TREMOR SHAKES MERINO
RESIDENTS of Merino looked to explanations like a truck hitting a rough patch of road, or a stump being blown up but they were in fact hit by a 2.7 level earth tremor on Monday afternoon.
Many people in the town experienced a loud noise, a short burst of shaking and accompanying rattling of windows when it struck.
Geoscience Australia reported the tremor was centred 10km below ground near Merino, at 4.44pm.
It was one of only 10 significant quakes felt in the Western District in the past 50 years.
Claire Nolte was visiting her Merino neighbour Linda Emmerton when the tremor hit, but neither of them recognised what it was until much later.
“I was at my neighbour Linda’s place, in the kitchen. It was just a weird noise. There was a bang and like a shake,” she said.
“I just looked at Linda. My chair was moving. She was looking at the window moving and it was just weird.
“We didn’t know what it was at first. We thought it must have been the dogs must have knocked something over so we went and looked, but nothing.