Massive magnitude 7.2 earthquake strikes off Australia’s north coast – sparking evacuations in Darwin.
- An earthquake off Australia’s north coast has been felt in Darwin on Monday
- Buildings around the city were evacuated as a precaution after the shake
- According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is no tsunami threat
A massive earthquake has struck near Australia’s north coast – sparking an evacuation across Darwin.
The 7.2 magnitude earthquake happened in a remote area of Indonesia in the Banda Sea on Monday.
Residents in Darwin who felt the shake reported it went for more than two minutes.
‘My house is still shaking in Palmerston. And the back wall is slightly cracked,’ one person posted.
‘I literally just ran out of the house, it was shaking so much,’ another person wrote on Twitter.
Some buildings and schools have been evacuated as a precaution.
There have been no injuries reported as a result of the quake.
According to the Bureau of Meteorology, there is no tsunami threat.
The quake was also felt on Indonesia’s holiday island of Bali and the East Timor capital of Dili.
The quake initially recorded at a magnitude of 7.2, hit out at sea at a depth of 220km.
There was no tsunami warning due to the quake’s depth, the Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Center said.