Magnitude 6.1 earthquake hits central Australia

Strong tremor hits Northern Territory near Kaltukatjara

A magnitude 6.1 earthquake has hit Australia some 460 kilometers southwest of the town of Alice Springs in the country’s Northern Territory, Geoscience Australia Earthquake has reported.

The earthquake epicenter was located at precisely Northern Territory, Australia, centered near Kaltukatjara and Uluru, at a depth of approximately 9 km.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said the quake was reported as being felt near Fregon in South Australia and Ulara in the Northern Territory.

No tsunami alert have been issued following this earthquake. Other details about the earthquake were not immediately available, and there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. We will update this report as soon as we have more information.

The earthquake may have been felt as far as 507 kilometers from its epicenter, although any damage would be limited to a 40-kilometer radius, according to Geoscience Australia estimations.

The current quake is one of the strongest to hit mainland Australia since August 1997, when a 6.3-magnitude earthquake was recorded off Collier Bay on the far north coast of West Australia.

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