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'The whole house was shaking' – magnitude 6.6 earthquake hits Australia

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck west of Australia’s beach resort of Broome, the United States Geological Survey said on Sunday, with residents saying the impact shook some buildings and pushed items off shelves.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties in the
quake, which the agency initially said was of magnitude 6.9,
hitting at a depth of 33 km (21 miles), about 203 km (126 miles)
offshore from the town in the state of Western Australia.

Videos
posted on social media showed cars and buildings shaking and
groceries being knocked from shelves, with some residents reporting
minor damage to businesses.

“We just had an earthquake in Broome,”
one resident of the town said on Twitter. “The whole house was
shaking and it went for ages. Never experienced anything like it
before – quite amazing.”

Such an earthquake was uncommon for the
region, Phil Cummins, a seismologist with Geoscience Australia,
told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

“It’s quite rare …
you might see this event every 20 years,” Cummins said.

Broome is
located in the Kimberley region, a site for mining and petroleum
production in Australia’s northwest.

The earthquake was widely felt
in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, a distance of more than
2,000 km (1,242 miles) away, data from Geoscience Australia showed.
An aftershock of 4.1 was also recorded.

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