Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Ground Shakes for No Reason

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Ground Shakes for No Reason

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Byline: Jo Leslie

IT'S a case of things that go bump in the night and officials from Geoscience Australia, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Mines are at a loss to explain the cause.

The Observer first reported tremors in June last year which affected parts of Calliope and Boyne Island.

These were later explained as blasts from Cement Australia's East End Mine, 45 kilometres west of Gladstone.

Then in July this year the tremors started again, this time with no obvious cause.

On July 16 at 8.15pm residents of Boyne Island and Wurdong Heights reported two earth tremors accompanied by a loud boom.

And on August 1 at 2.10pm Beecher residents reported a similar experience.

The mystery deepened on Saturday morning when a household in Tannum Sands was woken at around 5.30am by a loud noise and the windows shaking.

"It sounded like a double decker bus landed on the house," said the man holidaying with family in Tannum. …

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