A very strong earthquake has struck the Tanimbar region in Indonesia with the quake felt across large parts of northern Australia.
No risk of tsunami after Indonesia shaken by magnitude-7.6 Earthquake
Felt as far south as Tennant Creek – nearly 1000km south of Darwin – the tremor rocked the Northern Territory at around 3.20am local time, with terrified residents of high rise buildings in Darwin running onto the streets in fear for their lives.
The 7.5 magnitude earthquake was recorded in 95.2km depth at Kepulauan Tanimbar in Indonesia, less than 600km north of Darwin.
While no injuries or infrastructure damages were reported initially, many Darwinites had smaller items topple off shelves, and locals said they could not only feel but also hear the ground move and buildings grind.
Felt across most parts of the Northern Territory, including Borroloola and Nhulunbuy, in Katherine the quake rattled doors and windows, and residents said floor boards, roof trusses and brick walls groaned, with tremors being felt for more than a minute.