Seddon, Australia, rocked by earthquake

By Toby Manhire In The Internaut

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A month ago, the Las Vegas Guardian Express announced that Nelson Mandela had died, and the “inclusive” news site’s war on intelligence continues with a report of a severe earthquake centred in Seddon.

Seddon, Australia.

The online story, which appears to have been composed by a labrador with access to Wikipedia (and obviously has this story all confused), announces:

A severe earthquake with a magnitude of 6.2 has erupted in an area 20 kilometers east of Seddon.  Seddon is a suburb 7 km west of Melbourne, Australia, with a population of about 4,851 people. It is located in the state of Victoria on the southeast tip of Australia. 

How severe was this earthquake?

The shock effects of the quake have been felt as far away as Napier, in Western Australia, 3,302 kilometers (2,066 miles) from Melbourne.  This suggests that the path of the quake is along the southern part of Australia. 

Pretty severe, then.

via @RFStew, @LewStoddart

Update: The LVGE‘s services to bad taste and idiocy continue in this piece (no need to click on it), in which one of their other labradors correctly notes it’s an earthquake in Wellington, New Zealand, and illustrates it, without a caption, with a photograph of the collapsed Christchurch CTV building. (via @Phil_Wheeler)

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One Response to “Seddon, Australia, rocked by earthquake”

  1. Robyn Gallagher Jul 22 2013, 12:00pm

    The Guardian Express (founded 2012) isn't an actual newspaper and they don't really think the earthquake was in Australia. They don't even have staff and anyone can sign up and contribute. Amongst real news items, the site deliberately publishes false news in order to attract people mistakenly searching for the wrong thing. It's the same tactic as a spammer registering Linking to it from here is no doubt giving them just what they want.

    The Nelson Mandela death article was the same trick and last month it attracted the ire of Anonymous Africa who ran a DOS attack on the site.

    Most tellingly, while the Guardian Express has now acknowledged that the Australian quake article was wrong, they are refusing to edit or delete it, in order to "preserve our journalistic integrity". Why would they, when the site is still getting clicks from people searching for news of an earthquake in Australia?
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