An earthquake hit Western Australia on Saturday night, making the ground shake more than 100 kilometres away in Port Hedland.
An earthquake hit Western Australia on Saturday night, making the ground shake more than 100 kilometres away.
According to Geoscience Australia, the earthquake happened at 9.05pm local time. Its epicentre was located in the Pilbara, about 125km southeast of Port Hedland, at a depth of 10km.
Within an hour, the government agency had received more than a thousand reports from people saying they’d felt the seismic event.
It was initially reported as a 5.4-magnitude quake, though that has since been revised down slightly to 5.3.
The Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat.
Residents of the region told Perth Now they felt the ground “rumbling” for a few seconds.
“It was the biggest quake I’ve ever felt, so it was pretty reasonable,” said David Paddington, manager of a pub called Last Chance Tavern in South Hedland.
“All the spirit bottles in the back bar were rocking.
“It was quite large, it went on a while.”
So far no power outages have been reported.