Saturday 24 February 2018

Australia earthquake: 6.1-magnitude quake strikes off country's southern coast Newsdesk Newsdesk

A 6.1 magnitude earthquake has struck near Australia, less than three weeks after the state's biggest quake in almost 30 years

According to Geoscience Australia, the quake struck shortly before 9am (GMT) around 1060 miles off the coast of Queenstown, Australia.

It was initially reported that the earthquake was "potentially tsunamigenic" - but this report was later retracted.

Less than three weeks ago, the state's biggest quake (5.5 magnitude) in almost 30 years struck off the southeast of Western Australia.

The US Geological Survey (USGS) has put this morning's quake at a 5.9 magnitude, with a depth of just over 6 miles.

More than 30 earthquakes have been reported near the mining town of Norseman, Western Australia, over the past month.

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