Earthquake off Kimberley coast rattles Broome buildings, felt as far as Darwin

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An earthquake struck off the coast of Broome today.
Camera IconAn earthquake struck off the coast of Broome today. Credit: Stephen Scourfield/The West Australian

An earthquake which struck off the Kimberley coast this afternoon has been felt as far as Karratha and Darwin.

The 5.1 magnitude earthquake was recorded 200km west of Cable Beach just before 3pm Thursday.

Its impact was clearly felt in Broome with numerous reports of shaking buildings, however no damage has been recorded.

By 4pm 61 felt reports had been filed in Broome, four in Karratha, eight in Port Hedland and 17 in Darwin.

Geoscience Australia data shows most who felt the quake described it as a weak to light shaking

The quake struck at the same location as a 3.1m event in the afternoon of June 20.

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