Homes and offices from Albany to Perth shook just after midday today as a 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit 58km south-west of Kojonup.
But where does that rank in terms of WA’s biggest earthquakes?
Well according to data collected by the Australian government’s Geoscience Australia – today’s quake is the joint fifth strongest to hit WA
Here is a list of the strongest to hit our state.
- Magnitude 6.5 – Meckering (130 km east of Perth) witnessed the strongest ever quake in our state of 6.5 magnitude. Others have recorded the quake has hitting as high as 6.9 on the Richter scale, but Geoscience Australia lists it at 6.5. It is one of the biggest recorded in Australia — lasting 45 seconds and could be felt over a 700km radius. The quake hit on October 14, 1968, reducing three quarters of the town to rubble injuring as many as 20 people.
- Magnitude 6.3 – Until 2016, Meeberrie (550km north of Perth) was largely considered to have been the site of one of the biggest earthquakes ever to hit Australia – at a magnitude of 7.2. But the quake on April 29, 1941 has since been revised down to 6.3.
- Magnitude 6.2 – Collier Bay in WA’s Kimberly region in the north-east was the most recent site to be hit with a quake registering above 6 on the Richter scale. It was hit by a 6.2 magnitude quake on August 10, 1998.
- Magnitude 6.1 – The Wheatbelt town of Cadoux (180km north-east of Perth) was the site of the second most damaging quake in WA’s history, with an estimated $3.8m worth of damage recorded. One person was also injured in the quake in June 2, 1979.
- Magnitude 5.6 – Sunday’s 5.6 magnitude earthquake in Walpole ranks as the joint fifth strongest quake to hit the state. There are no reports of injuries or damage at this stage.
- Magnitude 5.6 – The area around Norseman in WA’s south was hit by two earthquakes in as many months back in 2016. The larger of the two at 5.6 on the Richter scale hit in the area east of Norseman on July 8. Less than two months earlier the area south-east of Norseman was struck by a 5.1 magnitude quake on May 29. A smaller quake of 5.0 hit on the very same day in the same area.
Other significant WA quakes.
- Halls Creek in the East Kimberly was struck by quake measuring at 5.1 on November 6, 2016.
- Kalgoorlie, in the Goldfields, was struck by a 5 magnitude quake on April 20, 2010.
*All statistics sourced from the Australian Government’s Geoscience Australia