No damage after Bowen quake

RAE Ernst, was woken at 2.30am yesterday to a sound she described as a "freight train".

Still in her bed in Bowen in the early hours, she and the rest of the town's residents experienced the second earthquake to strike in the space of six months.

Geoscience Australia said the 4.1-magnitude quake struck south-west of Bowen at 2.30am yesterday at a depth of 5km.

It could have been felt 69km away and caused damage in a 5km radius, but so far, there have been no reports of destruction, a police spokesman said yesterday.

Mrs Ernst who moved to Bowen in February this year said she felt a small tremor.

"It wasn't that loud... it sounded like a freight train.

"There have been no signs of damage or anyone injured," she said.

"I grew up overseas in Vanuatu and have experienced many earthquakes.

"This one was a small sharp earthquake. I believe it reached 4.1 on the Richter scale.

"When I lived in Vanuatu they reached up to 7.5."

On April 16 this year the Daily Mercury reported on an earthquake that shook a region 200km radius from the epicentre, about 60km west of Bowen.

Following that earthquake there were three aftershocks which were felt across the Mackay region.

In Brisbane yesterday Premier Anna Bligh said yesterday's quake had not been as big as April's 5.2-magnitude earthquake in Bowen, which was the state's largest since 1935.

"It was significant enough to be felt by people but not as large as the one they experienced in April," Ms Bligh said.

"It's a little bit unusual to be experiencing an earthquake of that size but early reports indicate no damage."



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