Western Australia: Western Australia rocked by magnitude 5.6 earthquake

Western Australia: Western Australia rocked by magnitude 5.6 earthquake

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ABOUT: A5.6magnitude earthquake has been felt in Western Australia’s southwest region.The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre detected the earthquake, reported being centred near Walpole, just before 1pm local time on Sunday.Perth residents, roughly 410 kilometres north of the earthquake origin in Walpole, reported feeling the earthquake.’My chair moved and heard a rumble,’ one Canning Vale woman told 7 News.’My windows started rattling as they always do when construction work is going on up the road.It must have been the earthquake,’ added another man.A third woman from Harrisdale told the publication her¬†‘bed was shaking and the ceiling light was moving from side to side’.The Bureau of Meteorology’s Western Australian office tweeted: ‘Our local forecasters in our local forecasting office building swayed here in West Perth for a few minutes – quite disconcerting.’ People said they felt it in places in south Western Australia such as Albany, as well as Perth suburbs Embleton and Victoria Park.Phil Cummins,¬†Senior Geoscience Australia seismologist, told the ABC that the earthquake was strong enough to cause damage but because of the remote nature of where it happened it was unlikely.He said: ‘You would expect to get a 5.6(magnitude) maybe once every couple of years throughout Australia said it was the second earthquake to hit the region in a week.’ The earthquake is the second to hit the region this week after a 3.4-magnitude earthquake hit Walpole on Thursday.A 3.5-magnitude earthquake stuck off the coast of Albany on Wednesday.There is no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, island or territories, the centre said.

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