Desert shaken: earthquake strikes central Australia

One of the biggest earthquakes recorded in Australia has struck near a remote outback town – but no damage or injuries have been reported.

The 6.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded near Ernabella, in South Australia’s far north, just before 8.30pm local time (9pm AEDT) yesterday.

Ernabella is home to a few hundred indigenous Australians, with more living in the surrounding area.

Advertisement: Story continues below

The area is just south of the border with the Northern Territory, about 317 kilometres south-west of Alice Springs, 230 kilometres south-east of Uluru and 415 kilometres north-west of Coober Pedy.

South Australia Police said no injuries or damage had been reported.

The earthquake was recorded as being 6.1 magnitude at a depth of three kilometres by Geoscience Australia.

The Australian government’s geoscience body said the earthquake could have caused damage up to 40 kilometres away and been felt by people up to 507 kilometres away.

The earthquake was the biggest recorded in Australia since a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of Collier Bay on Western Australia’s north coast in 1997.



No comments yet... Be the first to leave a reply!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: