Expert warns about earthquake damage to homes following magnitude 6.6 tremor in Western Australia

Mail Online | 7/14/2019 | Aidan Wondracz For Daily Mail Australia
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Experts have warned of the catastrophic damages an earthquake can have on Australia with places like Sydney and Melbourne flagged as a potential risk.

Earth science expert Claire MacGregor said the two cities sit near fault lines that could lead to devastating effects.

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'It's not a question of when, but where?' she said in her blog.

'A moderately sized earthquake hitting a densely populated region presents the risk of significant damage and loss of life, which could be catastrophic.

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She claimed older buildings were not designed to withstand earthquakes and were more likely to collapse.

UTS geotechnical and earthquake engineering professor Behzad Fatahi said it was always a concern when buildings were constructed on top of fault lines.

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'I think we should be worried about the construction of buildings above fault lines,' Dr Fatahi told Daily Mail Australia.

'The ground can move under the building and cause cracks.'

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He said builders had a responsibility to comply with the National Construction Code and Australian Standard to protect properties and, more importantly, residents.

'Very rigorous and technical geological investigations may not be conducted on sites as much as we expect,' he said.

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'Finding the fault line can be quite challenging.'

The warning comes after a magnitude 6.5 earthquake rattled Western Australia on Sunday.

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Shoppers in Broome had to flee the stores as the powerful earthquake threw products off the shelves at places like Woolworths and Target.

The earthquake has been placed as one of the most widely felt phenomenons, with reports of tremors stretching as far as Perth and Hobart.

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Despite the large scale of the earthquake, Dr Fatahi pointed out the epicentre was offshore.

Therefore, the damage was not as devastating as the 1989 incident at Newcastle in New South Wales where the city was directly hit.

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While the 5.6 magnitude earthquake was considered moderate, it caused extensive damage to buildings and racked up a staggering...
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