Adelaide hit by a 6.1-strong earthquake considered the biggest in Australia in 15 years
by: Ben Hyde
Now March 24, 2012 12:00AM
Translation by Autumnson Blog
A MAGNITUDE 6.1 earthquake, the biggest in the country for 15 years, rattled Far North South Australia yesterday.
The earthquake's epicentre was recorded at shallow depth near Ernabella, 415km north west of Coober Pedy and about 320km south west of Alice Springs, just before 8pm yesterday.
Geoscience Australia reported the quake could have been felt by people up to 500km away and damage experienced within a 40km radius of the epicentre.
Geoscience Australia seismologist David Jepsen said the quake was the biggest in Australia in 15 years.
''There are a number of Aboriginal communities near the epicentre and they would have felt the earthquake strongly,'' he said.
''It is possible there could be some minor damage up there. One of these in a major city would be a different story.
''People as far north as Alice Springs and as far south as Coober Pedy and Oodnadatta could have felt this.''
An SA Police spokesman said there had been no reports of damage or injuries.
Dr Jepsen said a 4.3 magnitude earthquake struck near the same location about a week ago.
The earthquake was the most powerful in Australia since a 6.3 magnitude quake off Collier Bay, on Western Australia's north coast, on August 10, 1997.
It is the second largest quake to be recorded in South Australia.
The biggest was a 6.5 magnitude jolt near Beachport in the South East in 1897, which caused chaos at the nearby town of Kingston and was felt in Adelaide.
A magnitude 3.3 quake rumbled through Adelaide on October 19 last year.