[ASC-media] Media Release: Geoscience Australia - Media Earthquake Alert: Overseas earthquake

Leharne.Fountain at ga.gov.au Leharne.Fountain at ga.gov.au
Mon Mar 10 11:35:30 EST 2003

Geoscience Australia
Media Release 
10 March 2003
Overseas earthquake
An earthquake occurred last night in the Indonesian Tanimbar Islands region in the Banda Sea, and was felt by some residents of Darwin.

At 20.36 UT (20.06 Local Time) an earthquake of magnitude 5.9 occurred approximately 600km north of Darwin. The event was relatively shallow and was therefore felt at large distances from the epicentre.

Earthquakes of magnitude 5 or more are common in the Indonesian arc, occurring once a week on average. The last event of this magnitude in the region occurred 9 days ago in the Irian Jaya area.

Call the Geoscience Australia Duty Seismologist (Dr Cvetan Sinadinovski) on (02) 6249 9699 for further information.

For a list of the most recent earthquakes visit the Geoscience Australia website - www.ga.gov.au. 

An alternative is the Geoscience Australia Media Hotline (24 hours) on Freecall 1800 882 035.

Leharne Fountain
Communications Officer
Geoscience Australia
GPO Box 378

Phone:	+61 2 6249 9800
Fax:	+61 2 6249 9990
Email:	Leharne.Fountain at ga.gov.au

ABN 80 091 799 039 

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