Train stations in the Northern Territory have been hit by a massive earthquake that has killed at least nine workers.
Key points:The train station was built in the 1970s and was the site of several earthquakesThe quake struck in the afternoon and was felt for miles aroundThe state government says the area is safe but it is not yet known if anyone was hurtThe quake was felt from far away and shook remote villages in the Kimberley National Park.
It was felt in Darwin, which was one of the hardest hit areas.
The State Government said the quake was one metre (three feet) below the surface and was centred around a train station in the town of Gudmundup.
“It was one or two kilometres away from the Gudundup train station,” Minister for Planning and Infrastructure Andrew Bracken said.
“I was at home watching TV, and I heard a very, very loud, violent sound.
I looked out and I saw the town was shaking.”
Mr Brackens family moved to the region in the 1980s from Australia’s New South Wales region.
“They were just starting to build a house in the area and we knew the road we were driving on was quite well travelled,” he said.’
A disaster waiting to happen’The damage was extensive and the quake struck at around 4:00pm (AEST) on Friday.
“There’s a lot of debris and we’ve seen some people walk across the road, so there was a lot,” Mr Brackenson said.
Mr Bracksons wife and two children, aged nine and 10, were on the same road at the time.
“We’ve been told that some of the houses that we’ve been looking at were damaged, but I think that the house that was damaged is going to be rebuilt,” he added.’
It’s devastating to us’Rail tracks were also ripped out from under the station and cars were damaged.
“Some of the cars have been damaged, some of them we don’t know,” he explained.
“A lot of cars have lost roofs, some houses are gone, cars are missing from the road.”‘
The town is completely demolished’Mr Brackedens family is worried about their own home and are looking for help from the public.
“You’re talking about a community that’s just completely destroyed, a community gone,” he told ABC Radio Darwin.
“This is the worst case scenario.
The town is totally demolished.”
The people of Gudgewe have been devastated.
It’s a community, a town, a family and it’s devastated.
“Inspector Brackensen said there were no immediate reports of injuries, but there were concerns the quake could have been triggered by a nearby earthquake.”
Any earthquake or anything that can trigger a small, intense earthquake is very difficult to monitor,” he stated.”
However, we do know that the station itself is seismically active and so we’ve got a lot more information that will be available to us.
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