The 1989 Newcastle earthquake occurred in Newcastle, New South Wales on Thursday, 28 December. The shock measured 5. 6 on the Richter magnitude scale and was one of Australia's most serious natural disasters, killing 13 people and injuring more than 160. The damage bill has been estimated at A$4 billion (or $8. 5 billion in 2018, adjusted for inflation), including an insured loss of about $1 billion (or $2. 1 billion in 2018, adjusted for inflation).
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