Did Gladstone meteor cause Queensland earthquake?
HARVARD Astrophysicist Jonathan McDowell has ruled out the earthquake near Airlie Beach was a result of a meteor near Gladstone.
He believes that the likely cause of the bright lights, boom and shaking experience in Gladstone at about 8.30 was caused by a meteor.
"A big one, first in several years," he said.
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"I'm guessing about a rock about a metre across which would have been big enough perhaps to leave fragments."
But the earthquake near Airlie beach was recorded almost two hours after people the possible meteor made its mark in Gladstone.
"Any related quake would have been within a minute of that shaking," he said.
"It's just a coincidence, there are lots of small quakes all the time in your party of the world of course.
"it's possible the shaking was a sonic boom from the meteor (as opposed to it hitting the ground)."