A large swathe of Western Australia has been shaken by the second-largest earthquake to be felt in Australia in the past 20 years.
- The quake is the most powerful since a magnitude-6 tremor in the NT
- Prior to that, the next most powerful earthquake was recorded in WA in 1997
- Seismologists are warning there may well be aftershocks from a quake of that size
Hundreds of people reported their houses rattling and the ground wobbling after the magnitude-5.9 quake struck about 100 kilometres off the coast of Coral Bay, in the state’s north, at 10:26pm.
Tremors were felt from north of Port Hedland to south of Perth, more than 1,000km away.
Closer to the epicentre, Coral Bay residents Joe and Lisa Eveson said they were woken by what sounded like a truck going through their bedroom.
“Everything was shaking and it was a bit surreal really, especially being woken out of a sleep,” Mr Eveson said…