QLD told to brace for more aftershocks


Queenslanders have been warned about more aftershocks after a 5.3-magnitude earthquake rattled the state’s southeast.

The surprise quake struck at 9.41am on Thursday with the epicentre in the Coral Sea, roughly 100km off the Fraser Coast, and was followed by 3.9 and 3.4-magnitude aftershocks.


It was one of the biggest seismic activities recorded in the state’s history.

Tremors were felt as far north as Yeppoon, near Rockhampton, and south to the Gold Coast.

Residents reported that buildings in Bundaberg’s CBD were swaying.

The quake caused precautionary evacuations in some Bundaberg businesses, including the seven-storey Auswide Bank building which also suffered cracks to windows.

No major damage was reported, although Sunshine Coast residents posted photos of cracked walls and tiles on social media.

The largest recorded quakes in Queensland were in 1918 off the Gladstone coast, measuring 5.7 and 6.0 on the Richter scale.