On this day: the Newcastle Earthquake

At 10:27am on the 28th of December, 1989, an earthquake hit Newcastle, Australia. Measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale, the quake caused around $4 billion damage to the New South Wales city, left thirteen people dead, and injured over 160 others.

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Nine people were killed in the Newcastle Workers Club, where the floor collapsed.

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As there was a bus strike the day of the disaster, fewer people than usual were in town.

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