Supposed Earthquake at Minden.
[FROM OUR IPSWICH CORRESPONDENT.] March 13.
It was rumoured in Ipswich yesterday that an earthquake had taken place on Tuesday night, at Minden, a farming district, some seven or eight miles from Rosewood. A representative
of the Queensland Times, on his way to Laidley, interrogated a few people at Walloon as to the accuracy of the report, and was informed that it had been circulated at that place. He subsequently repeated his inquiries at Rose- wood, with a like result. Several had it that a few farms had moved, while others affirmed that houses had disappeared. It was stated that, at the time the shook occurred, houses in
the wave-line were violently trembling, and crockeryware rattling and smashing. No re- liable particulars are as yet to hand, with the exception of the following telegram, which was received yesterday by the Ipswich telegraph master (Mr. T. Towell), from Mr. J. I. Holds- worth, station-master at Walloon:—" Just been reported here earthquake Minden, last night; houses have disappeared." Many who have heard these rumours put very little faith in them, and many are the remarks, " Oh! it's only a landslip;" while others give credence to the news. A great deal of anxiety prevails here, as well as at Walloon and Rosewood. A telegram was sent to Marburg making in- quiries, but, up till a late hour last night, communication with the Marburg Telegraph Office was impossible. I hear that a horseman went out from one of the townships, but did not, on account of the impassable state of the roads, go to Minden. On the road, however, he was informed that a shock had indeed taken place, which was felt some considerable dis- tance away. However, whether it is an earth quake or landslip, it is, apparently, a very serious matter, and fuller particulars will be anxiously looked for. A contributor, to whom the foregoing tele- gram was shown, scouts the idea of the dis- turbance recorded above being the result of an earthquake. He states that Minden is a com- pact little farming settlement, situated almost exactly in the centre of the Rosewood scrub, and populated principally by prosperous Ger- man families. There are, perhaps, 200 persons resident in Minden, which is of the ordinary character of Queensland bush towns, being possessed of a few good residences, two or three stores, two churches, post office, &c. Maize is almost exclusively grown in the dis- trict. The soil is of a rich black character, relieved here and there with stretches of fine chocolate soil. The black soil is of considerable depth, and very heavy maize and lucerne crops reward the efforts of the industrious farmers. It seems most likely that the tremor expe- rienced is the result of a heavy landslip in some of the adjacent ranges, probably travel- ling from the rising ground at Tallegalla.