Earthquakes are a part of the natural world down here and it’s quite common to have one or two noticeable tremors a year. Given the architecture of the field huts, they seem to feel it more than the station buildings.
Station log 22/7/75
Big earth tremor this morning approx. ¼ past 7 Jovan recorded it at 5.5 (good graph).
Sandy Bay Hut log 7/2/80 — Jenny Scott
5 to 10 pm. An earth tremor sent a deluge of tinned food on to the floor and smashed a jar of pickles. More faint shudderings for another hour.
Green Gorge hut log 7/2/80 — Rod Seppelt
At 2154 had the shit shaken out of us by a bloody great shake of the terra firma. Amid the falling sauce bottles, books etc, guesstimated that it lasted approx. 20 secs. A secondary shock, much weaker at 2202, lasted about 1 second. Got on the radio and Jenny at Sandy Bay is also cleaning up the shambles. So, we believe, is Lusi Bay.
Lusi Bay hut log 7/2/80 — Tim Feetham
Well after nursing our swollen blistered feet and broken backs we made tea… before we could finish the hut started to take off with things falling from the shelves… Dave was on his feet holding the lamp to stop it from falling and creating a real disaster with fire. There was me in complete confusion thinking the hut was going to fall over onto the beach with me inside. Me being a great brave ANARE expeditioner, bailed out of the hut at the first opportunity (about 2 secs after it finished shaking) asking Dave who was still inside looking at the mess for a torch… a mass of mud about 3 ft thick 10 ft wide and 100ft long stopping about 100ft from the back of the hut.
Lusi Bay hut log 7/2/80 — Dave Barrett
How can I describe our trepidations as commodities of every description, (nay the walls and fixtures themselves!) did commence to move aright by their own volition, their countenance made most eiry by the dancing light of the now violently oscillating lantern burning pressured oil of kerosene! Be still my trembling pulses as I recall Mr Feetham’s surprised cry wrenched most cruelly from his bosom as greater shocks befell our senses and rended the situation more confused and of utter disarray… the fearful discoveries as we began to set aright the confusions following our brief sojourn into a world of shocks and disquiet.
Green Gorge hut log 8/2/80 — Rod S
Heard on evening sked… from Rod L. that a few things were damaged at base in the quake yesterday. Also that news of the quake had hit the Australian papers — we’re famous folks! Quake about 6–7 intensity and about 40 miles north or south of the seismic hut apparently.
Hurd Point hut log 10/2/80
HM and Gazbo arrived from Caroline to be the first in after the earthquake on the night of the seventh. What a mess! At least one of everything in a glass bottle was in a pool on the floor. Half full drum of dieso must have leapt in fear and planted itself beside the hut. Two good rockfalls, one either side of the hut but well back at the base of the hill; and hundred or so yards away. Went into Windsor Bay enroute to Hurd to find many rockfalls all along its length. A few of them went through the penguins crushing 100 or more and 1 ele seal.
Green Gorge hut log 11/2/80 — Howie & Gazbo
Very little earthquake-induced landslides north of Luci (unlike south end of the island).
Station log 30/11/92
An earth tremor occurred at 5:30pm and was recorded in all field huts with Bauer Bay feeling 3 shakes. The scale in the BMR room went off the scale — only the second one in the year which we have felt.
Station log 18/9/2000
An earthquake happened at 0428 this morning at 22km from the island and the strength could not be determined as it was too close for the formula to be correct. In my opinion the way it shook my bunk made it quite a strong one!
Station Log 07/12/2006
Our first earthquake at 0735, low rumble for 15–20 seconds with a very strong section in the middle. A call from Hurd Point — they experienced the same tremor.