Earthquake rattles Western Australia

epa07715794 A handout screengrab made available 14 July 2019 by GeoScience Australia website shows a map with a red dot denoting an earthquake off the West Australian coast. An earthquake of a magnitude of 6.5 has hit off the West Australian coast at 3.39pm AEST on Sunday off the shore between Port Hedland and Broome, in the Indian Ocean, GeoScience Australia reported. EPA-EFE/GeoScience Australia HANDOUT MANDATORY CREDIT NO ARCHIVING, EDITORIAL USE ONLY AUSTRALIA AND NEW ZEALAND OUT HANDOUT EDITORIAL USE ONLY/NO SALES

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A magnitude-6.5 earthquake in the Indian Ocean has been felt across large parts of Western Australia.

The quake struck between Broome and Port Hedland at 1:39pm on Sunday.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre website stated there was no risk of a tsunami.

Senior seismologist at the Government’s GeoScience Australia, Phil Cummins, said that aftershocks are to be expected.

He said it was difficult to tell when or how many might occur but said they would decrease in size and likely happen further apart.

Residents have reported feeling the quake across the Kimberley and down the coast as far as Perth.According to Geoscience Australia the quake was felt as far south as Esperance and as far north as Darwin.

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There have been reports of minor damage to buildings around Broome, but no reports of major damage.

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