SINGAPORE (Reuters) – An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck west of Australia’s seaside resort of Broome, the USA Geological Survey stated on Sunday, with residents saying the affect shook some buildings and pushed groceries off cabinets.
There have been no fast experiences of harm or casualties within the quake, which the company initially stated was of magnitude 6.9, hitting at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 203 km (126 miles) offshore from the city within the state of Western Australia.
Movies posted on social media confirmed automobiles and buildings shaking and groceries being knocked from cabinets, with some residents reporting minor harm to companies.
“We simply had an earthquake in Broome,” one resident of the city stated on Twitter. “The entire home was shaking and it went for ages. By no means skilled something prefer it earlier than – fairly wonderful.”
Such an earthquake was unusual for the area, Phil Cummins, a seismologist with Geoscience Australia, informed the Australian Broadcasting Company.
“It’s fairly uncommon … you would possibly see this occasion each 20 years,” Cummins stated.
Broome is situated within the Kimberley area, a web site for mining and petroleum manufacturing in Australia’s northwest.
The earthquake was broadly felt in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, a distance of greater than 2,000 km (1,242 miles) away, information from Geoscience Australia confirmed. An aftershock of four.1 was additionally recorded.
Reporting by Clarence Fernandez and Will Ziebell; Enhancing by Christian Schmollinger