Massive Shallow Earthquake Strikes Near Yulara in South Australia and Northern Territory – June 9 2013


A very strong earthquake with Magnitude 5.6 occured in the desert region near the border of South Australia and Northern Territory. This area is nearly unpopulated, so we do not expect any larger damage from this quake. The earthquake was reasonably close to Yulara (about 100 km) – which had damage through an earthquake in 1989. USGS expects a very strong shaking close to the epicenter as a result of the very shallow depth of only 3,9 km. Luckily, there is no settlement with more than 1000 inhabitants. These earthquakes are not uncommon in Northern Territory and South Australia with a similar earthquake occurring last year. 

Some Reports:

  • Constant shaking up to one minute
  • Walls were shaking
  • Lasted for around a minute. Hanging plants outside swinging. Enough to get everyone to come outside afterwards.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.5; Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-06-09 23:52:13; GMT/UTC Time : 2013-06-09 14:22:13; Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

ShakeMap Australia

316km (196mi) SW of Alice Springs, Australia
914km (568mi) NW of Port Augusta West, Australia
916km (569mi) NW of Port Augusta, Australia
953km (592mi) NW of Whyalla, Australia
1179km (733mi) NW of Adelaide, Australia

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