6.5-magnitude earthquake rattles northern Australia

Australia, December 21
A strong 6.5-magnitude earthquake rattled northern Australia and parts of Indonesia Wednesday with residents in Darwin reporting widespread shaking, but there were no immediate reports of damage.The tremor struck off the coast of eastern Indonesia, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued.
“TV nearly rattled off the cabinet, two storey house was swaying around,” said Rosie McCurrach on broadcaster ABC`s Darwin Facebook page. Another poster said: “Mitchell Centre felt like it was going to tumble over,” while Gaylene Whenmouth noted: “On 7th floor in the city. Rocking and rolling!” The undersea quake hit about 278 kilometres (172 miles) east-northeast of Dili in East Timor at a depth of 158 kilometres, the US Geological Survey said.

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