VIDEO: Seismologist warns to expect a stronger earthquake

UPDATE 12.30PM: A seismologist has warned the Fraser Coast to expect a stronger earthquake after this morning's 5.3 magnitude tremor.

Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Marco Maldoni said history had shown a second shock was likely.

"If there's going to be any further [shocks] we can't say for sure, all we can do it look at the past history," he said.

"You get the initial shock followed by smaller ones but sometimes you get the reverse; you get a foreshock proceeding a larger earthquake."

He said more often than not the larger shock comes first which releases most of the stress from the earth's crust.

"But it does happen on occasion- we don't know."

He said a series of aftershocks could be expected for the next few hours or days.

Updated Geoscience Australia records show two tremors were felt across the Fraser Coast this morning.

The first was a 5.3M tremor at 9.41am, before a second tremor 3.9M was recorded at 9.45am.

Geoscience Australia recorded both to be at a depth of 30km.

11AM: The Fraser Coast Regional Council says it's business as usual at the Fraser Coast Airport.

Mayor Gerard O'Connell said there were no reports of damage in the region.

Kawungan State School have used their Facebook page to urge parents to remain calm.

"There is NO threat of tsunami," the post read.

"There is NO need to pick up children."

DID YOU FEEL THE QUAKE? Send your stories, photos or videos to editorial@frasercoastchronicle.com.au.

10.50AM: UNITED States Geological Service recorded this morning's tremor off Fraser Coast as a 5.7M earthquake.

The USGS places the tremor 136km east of Torquay and 124km ENE of Rainbow Beach at a depth of 10km.

Geoscience Australia has finalised its data, placing the 5.3M earthquake at a depth of 30km.

The earthquake, which was felt as far inland as Kingaroy and between Bundaberg and Tweed Heads, occurred a 9.41am.

USGS recorded a 4.8M earthquake at the Philippines at 7.46am and a 5.4M earthquake at the Solomon Islands at 2.56am.

This mornings earth tremor recorded in Clayton's Nambour Head Office, turn the sound up, watch the plants/computers. Whole building was swaying, sure had us all wondering what was going on for a minute there.

Posted by Claytons Towing on Wednesday, July 29, 2015

 

10.40AM: The quake's epicentre was about 80km east of Eurong on Fraser Island.

Closer to the epicentre on Fraser Island, Eurong resident David Anderson said buildings rattled for 20 seconds.

He said this earthquake was felt more than February's tremor from Gayndah.

Coast Guard Sandy Strait have told the Chronicle there haven't been any reports from boat owners of damage or distress.

10.15AM: The home of Maryborough resident Kay Webb shook as the quake hit the Fraser Coast.

"I was in the kitchen boiling the jug and the whole house and the windows rattled," she said

At 10.02am the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre ruled out the threat of a tsunami on the east coast of Australia.

DETAILS: Geoscience Australia analyse the quake

NO THREAT: Bureau of Meteorology rule out tsunami fears

10AM: Tremors have been felt across the Fraser Coast less than 15 minutes ago after a 5.2 magnitude hit off the coast of Fraser Island.

Fraser Coast residents felt the strongest force of mother nature with the 5.2 magnitude earthquake's epicentre off the coast of Fraser Island

Geoscience Australia say the earthquake could have been felt up to 206km away.

Reports have come in from Gold Coast residents saying they felt the ground shaking.

Mag 5.3, Offshore Eastern Queensland. 30 July 2015, 09:41 (AEST). Lat, Long: 25.54S, 154.00E. Depth 53km. Info is preliminary. #eqaus

— EarthquakesGA(@EarthquakesGA) July 30, 2015


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