By: Kyle James | 09-16-2018 | News
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Australia Weekend Recap: Earthquake, Mass Festival Overdose, Rollover Crash (Video)

Residents of Australia are reeling after a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck 58kms from Kojonup, according to an earthquake expert. Phil Cummins, a Geoscience Australia senior seismologist, said aftershocks should be expected over the next several weeks with the largest to be a unit of magnitude below the main earthquake. The original earthquake shook homes from Albany to Perth around 1 p.m. local time.

"So that would be 4.6, and that is still a fairly large earthquake, a moderate-sized earthquake and could be felt over a reasonable area," Cummins said. "It's always possible these could be leading up to something bigger, but I think it’s more likely we’ll see a decrease in size and frequency." He went on to say it was unlikely Sunday's earthquake was linked to a magnitude 3.5 earthquake off the coast of Albany Wednesday night.

"If you were right there in the epicentral area then you could feel quite small earthquakes, you might find that the aftershocks go on for a week or a few weeks," he said. "But, because in this case, most people live pretty far away from the earthquake, they will only feel the large ones, and they will probably die off relatively quickly, within a few days or a week would be my rough guess. Aftershock sequences can be different, some of them are very energetic and some aren't."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Region: Walpole, Great Southern Region, Western Australia<br>Mag: 5.6<br>Event Local Time: 16-09-2018 12:56:23 AWST<br>Lat: -34.41, Lon:116.74<br>Dep: 0km<a href=""></a></p>&mdash; EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) <a href="">September 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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A festival over the weekend left two people dead from an overdose and left another two in critical condition. The two victims were identified as a 23-year-old woman and a 21-year-old male; both collapsed at the festival in Castlereagh around 9 p.m. Saturday. Both died a short time later at Nepean hospital, according to police. A 26-year-old woman from Jamisontown remains in critical condition while a 19-year-old man from Artarmon also remains in critical condition due to an overdose.

Police reported 13 more people were hospitalized for drug-related issues while another 700 people sought help from medical staff at the festival. The organizers warned all ticket holders that the festival grounds had a zero-tolerance policy toward drugs. "This means that all types of soft- and hard drugs are prohibited. If drugs are found, you will be handed over to the police," the festival's website said.

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Police ultimately charged 10 people with drug supply offenses including two 17-year-old girls who brought 120 capsules into the festival "internally". A total of 69 people were found in possession of drugs at the event which was held at Sydney International Regatta Center. A new police strikeforce named Highworth has been established to investigate the two deaths.

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A man was killed in a separate incident involving two motorcycles that collided Sunday morning on the Brand Highway in Eneabba. A second man was transported to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctors Service with serious injuries. Police say the crash occurred near the intersection of Brand Highway and Eneabba Drive around 10:30 a.m. Sunday local time. Major Crash is investigating the accident but the cause is still unknown.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Serious traffic crash on Brand Hwy at the intersection of Eneabba Drive outside of the Eneabba townsite. All road users are asked to avoid the Brand Hwy at Eneabba due to road closures. <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#fb</a></p>&mdash; Geraldton Police (@GeraldtonPol) <a href="">September 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In other news, a brawl broke out at Steel Blue Oval during the dying stages of Saturday's WAAFL grand final between Scarborough and Fremantle CBC. The incident was caught on video by Twitter user @BradCollett and shows at least 100 people fighting on a grass embankment. WAAFL General Manager David Armstrong said the brawl wouldn't effect Scarborough's drought-breaking 46-point win.

Mr. Armstrong said, "It was certainly from my point of view pretty isolated. When you’ve got two competing clubs and the banter that goes between the two clubs, it’s just disappointing, but it’s all forgotten. You’ve got premiers here, and they’re going to celebrate pretty hard tonight."

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Fair scenes at <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#WAAFL</a> AGrade GF with all in brawl in can bar <a href=";ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#ScarbvsCBC</a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Bradley Collett (@BradCollett) <a href="">September 15, 2018</a></blockquote>

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In politics, the Victoria Police will be able to issue immediate and indefinite intervention orders in cases involving family violence if the coalition wins the election in November. As the law stands now, officers must get approval from supervisors to obtain such orders which will then stay in place for 14 days. They must also be formally set by a court but all that could change if the proposed reform is passed, according to Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.

The new law would mean any officer ranked senior constable and above on a family violence call could be allowed to issue an order for the accused perpetrator to stay away, effectively bypassing the court approval process. "This change will give police the powers to intervene straight away," Guy told reporters.

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Parts of Australia's Hutt Lagoon turned pink and the extraordinary sight was captured on video with a drone. The water changes to pink from high salt levels and as the seasons change so does the hue at different times of the day.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Extraordinary drone video captures vivid, bubblegum-pink waters of Australia&#39;s Hutt Lagoon.<br><br>It gets its color from high salt levels, and changes hue with the seasons and time of day. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; ABC News (@ABC) <a href="">September 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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Another baffling video was captured via dash cam and shows the frightening moment a truck in Western Australia rolled over while taking a dangerous bend at too high a speed. The driver of the vehicle with the dashcam pulls over to render aid but the video only captures the initial moments of the roll.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">Dashcam footage has captured the frightening moment when a truck in Western Australia rolled over after negotiating a dangerous bend. <a href=""></a> <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; (@newscomauHQ) <a href="">September 16, 2018</a></blockquote>

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