Minor earthquake in Lockington

By Andrew Johnston

RESIDENTS of Lockington may have felt a slight tremor in recent weeks.

A minor earthquake, measuring at 2.6 on the Richter scale, hit 10 km south-west of the town on June 17.

According to Geoscience Australia's senior seismologist Hugh Glanville, the quake was far from an uncommon occurrence.

“It's actually reasonably common for the area,” he said.

“Within 100 km of where the event took place we have had 28 earthquakes in the past 10 years.

“The two or three earthquakes each year are usually in that range of magnitude, between 2.2 and 3.3.

“They will happen every so often, but it's not the most common place we get, and they're usually only minorly felt.”

Mr Glanville said the location was ideal for feeling the occasional tremor.

“This is close to some of Victoria's more active areas,” he said.

“Out towards the Great Dividing Range we get a lot more activity, while the north-western plains and salt lakes get very little.

“Lockington is effectively right between those areas, so we get some regular quakes but nothing major.

“This was exactly what we expect a quake in the area to be, nothing major and nothing to worry about.”

The quake resulted in a minor aftershock a few days later which measured 0.6 on the Richter scale.