A local lobby group has called for a public holiday to be created to commemorate the recent earthquake in Canberra.
“Earthquakes don’t happen often in Canberra, and this one really rocked the capital. We surely should have a public holiday to celebrate, especially since it was conveniently on a Friday,” said Jenna Blake from the Canberra Holiday Trust Group in an exclusive interview with The Canberra News Digestive.
“We lobbied hard for Melbourne Cup to be a holiday, and subsequently the Family and Community Day. Is anyone going to argue that Canberra does not need another holiday?”
Social media outlet Twitter formed the epicentre of public speculation that an earthquake had happened at around 5am on Friday 20 April 2012.
Most commentators suggested the earthquake felt like a freight train or a 1970 Holden Torana GTR XU1 driving past.
Former Prime Minister Bob Hawke allegedly tweeted “Any senior executive that sacks a public servant for not going to work today is a bum!”
The Canberra Earthquake measured 3.7 on the Richter scale, and an 8.7 on the Elation scale.