Quake not expected to shake Gladstone industry...much

WITH the exception of the Wiggins Island lay-down area, Gladstone's major industries are well placed to cope with an earthquake, experts say.

The Wiggins lay-down area was built on mud, which would turn to liquid if it was shaken enough, but other major industries such as Orica and the NRG Power Station are not expected to be affected by tremors because of their location.

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The LNG facilities on Curtis Island sit next to a fault line that runs the length of The Narrows between the island and the mainland.

A spokesman from QGC said the plant's design meant it could remain operational even after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake.

Statistically, Queensland is well placed for another large event.

>> Read the WICET response here

The general consensus among seismologists is for a 6.0 quake every 100 years.

It's a theory that seismologist Mike Turnbull, the leader of the central Queensland seismic research group, agreed with - up until three weeks ago.

"I have now changed that to a magnitude six in 66 years on average," he said.

"I'm considered a bit controversial for that, but it's based on the same mathematical calculations used by BOM."

Mr Turnbull says understanding seismic activity is vital when it comes to the placement of major infrastructure.

Despite sustaining minor damage in a 6.0 magnitude earthquake in 1918, he says Gladstone is in a fairly safe spot.



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