Australia: historical earthquake studies

K. McCue

Abstract


Historical studies of earthquakes in Australia using information dating back to 1788 have been comprehensive, if not exhaustive. Newspapers have been the main source of historical earthquake studies. A brief review is given here with an introduction to the pre-European aboriginal dreamtime information. Some of the anecdotal information of the last two centuries has been compiled as isoseismal maps. Relationships between isoseismal
radii and magnitude have been established using post-instrumental data allowing magnitudes to be assigned to the pre-instrumental data, which can then be incorporated into the national earthquake database. The studies have contributed to hazard analyses for the building codes and stimulated research into microzonation and paleo-seismology.

Keywords


historical earthquakes;Australia

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.4401/ag-3308
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Published by INGV, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia - ISSN: 2037-416X