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Newcastle remembers fateful 1989 earthquake

Looking back: George Di Berardino and Raffaele Pignetti, outside the Kent Hotel, said they were lucky they weren’t on Beaumont Street when the earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale struck. Picture: Simone De PeakNewcastle earthquake impossible to forget
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LIFELONG friends George Di Berardino and Raffaele Pignetti have been meeting regularly for coffee on Beaumont Street for six decades.

But a series of seemingly small decisions on December 28, 1989, meant they were not on the street at 10.27am when theearthquake struck and shookthe awnings that collapsed and killed three.

“Sometimes the littlest things can change your life,” Mr Pignetti said.

The 27thanniversary of one of the most serious natural events in n history passed largely unnoticed on Beaumont Street, which along with Newcastle Workers Club bore the brunt of the destruction.

Reflecting on a fateful day | photos Hamilton community rallies to help vicitims of earthquake and to clear debris in search of more trapped persons. Picture: Supplied

Hamilton community rallies to help victims of earthquake and to clear debris in search of more trapped persons

Kathryn Gray outside her wrecked home at 44 Laman St Newcastle Earthquake

Newcastle residents in a demolished home following the 1989 earthquake

Newcastle 1989 earthquake 25-year anniversary. Former NBN cameraman Stewart Osland films the event on the corner of King and Union streets, Newcastle west.

Newcastle Workers Club demolition Steven Bennett 13 of Blackalls Park and Martin Blaxell 9 of Lapston, Blue Mountains. Picture: Anita Jones

Newcastle earthquake victim being taken into the Mater Hospital by Ambulance and hospital staff 28-12-1989 photo by Anita Jones

Gaye Windsor says her bit at the meeting at West Leagues Club to Ross Hemsworth, manager of Health & Building Surveillance.

Otto, Lindsay demolished shop Newcastle Earthquake

Blood donors at police boys club broadmeadow Bruce Garnham of Marylands.

Woman stacking bricks to be used in reconstruction Pam Goldman 41 Stevenson Place 2-1-1990

Royal Newcastle Hospital staff being briefed by Dr 28-12-1989. Credit- Newcastle Museum

Bob Hawke talks to the press Newcastle earthquake disaster aftermarth 28-12-89 Bob Hawke Talks To The Press 28-12-89

Newcastle earthquake victim being transported by ambulance to the Mater Hospittal Photo by Ken Robson 28-12-1989

devastated newcastle buildings Newcastle Earthquake Laman Street 28-12-1989 Museum

Hamilton community rallies to help victims of earthquake and to clear debris in search of more trapped persons

Mrs Kay Brown outside the ncle ambulance station in Hamilton. She was inside when the earthquake hit and collapsed the walls next to her

Woman stacking bricks to be used in reconstruction. Pam Goldman, 41 Stevenson Place

Earthquake repairs. Paul Williams and Andrew Gilkinson of Project Technology installing porting for grout injection on the face of the Newcastle Court House

War memorial and Junction Motor Lodge damaged by quake.

he chief of the Geophysics Division at the n Seismolegicial Centre in Canberra, Dr David Denham, with the seismologicial chart of the earthquake

George Hotel in Newcastle just after the earthquake on the day of its demolition as a result of earthquake damage

Earthquake damage to road, Bridge St, Waratah.

Police rescue squad from Marrickville get their first break from earthquake duty at Ncle Workers Club Newcastle Earthquake

rescue crews working to find people trapped under rubble beneath the kent hotel awning in hamilton

Mary Ironman rescued from the Newcastle Workers Club in 1989

Denny Milligan at his home in the Junction

Newcastle Workers Club.

Tech College Vice Principal Phil Warren in courtyord of Darling Building at Tighes Hill campus.

Western end Workers Club 1989

TweetFacebookHeraldspoke to on Thursday said they had not realised the significance of the date before they read the news and were divided about commemorating the event.

Mr Pignetti had driven along Beaumont Street minutes before the quake to see if any friends wereat a cafe they frequented on Cleary Street. Unable to spot any, he drove to the restaurant he and his wife operated in Charlestown Square, onlyto find the centre being evacuated.

“There were always a few fellas here, but just that morning there was no-one. I believe there should be some kind of memorial to remind you thatthese things can happen in anyone’s life and that little things have the power to change your life. If I had found a friend that morning I could have been one of the victims.”

Mr Di Berardino would meet friendsoutside the front door of The Kent every morningbefore they went for coffee. He was delayed and driving along Glebe Road when he saw people running from their houses.

“It’s nice to remind people what happened, but I think they’ve left it too late to start an official memorial service now –it would be different if they were carrying oneon.”

Julie Tipper said there should be a place to remember the quake’s dead.“It’s part of our history. We definitely need to move forward but it does not hurt to remember things that happened in our past.”

Justine Cogan said the quake made her realise mother nature’s power and mankind’s fragility. “People have different periods of grieving and ways to grieve,” she said.

“Any memorial would have to be demanded by the people most affected.”

Brian Cogan said the city “just got on with the job” after the quake and had“never done agood job of commemorating anything”.

“People that died should be remembered, but there’s no point for a memorial. People don’t give a lot of time and thought freely these days.”

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