Yes, that’s right. 5.7 on the Richter Scale. That was the size of the earthquake that woke us very early last Thursday morning.
We had felt a smaller earthquake, really just a little shuddering of the house, in the middle of the night. We thought nothing of it and went back to sleep. Then, some time later, we both shot awake as the house started to rattle quite noticeably.
We were out of bed and assessing whether we needed to get out of the house or position ourselves under a door-frame, when everything went quiet and it was time to put the kettle on. Drama over.
Apparently the epi-centre was about 75 km away from Madang and 50 km underground.
That’s enough, now. I’ve done earthquakes. Don’t want any more, thank you.