A recent earthquake in the Sydney area has belied the popular misconception that Australia and its building stock are safe from seismic risk.

The 3.5 magnitude earthquake struck the Campbelltown area in southwestern Sydney at around 7:15 am on Tuesday, October 8. Campebelltown is located only 50 kilometres from Sydney’s bustling central business district, while the epicentre of the earthquake itself was only 30 kilometres away from the Lucas heights nuclear reactor. Although…