A reasonably strong earthquake (5.6) has just struck South Australia’s outback – basically in the desert. From what I understand there is a small town located 10 minutes from the suspected epicentre of the earthquake. There is potential for significant damage within that sort of radius of the earthquake, but thankfully it has struck a fairly remote region. It is of a similar magnitude to the earthquake that struck Newcastle in 1989.
A massive earthquake has struck central Italy, some 100 km to the east of Rome. The 5.8 magnitude earthquake epicentre is located about 5 km below the historical city of L’Aquila.
Early reports have 27 people confirmed dead, with many people still trapped and buried within the 10-15 000 damaged buildings in L’Aquila and surrounding areas. Hundreds have been injured and some 100 000 people have fled their homes fearing the usually expected aftershocks.