Australia earthquake: Beach resort hit by 6.6 magnitude tremor
Western Australia has rocked 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 Broome, the United States Geological Survey said this morning.
The quake caused panic as people ran outside amid fears of building collapsing, and tremors were reportedly felt as far away as Indonesia.
There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties.
The undersea earthquake struck between Port Headland and Broome, in the Indian Ocean.
The USGC said it hit at a depth of 21 miles, about 126 miles offshore from the town in the state of Western Australia.
Pictures show debris strewn around in the aftermath of the quake, which happened shortly before 3.40pm local time.
No tsumani warning has been issued.
Posting on EMSC, one witness wrote: “Freaked out. In a caravan Park and everyone ran outside. Hope there’s no tsnami.”
Initially it was reported as having a 6.9 magnitude, which would have made it the strongest quake in recent history in Austrlia.