5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Western Australia World 06:06

5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Western Australia World 06:06

5.5 magnitude earthquake strikes Western Australia World 06:06

Oil and gas operations onshore and offshore Western Australia were unaffected by a magnitude 6.6 quake that struck off the northern coast of the state on Sunday, the country's offshore petroleum safety regulator and companies said.

The shallow natural disaster at struck at 1.39 p.m. with a depth of 10.0 km, was centred 202 km west of Broome, a city on the coast of Western Australia, Xinhua news agency quoted the USGS as saying.

The natural disaster struck 462 km off Australia's northwest coast in the Indian Ocean at 1:39 p.m. local time (0539 GMT), however, the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of a tsunami.

There are no reports of major damage and the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of a tsunami.

An ancient fault line under the great sandy desert called the Canning Basin, up to 500 million years old, bore the brunt of the 6.6 magnitude quake. It was a bit scary.

It is likely aftershocks will decrease in size and happen further apart as time passes, Phil Cummins, a geologist at Government's GeoScience Australia, said.

He added that there had been "no reports of any injuries or any damage throughout the district", following the tremor.

"It just went for a few seconds".

Panels on the roof in Target dislodge as the natural disaster hit Broome.

Gary, who works at the Mercure Hotel in Broome, said it started as a little shake before the doors and walls rattled and it "developed into quite a shake".

"It started off with a shake, it was not too insane and then it developed into quite a shake", he told AAP, after experiencing his first quake. We made our way outside.

Strong shaking was also felt in Port Hedland, a town about 290 kilometers (180 miles) southwest of the epicenter.

Deb Hannagan, from Broome, tweeted: "We just had an natural disaster in Broome!"

There have been no reported injuries from the quake, a St John Ambulance spokeswoman said.

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