Western Australia has been hit by 6 .6 magnitude earthquake this morning.
It struck west of the beach resort of Broome, Australia, the United States Geological Survey said this morning. The tremors caused panic as people ran outside amid fears of building collapsing, and was felt as far away as Indonesia. There were no immediate reports of damages or casualties in the quake. The undersea quake 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.
Initially it was reported as having a 6 .9 magnitude, which would have made it the strongest quake in recent history in Australia. According to Australian Geographic, the previous worst was in Tennant Creek in January 1988, which was 6.5 on the Richter Scale. No one was injured in the quake 30 years ago, although damage to buildings cost more than $2 million to repair.
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