Powerful 6.7 magnitude earthquake felt in Darwin

A strong 6.7 magnitude earthquake, which struck near the Banda Sea off the coast of Indonesia, has been felt in Darwin.

Geoscience Australia confirmed the quake struck at a depth of 180km around 11.17am AEDT.

The quake could be felt as far as the Northern Territory, with Darwin residents posting about the encounter on Facebook.


“Omg I felt it. My place was swaying from side to side at first I thought my chair that I was sitting on was unstable lol got up to look at it then felt myself swaying side to side  thought I was losing my mind lol. Its my first experience,” one woman wrote.

“Absolutely crazy! Felt it down in Coomalie Creek, everything was rocking a bit!” commented another.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no tsunami threat to Australia.


PHOTO: Geoscience Australia