This is an official notice from the Department of Fire and Emergency Services.
It is essential that the words are not changed.
Please note there is no change to the previous alert
The following alert has been issued by the Department of Fire and Emergency Services (DFES)
Time of issue: 11:03 AM
Date of issue: 18 July 2019
Take care after earthquake along the north west coast in the Shire of Broome
Geoscience Australia has advised that a magnitude 6.6 earthquake occured of 210 kilometres west south west of Broome on 14/07/2019 13:39:00.
People in the area should take care as aftershocks are possible and there may be dangers caused by damage.
WHAT TO DO:
- Expect aftershocks.
- If you experience aftershocks;
- Drop to the ground; take cover under a sturdy table or other heavy furniture and hold on until the shaking stops. Stay away from windows, glass, lighting fixtures or furniture, such as bookcases that could fall.
- If you can quickly evacuate the property, go outside and wait for the shaking to stop in a clear and open area.
- Be alert for Dangerous Tides (coastal area only).
- Be careful of damaged buildings and falling debris. Wear safe footwear.
- Do not use lifts
- Do not use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames.
- Check to see if your neighbours are safe.
If your home or property has been damaged you should:
- Turn off electricity, gas and water, if it is safe to do so.
- Use a torch when entering a building – never use matches, cigarette lighters or naked flames due to the potential of flammable gas.
- Assess your home and property for damage, take photographs as soon as possible and contact your insurance company to organise repairs.
- Check welfare of pets and animals.
- Start cleaning up around your home if it is safe to do so – stack loose material clear of water meters, valves and powerlines.
- Clean up potentially harmful materials or medicines which may have spilled.
Roads have not been closed
Motorists are asked to avoid the area, reduce speed and drive carefully.
Road information may also be available from Main Roads WA by calling 138 138 or visiting www.mainroads.wa.gov.au
Geoscience Australia have advised that a magnitude 6.6 earthquake occurred 210 kilometres west south west of Broome on Sunday 14 July at 1:39pm. The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre have confirmed that there is currently NO TSUNAMI THREAT TO THE AUSTRALIAN MAINLAND, ISLANDS OR TERRITORIES from this earthquake or its aftershocks.
WHAT EMERGENCY SERVICES ARE DOING:
Emergency services are on standby and are monitoring the situation.
- People who need assistance can call SES on 132 500.
- In a life threatening emergency call 000.
KEEP UP TO DATE:
Visit www.emergency.wa.gov.au, call 13 DFES (13 3337), follow DFES on Twitter: https://twitter.com/dfes_wa, Facebook: https://facebook.com/dfeswa/, listen to ABC Local Radio or listen to news bulletins.
Updates will be provided when the situation changes.