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What is the likelihood of an even bigger earthquake occuring at this location? (Reference to the August 2016, 5.8 magnitude earthquake)
Geoscience Australia develops the National Seismic Hazard Assessment to support the update of the earthquake loading standard in the building code. Based on the last assessment, we expect that a magnitude 5.5 to occur, on average, every 2000 years. A larger magnitude 6.5 would be expected to occur, on average, every 15,000 years. These assessments are informed by what has happened in the past. Now that a magnitude 5.8 has occurred, we expect there is approximately a one per cent chance of a magnitude 6.0-6.5 earthquake occurring in the next two years.

Earthquakes

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1. What is the likelihood of an even bigger earthquake occuring at this location? (Reference to the August 2016, 5.8 magnitude earthquake)
2. What magnitude earthquake at this location would potentially generate a tsunami? (Reference to the August 2016, 5.8 magnitude earthquake)
3. If I feel an earthquake, should I immediately head to higher ground?
4. If a Tsunami was generated from this location, how long would it take to hit Bowen or Airlie Beach? (Reference to the August 2016, 5.8 magnitude earthquake)
5. How long are the aftershocks likely to continue for? (Reference to the August 2016, 5.8 magnitude earthquake)
6. How long does it take for Tsunami warnings to be issued after an earthquake?
7. Who receives the Tsunami warnings?
8. If an evacuation is required in the middle of the night, how will I be notified?
9. Will I receive a text message (Emergency Alert) for a Tsunami warning?
10. What protection does the Great Barrier Reef offer the Whitsunday’s against tsunamis?
11. What was the ARI or AEP of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake for the Whitsunday Region?
12. What are the building standards for earthquakes?
13. Do cyclone building standards applied to new structures in Qld help mitigate damage from earthquakes (are there commonalities)?
14. What advice can Geoscience Australia give the residents of the Whitsunday’s regarding earthquakes and the continuing threat and risk to the community?
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