Australian earthquake - Brisbane Qld

15 December 2002


An earthquake occurred at 11.39pm (local time) centred under the north western suburbs of Brisbane, Qld. The event measured 3.0 on the Richter scale and was felt by many residents. The earthquake woke people who heard loud noises and felt some movement.

A shallow earthquake of this size would be felt over a radius of approximately 30 km but would not be expected to cause any damage. The last earthquake recorded in the Brisbane region was a magnitude 2.7 event recorded under Acacia Ridge in July 1996.

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Topic contact: media@ga.gov.au Last updated: October 4, 2013