2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake

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2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake
2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake
2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake is located in Australia
2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake
Date 20 April 2010 (2010-04-20)
Origin time 00:17:08 UTC
08:17:08 WST
Magnitude 5.0 ML[1][2] (5.2 Mw[3])
Depth 10 km (6.2 mi)
Epicenter 30°31′48″S 121°39′11″E / 30.530°S 121.653°E / -30.530; 121.653Coordinates: 30°31′48″S 121°39′11″E / 30.530°S 121.653°E / -30.530; 121.653
Areas affected Australia
Casualties 2 minor injuries

The 2010 Kalgoorlie-Boulder earthquake was a Richter magnitude 5.0 earthquake that occurred near the city of Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Western Australia on 20 April 2010, at approximately 8:17 am WST.[1][2][3][4]

The earthquake caused major damage to the historic buildings in Kalgoorlie-Boulder. Its epicenter was approximately 10 km (10 mi) southwest of Kalgoorlie, at a depth of 10 km (6.2 mi). The duration of shaking lasted about 10–15 seconds and was felt up to 1,007 km (626 mi) away.[5] It was also the largest recorded in the Goldfields region and one of the largest in Australia.[4][6][7][8] No one was killed but two people were treated at Kalgoorlie Hospital for minor injuries resulting from the earthquake. It resulted in the temporary closure of local gold mines including the Super Pit gold mine.[9][10]

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  1. ^ a b Jone, Lloyd; Le May, Rebecca; Hayward, Andrea (20 April 2010). "Moderate earthquake rattles Western Australia Goldfields". Australian Associated Press (News.com.au). Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Government to help Kalgoorlie quake victims". ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation). 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Significant Earthquakes of the World - 2010". United States Geological Survey. 2010. Retrieved 14 February 2015. 
  4. ^ a b "Largest earthquake in Kalgoorlie on record". Media Releases. Geoscience Australia. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 2 May 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  5. ^ "Summary of Responses by City: M5.2–Western Australia". United States Geological Survey. 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  6. ^ Boddy, Natasha (20 April 2010). "Goldfields' biggest quake wreaks havoc". Yahoo7 (The West Australian). Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Tompson, Chris (20 April 2010). "Claims roll in as Kalgoorlie begins quake clean-up". Fairfax Digital (WA Today). Archived from the original on 22 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  8. ^ Tompson, Chris (21 April 2010). "Kalgoorlie quake damaged national treasures". Fairfax Digital (WA Today). Archived from the original on 24 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  9. ^ "Kalgoorlie Earthquake Closes Barrick-Owned Gold Mine (Update2)". Bloomberg (Bloomberg BusinessWeek). 20 April 2010. Archived from the original on 23 April 2010. Retrieved 22 April 2010. 
  10. ^ Australia's Super Pit gold mine reopens after quake

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