Sunday, September 16, 2018

Magnitude 5.6 earthquake hits Walpole, in WA’s Great Southern

A MAGNITUDE 5.6 earthquake has been recorded in Walpole, in WA’s Great Southern.
Tremors were felt as far north as Perth.
Residents in Walpole felt their buildings rumble but authorities are saying no damage has been reported yet.
Geoscience Australia said the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 and struck at an extremely shallow depth, just below the surface. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) puts the magnitude slightly lower, at 5.3.
Shaking was felt across the region, including in places such as Albany, Denmark, Bunbury, Mandurah, Russelton, Rockingham, and Perth. There were no immediate reports of serious damage.
“I ran outside. Definitely unsettling with the shaking and everything rattling,” one person in Albany told EMSC. A resident in Bunbury described the feeling as “pulsing,” rather than swaying.
There is no threat of a tsunami, according to the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre.
Sunday’s earthquake was one of the strongest to hit mainland Australia in recent years. Australia was rattled by several earthquakes in 2016, including a 6.0 that struck the central region but caused no serious damage.

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