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Thursday, March 24th 2016

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Year 11 Geography Excursion Highlights

On Monday 21 March, Year 11 ATAR Geography students ventured out from the confines of the classroom to investigate the 1968 Meckering earthquake. After a stop at the famous Bakers Hill pie shop, the students arrived in Cunderdin. At the Cunderdin Museum the students began their investigation by experiencing the reconstruction of a house of the type that dominated the Meckering town site in 1968. The house replicates the impact of a 6.9 Richter scale earthquake shaking strongly. The after shocks were the most frightening.
The students listened to an eye witness account from a resident of Meckering, Mrs Ann Williams, providing great insight of the impact of those 40 seconds. The bus headed back to Meckering and the students explored the old town site, the ruins of Salisbury House which provided dramatic evidence of the power of the 1968 earthquake and finally investigating the remnants of the fault scarp, this location is the only surface expression of an earthquake ever seen anywhere in Australia and represents a remarkable geological and historical feature of Western Australia.
Janet March, Humanities Teacher

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