Wednesday 18 September 2019

Oz quake 'like a train going by at 100mph'

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck west of Australia's beach resort of Broome
Photo: Geoscience Australia
An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 struck west of Australia's beach resort of Broome Photo: Geoscience Australia

Evie Kearney

Irish people living in Western Australia have described being caught up in the area's largest ever earthquake saying "it felt like a massive train going by at 100mph".

The 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck off the north coast of Western Australia yesterday.

Shane Burke, from Castlemaine in Co Kerry, said he was in his kitchen when he felt the ground begin to "wobble".

"I walked out with my four-year-old and saw both cars in the carport swaying from side to side like a tennis ball on the top of a wave," he said.

"It honestly felt like a massive train going by at 100mph."

Co Meath woman Niamh Herd, who lives in Karratha, was sitting on the couch with her eight-week-old son when they "felt a big tremble" in the house.

"Our living room windows were shaking and the fly screen door," she said.

Meanwhile Wexford native Mickey Kelly, who lives near Cable Beach, said he rushed out to the street when the quake started.

"There were children crying and people panicking," he said.

Irish Independent

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