Published: Mon, July 15, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Strong 6.6 quake hits off northwest Australia: US Geological Survey

Strong 6.6 quake hits off northwest Australia: US Geological Survey

A 6.6-magnitude natural disaster has been felt across the state of Western Australia on Sunday and is believed to be the largest to ever hit the state.

The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre, in turn, said that the natural disaster was a little less powerful, with its magnitude standing at 6.4.

The quake struck about 200 kilometres off the coast, between Broome and Port Hedland at 1.39pm local time. Natural disaster in Indonesia: Tremors of Magnitude 6.9 Hits Island Nation in Molucca Sea; Tsunami Warning Issued.

It is also understood there has been no building damage, according to a police spokesman.

Tremors were felt from Broome all the way to Esperance, in the south-west, and Darwin, in the north, sparking fear along the Australian coast.

So far a 4.1-magnitude aftershock has been registered.

Such an natural disaster was uncommon for the region, Phil Cummins, a seismologist with Geoscience Australia, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The quake hit at a depth of 10km (6 miles), about 202km (126 miles) from the town of Broome in the state of Western Australia.

At least four aftershocks have been reported following the natural disaster, ranging from 3.8 to 5.2 magnitude.

And more aftershocks are to be expected, Phil Cummins, a geologist at Government's GeoScience Australia, warned.

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Derby resident Jody Gaunt was having a beer with friends when they felt the quake.

"An natural disaster of this size. the enormous size, it was felt up to Darwin and down to Perth".

'We were sitting outside and our chairs were rocking, ' she told AAP.

"The trees stopped moving and the breeze stopped blowing", she said.

"We were thinking, 'Is this real or not real?' We've never had an quake up here, or a tremor".

Over in Port Hedland, The Walkabout Hotel employee Shelley said it felt like being on a vibrating machine.

"I was outside and I just saw the cars moving".

Locals took to social media to report they had felt the earth move. It was a bit scary.

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