Australia rocked by 5.4 magnitude earthquake – citizens woken by shaking

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck the east Pilbara region of Western Australia on Saturday. The epicentre of the quake centred around 15 miles (24km) from the town of Marble Bar, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Tremors from the quake also reached a depth of six miles (10km).

Several worried residents reported feeling the shakes and filed an incident report on the USGS website.

Others located more than 150 miles away shared their testimonies on the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre.

Some reported power cuts and shaking for around 30 seconds.

One witness from Port Hedland, which is located 96 miles (156km) north west of the epicentre, wrote: “Random. Power went out and dropped a few items.”

Another user living in Wickham, which is 176 miles (284km) away, added: “Went for about 30 seconds.”

A third witness, located 80 miles (128km) away, wrote: “Shook for a while”.

At this stage there are no reports of any injury or damage to properties.

Marble Bar is a remote location in the outback and is recognised for being “Australia hottest town”.

Temperatures regularly soar above 100F and the heat is acknowledged in the Guinness Book of Records.

In 1924, temperatures reached 100F (37.8C) for 100 consecutive days.

Marble Bar is located around 1,000 north of the city of Perth and is home to around 400 people.

This is a developing news story, more to follow.


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