Fire, Flood, Pestilence ... and now an Earthquake!

drron

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In the middle of Launceston those lying in beds felt it but those of us standing did not.
 
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As per my pic and comment above:

In that pic, the roof and supporting structure is new, and the new structure may not have been tied properly to the masonry wall at the top, allowing it to flex more in the tremor. Masonry walls are typically weak and need to be tied.

But many possibilities. Masonry facades in earthquakes that fall often do so if not tied back to the structure properly. It may never have been tied (and in particular the top part of the wall may not have been tied if it was built up above the old roofline. The old ties may have corroded. Or the ties at the top where the new work may have been removed and not reinstated, or if so not reinstated adequately.

Or the wall may have had other flaws.

PS. I am an engineer.
Thanks - interesting perspective
… of course we have no tradies now to do work..too busy with other ‘diversions’
 

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I live close to the buildings featured in the video - good thing out house over century old - really shaky but nothing cracked or ecen moved.
 

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The largest earthquake I remembered was in Bali when Mt Agung was active. It was in the early hours but I'd taken a bathroom break and being in a tiny enclosed room when the walls were all moving was a little unsettling. Also remembered one in SA during the night when I was home alone. I heard the rattling coming across the buildings like rolling thunder. As it passed I thought, that must have been an earthquake then rolled over and went straight back to sleep.
 

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Typical press that forget their other states East of NSW and Vic - we felt it in SA as well

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Definitely felt/heard the first one here in Elwood, the dogs went nuts too. Didn't notice the subsequent tremors.
Friend who lives in Alexandra had their 2nd story balcony collapse. Nobody injured.
 

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Given they all turned up at an agreed time it's hard to believe any of them are actually tradies.

Yes some clearly are not tradies. ie Some are wearing el-cheapo fluoro vests to try and be faux tradies.

Besides the ones there who are actual construction workers are most likely in the main not from the actual tradesmen cohorts.
 

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NM's Public Service Announcement:

In case of earthquake, head immediately to your nearest Officeworks, because everyone knows that the safest place to be during an earthquake is in a stationery store.
 

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Thanks - interesting perspective
… of course we have no tradies now to do work..too busy with other ‘diversions’

Though emergency work and work to makes things safe can still occur, including for a "new" project such as this .

Realistically permanent work would not occur within a fortnight anyway as the design and construction of the building will need to be assessed as in what will required for repair and/ or rectification/strengthening works. The remaining facade will need to be assessed to see if it is unstable, and if it is an immediate risk.
 
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We’re on the top floor of a 20 story apartment building in Docklands. The sound of the building creaking and the overall shaking scared me silly. Not knowing it was an earthquake, I thought it was a structural issue with the building and it was about to come down Florida style without warning. Grabbed the dog, yelled at the other half to get out, and we raced down the stairwell. I was very relieved when I saw others out on the street too from different buildings, only then I realised it wasn’t just our building ready to bury us alive. I guess we got more swaying motion being on the top floor. We seemed to have some sea-legs all day yesterday from it, was very strange.
 
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