South Australia Hit by Earthquake One Month After Burra Quake

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake hit the southern coast of Australia. In terms of severity, the quake was minor.

Dozens of calls alerted the police when the earthquake occurred at about 1:25 p.m. on Thursday afternoon near Whyalla, a coastal town in South Australia.

First recorded by Geoscience Australia at a magnitude of 3.0, seismic activity was found at a relatively shallow depth of around 10 km.

Those in and around Whyalla would have probably felt a slight tremor. Burra is a tiny town in eastern South Africa, and this news comes only one month after an earthquake jolted the area.

Roughly fifty individuals felt the tremor that struck Burra at 7:35 a.m. on May 13.

Its epicenter was about 15 kilometers south of the town, at a depth of 9 kilometers.

According to David Love, a seismologist of the Seismological Association of Australia Inc., the epicenter of the earthquake was up to 40 kilometers away.

The area has frequent, little events, so it’s definitely bustling with activity. He informed the Adelaide Advertiser that it is located inside the Flinders Ranges—Mount Lofty seismic zone.

With a Richter magnitude of five or six, earthquakes occur at an alarming rate in Adelaide, making it the most earthquake-prone capital city in Australia.

Even though Australia has relatively few earthquakes compared to other countries, Adelaide is the area of the continent most prone to activity. Moderate earthquakes occur frequently enough to be a concern. Moderate quakes are defined as those between magnitude five and six on the Richter scale.

Within the past 150 years, fifteen earthquakes in South Australia have had five magnitude or more. Massive earthquakes like this may be heard and seen for around 200 kilometers, and they wreak havoc in the area immediately surrounding the epicenter.