minimazation of this incident, I just wanted to give you a little validation - I find it strange they are calling this 4.9 a "tremor" - for me - lving in midwest US I would freak out with a 4.9. I live close to a fault line , New Madrid, that's been dormat for quite sometime. I would be worried it truly is a precursor to something larger.

Regarding to your own lack of a fault line, I asked my husband about this and he reminded me you guys aren't too far for the Pacific 'Ring of Fire.'

You guys take care down there & I'm thinking of you!

Just another example of 'worldwide' turmoil. Personally, I think our Mother Earth is seriously pissed. The more we tinker with her the more irate she'll become.

Loved the comments about Austraila being the mothership lol

Also, zero mention of this in US MSM.

::blows kisses to you all::

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:25 AM
The recipient of the prestigious Geological Society of Australia (Victoria Division) Selwyn Medal for 2008 says that, despite popular belief, Australia is a geologically active continent with moving fault-lines, regular seismic activity, and a long history of mountain making.
“In fact, there are numerous young fault-lines weaving their way across southern Australia, including one that goes right around the perimeter of Adelaide. There are also young fault-lines running through the Mornington Peninsula outside Melbourne, the Strzelecki Ranges in Victoria and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.
The area around Adelaide is well known for its grapes, but little is known about what's happening deep below the surface of the rich soil. The same goes for Victoria.
It's these states which the contemporary geologist Malcolm Wallace says contain numerous young fault lines.

He says there's one that goes right around the perimeter of Adelaide.

Others run through various mountain ranges.

MALCOLM WALLACE: Many of the mountain ranges in southern Victoria like the Strzelecki Ranges are a result of that very young or geologically young tectonic activity.

BRENDAN TREMBATH: The Strzelecki Ranges for example are better known for their scenery than seismic activity.

But Stan Evison the manager of the Mirboo North Golf Club does remember a few times when the earth shook.

STAN EVISON: A couple of years ago we had quite a substantial quake here. I'm not sure of what it measured on the Richter scale, but it was like a car hitting the house, everything shook. But I can't remember any others of any size. There has been a couple of mild ones going back I don't know ten, 12 years.
“There are numerous young faultlines weaving their way across southern Australia, including one that goes right around the perimeter of Adelaide. There are also young faultlines running through the Mornington Peninsula outside Melbourne, the Strzelecki Ranges in Victoria and the Flinders Ranges in South Australia.
The map below from the National Earthquake Information Center (part of the USGS) shows the distribution of earthquakes in the region over a 30 year period.

Seismic Hazard Map, Australia

Australia is an old, settled continent, but geologically it's not quite at peace. Old faults and residual strains from its geologic past still result in a few felt events each year and a measurable risk of shaking for some areas.

Fault lines' inactive rating a spur for nuclear reactor
By Richard Macey
September 5 2002

Construction of Australia's new nuclear research reactor is likely to get the go-ahead after findings that geological fault lines under the site pose no danger.

Building of the $320 million project started in April, but stopped two months later after fault lines were discovered slicing straight through the Lucas Height excavation site.

Three groups, including the New Zealand Institute of Geological and Nuclear Sciences, an American consultancy and Australian specialists were commissioned to investigate. It is understood all three have found it is safe to resume work, although they did not agree on the exact age of the faults or their cause.

The Americans are believed to have found that although earthquakes may have caused the faults, the tremors happened more than 50 million years ago and the area is now inactive.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:33 AM
It looked to me that they're still finding fault lines in ya'lls backyard. There's alot of shaking information by seaching "Australia fault lines" or "Australia fault maps". You don't really have much of a history of ground shakings down there so this might have only been a burp. Your activity is few and far between so if you get another one in near future I'd start worrying on which side of the tracks you're going to be living on.
Hang in there my Aussie friends.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:45 AM
reply to post by Whisper67

Melbourne is far away from the pacific ring of fire, this quake was caused by a more localised fault.

[edit on 6/3/2009 by C0bzz]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:51 AM
*Edit - wasn't a thoughful post * didn't add to discussion and neither does this :p
[edit on 3/6/2009 by Whisper67]

[edit on 3/6/2009 by Whisper67]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:54 AM

Originally posted by iced_blue
reply to post by TheKingsVillian

yer I'm trying to make sense of it all because we shouldn't of felt it unless it was really high but that would have cause a tidal wave. wouldn't it?

just because thats where the main fault line is doesn't mean thats where it came from you even said it in your last post where you said this was a map showing the MAIN FAULT LINES.
There are many fault lines running through tectonic plates, not just fault lines at the borders of plates, they are more likely the cause of the tremor you felt

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 09:56 AM
Sorry if this has already been presented, but......

....there was two earthquakes >

6/3/09 @ 01.35.54 - M 4.7 =

6/3/09 @ 09.35.58 - M 4.7 =


posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:20 AM
Don't worry, all of these "non-earthquakes" affecting the world is prolly just God releasing the demons from the abyss as in the Book of Revelation.

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:38 AM
An analogy on fault lines-

Think of the earth as a giant peice of glass. Now break it. There are some major cracks going from end to end. These are your major fault lines. Off of these are smaller cracks. These are minor fault lines. Now if you push on the glass, these minor cracks now become major cracks with more minor cracks coming off of those. Now to push this anology even further, if you keep pushing on the glass it's eventually going to fall off. In case this happens, I'd invest in a pair of "floaties".

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:43 AM

Originally posted by Nventual

Originally posted by mikesingh

Originally posted by SkitzoFrenic
Did anyone in the Melbourne City area feel that shaking ??? it was like a earthquake, our whole building shook like crazy with a weird rumbling sound in the distance ???

weeeird man that was freaky!!!

OK, so what's the big deal? Just a small 5.1 quake. Wait till you experience a 6.7 as I did and you'll go bonkers!

But the upside of such a quake is that if you're lying with your girlfriend on the couch then you needn't make any effort. A 6.7 knocker will do it for you!!


The point is, we don't get earthquakes here, ever - at least not in Victoria.

Also, TWO in one day in Australia?

[edit on 6/3/09 by Nventual]

I was reading this thread and had to join to comment , Nventual do some research first next time , tremors are quite common in Oz . Check out this link Quakes : Recent earthquakes measured by Geoscience Australia
I count over 65 from 5/2/09 until 6/3/09 including a couple in Victoria and South Oz , Beacon in WA seems to be an active little spot as I believe around Guyra NSW (do google maps youselves Guyra NSW+earthquake as it doesnt want to link) as well .
I can recall experiencing 3 or 4 decent shakes since the early 60's up to the Newcastle quake ,haven't noticed one since then.
This page Australian Earthquake News has quite a few for victoria in March and February this year about 24 from my count including Bass St of the Vic coast.

[edit on 6-3-2009 by WhiteL!ght]

[edit on 6-3-2009 by WhiteL!ght]

posted on Mar, 6 2009 @ 10:49 AM
reply to post by C0bzz

Austraila is found on the Indo-Austrailian techtonic plate. Here's a neat link to geothermal energy in Austrailia:

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