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Earthquakes in South Australia, latest is near Olympic Dam uranium mine

SEISMIC SURGE IN FAR NORTH: 3.9 EARTHQUAKE NEAR ROXBY DOWNS, Coober Pedy Regional Times,  26 March 12, A 3.9 magnitude earthquake has struck near Olympic Dam in South Australia’s Mid – Far North overnight,   in addition to a spate of 4 separate earthquakes in the Far North of the state in the past week.

The succession of medium to significant earthquakes has promted  Geoscience Australia to begin setting up seismic monitoring equipment in the Far North where three of the earthquakes occured last week including a 6.1 magnitude quake….. The most recent earthquake which occured overnight is not far from the townships of Roxby Downs and Andamooka near the Stuart Highway, and situated within relatively close proximity to a number of the state’s mining and prospecting operations including the Olympic Dam uranium mine, whose massive orebody engulfs the 35km Masher’s Fault. ……


March 26, 2012 - Posted by | safety, South Australia |

1 Comment »

  1. It’s good to see an objective coverage on the Olympic Dam earthquake. I was disgusted to read both Geoscience Australia and the ABC clumsily rush to defend BHP Billiton over this latest earthquake in South Australia. Did anyone blame BHP for setting off a seismic event? Despite that it is a strong possibility, the lack of concern for the residents of Roxby Down in the ABC story, had the earthquake been 10km in the opposite direction, was appalling.


    Comment by Maria Cheney | March 27, 2012 | Reply

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