METEOR SMASHES INTO AUSTRALIA: People left terrified as space rock causes houses to SHAKE
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RESIDENTS of Australia were left terrified after what is believed to be a meteor crashed into Queensland.
The space rock is believed to have crashed off-shore at Turkey Beach and Emerald in Queensland, Australia.
People in the area said the impact caused houses to tremble, with police confirming that they had received several calls in what many had thought was initially an earthquake.
However, Geoscience Australia has stated that there was no quake, with weather forecasters Higgins Storm Chasing saying that “it looks like a meteorite has impacted somewhere offshore”.
Australians took to social media to share their experiences.
Binny Dickinson wrote: “It felt like an explosion & before the house shook it was blinding light”.
“He turned around and saw a brilliant meteor or something flash overhead and disappeared over the sea.”
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More than 100 earthquakes hit Salton Sea amid quake swarm
According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the swarm of quakes started early Monday morning and continued into the evening. Quakes measuring 4.3 and 4.2 magnitude occurred Monday night.
Many of the quakes were centered near Bombay Beach. They were felt in a relatively small area around the Salton Sea, according to the USGS.
Swarms of small to moderate earthquakes are fairly common in the area. In 2009, the Salton Sea saw a swarm of more than 200 small quakes.
The sea sits atop a very thin crust that is being constantly stretched as the North American and Pacific plates grind against each other. The area is also veined by dozens of faults — most notably the San Andreeas -- that run parallel to and crisscross one another.
Scientists believe that because of the thinness of the crust, hotter material can get closer to the surface and cause temblors.
Seismologist Lucy Jones said on Twitter on Monday night that magnitude 4 quakes near the San Andreas “increase the chance” of a big quake “a little bit. But we have swarms without big [earthquakes] — most likely nothing more will happen.”
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