GSWA in the Goldfields

The Joe Lord Core Library will be the venue for GSWA in the Goldfields to be held on Thursday 15 November 2018. There will be presentations from 2 to 4.30 pm with an introduction and welcome by Ian Tyler, Director, Geoscience, GSWA.

The following core will be on display:

Raglan Drilling Geology Lecture Series — Hannans Club, 44 Brookman St, Kalgoorlie, 5.30 pm for 6 pm start.


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Free database and online systems training — only November sessions left for 2018

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Systems include:

A desktop computer will be available for each participant.

The Perth training has been divided into two sessions: for mining companies/geologists (morning), and for prospectors (afternoon).

The Kalgoorlie training is open to anyone (full day).

This follows GSWA in the Goldfields event to be held on 15 November (see previous story).

To register for the Perth and Kalgoorlie sessions, email Please include your details (name, company name, telephone number), with the name, location and date of the training you wish to attend. For the Perth sessions, please indicate whether you wish to attend the mining companies/geologist (morning) or prospector (afternoon) training.

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Understanding the Meckering earthquake, Western Australia, 14 October 1968

Locals recall an eerie feeling on the Queen’s birthday holiday morning of 14 October 1968 in the wheatbelt town of Meckering, 130 km from Perth.

Wildlife and livestock were acting strangely but none of the town’s 500 residents suspected the calamity that would engulf their community at 10.59 am.

Striking with the force of 10 atomic bombs similar to the one that destroyed Hiroshima in World War II, an earthquake measuring 6.9 on the Richter Scale flattened the small town in 40 seconds.

Amazingly, no one was killed but 20 people were injured, 50 homes were destroyed and shops, churches, sheds and water supplies were devastated. The survivors were lucky that it was a public holiday and the school and shops were closed. Major roads were impassable, telephone and power connections were cut, and the damage bill reached
$1.5 million (about $5 million today).

The Shire Meckering earthquake Cover of Cunderdin and the community of Meckering recently commemorated the 50th anniversary of one of Australia’s most significant earthquakes. The Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety (DMIRS) was invited to contribute to the commemoration event by producing a special 30-page book to help people understand what happened 50 years ago and why. Free copies were available on the day.

‘Meckering 50yrs On’ Event Co-ordinator Rebekah Burges is thrilled with the publication, Understanding the Meckering Earthquake.

‘The department has certainly gone above and beyond anything we ever expected,’ Rebekah said. ‘We had no idea that we would end up with something this good.’

Quality photos, colour diagrams, a geological map identifying the fault traces, and detailed explanations of how earthquakes happen are all packaged into Understanding the Meckering Earthquake. This compact colourful book will be of interest to residents, visitors and anyone who wants to know more about Western Australian geology.

The Meckering earthquake was located in a well-documented zone of seismic activity which is the most active region in Australia, measuring roughly 300 by 500 km, about 150 km east of Perth and known as the South West Seismic Zone.

More than 12 000 earthquakes have been recorded in the area since September 2001; most of these events were aftershocks of larger events.

Get your free PDF of Understanding the Meckering Earthquake, Western Australia, 14 October 1968 on the eBookshop. View the book as a two-page spread

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GABANINTHA 1:100 000 Geological Series map
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Record 2018/8 Geology, resources and exploration potential of the Ellendale diamond project, West Kimberley, Western Australia
by Boxer, R and Rockett, G

Fieldnotes: GSWA newsletter July 2018 number 87
Fieldnotes: GSWA newsletter October 2018 number 88

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Digital-only Fieldnotes — October issue now available

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Fieldnotes October 2018 number 88 is now available

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