Australia earthquake – 6.6-magnitude quake hits as people flee fearing buildings will collapse

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Western Australia been hit by its strongest earthquake in more than 30 years after a 6.6 magnitude tremor close to a popular beach resort.

It struck west of the popular beach resort of Broome, the United States Geological Survey (USGC) said this morning.

It caused panic as people ran outside fearing that buildings could collapse, with tremors have been reportedly felt as far away as Indonesia.

The quake struck undersea in the Indian Ocean, off Australia’s northwestern coast, between Broome and the city of Port Hedland.

There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.

The quake struck 126 miles offshore, though no tsunami warning has been issued.

Pictures from the area show debris strewn around in the wake of the incident, which occurred shortly before 3.40pm local time.

One local witness reported on EMSC: “Whole house shook and power is out. No major damage or injury as far as I am aware.”

Another wrote: “On Cable Beach. Car rocked and ground shook. Pretty strong.”

People from Port Headland, Karratha, Busselton, and Perth also posted to social media about having felt tremors.

Resident Matt Young wrote on Twitter: “Just witnessed an Earthquake in Broome…whole grandstand was shaking and people darting away and onto the track.”

The last quake of the same magnitude in Australia hit Tennant Creek in 1988, causing $2 million worth of damage, although no one was injured.

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