Published: Sun, July 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Magnitude quake jolts Australia

Magnitude quake jolts Australia

The natural disaster 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.

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

Despite the natural disaster happening near the coast, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of a tsunami.

No tsunami warning was issued following Sunday's natural disaster and there have been no immediate reports of serious injury or damages.

The shallow natural disaster, with a depth of 10.0 km, was centered 202 km west of Broome, a city on the coast of Western Australia, according to the USGS.

There were more than 200 reports from Broome and another 251 in Port Hedland.

"As it stands for as long as today, it is the biggest-equal natural disaster in Australia ever recorded", GeoScience Australia duty seismologist Dan Connolly told The Guardian. Reports of tremors being felt in Perth. It equalled the magnitude of a 1988 quake recorded in Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.

"Just had my first natural disaster on Karratha.We felt it in Karratha".

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

"Our living room windows were shaking and the fly screen door", she said.

An natural disaster has hit WA with tremors felt from Broome all the way down to Perth.

Ms Gaunt, 53, said the quake was the talk of the neighbourhood and it was reported that stock had been shaken off the shelves at the local Woolworths.

The Roey Hotel employee Cindy said she saw cars moving in the quake. It reported the magnitude at 6.9.

She said: "I was outside and I just saw the cars moving. A few things fell off the walls onto the floors", she said.

'It was quite nerve-racking.

Deb Hannagan, from Broome, tweeted: "We just had an quake in Broome!"

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