Natural disaster in Indian Ocean felt from Broome to Perth

14 July, 2019, 17:30 | Author: Wade Massey
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The undersea natural disaster occurred at 3.39pm on Sunday off the coast of Broome in the Indian Ocean, GeoScience Australia reported.

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.

The shakes were felt by residents across the entire coast, from the Kimberley region through to Pilbara.

"It's always hard to say whether it could be a preview to something bigger".

Items flew off the shelf in a store in Broome Boulevard Shopping Centre on Sunday.

Shoppers said the complex was closed over concerns about the underground auto park until it was assessed to still be safe.

Dimas Adipoutra, Duty Manager at Matso's Broome Brewery spoke to us saying they had to evacuate the building.

Races were also halted at the Broome Turf Club as panicked punters rushed from the shaking grandstands. "[The] whole house shook and power is out".

'I thought the whole thing was going to come down but luckily [the earthquake] stopped'.

'Wall hangings fell and everything was moving.

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Micheal Karoussis said it is unusual to experience an quake in Broome and he was "happy to be by the pool when it went off".

'Crazy feeling, still hearing aftershocks'.

"An quake of this size. the enormous size, it was felt up to Darwin and down to Perth".

Shire of Broome chief executive Sam Mastrolembo said the council had been requested by DFES to close tourist hot spot Cable Beach and surrounding swimming areas as a precautionary measure against potential storm surge.

Others on social media described the quake as "scary".

"Just had my first quake on Karratha.We felt it in Karratha".

"We were sitting outside and our chairs were rocking", she told AAP.

Derby resident Cindy said: "I was outside and I just saw the cars moving".

'We were thinking, "Is this real or not real?"

"I just told him I think this is an quake and we were both quite shocked", Mr Wepener said.

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