Residents feel ground move as earthquake hits off Qld coast

AN earthquake has been recorded in the Coral Sea, just off the coast of Queensland.

The magnitude 4.4 quake struck about 90 kilometres northeast of Bundaberg around 1.30am on Sunday.

Dozens of people between Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast reported feeling a “slight tremor” to Geoscience Australia.


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Fortunately, the quake was not strong enough to cause any damage or generate a tsunami.

Location of Sunday's magnitude 4.4 quake PHOTO: Geoscience Australia

Location of Sunday’s magnitude 4.4 quake PHOTO: Geoscience Australia

Location of Sunday's magnitude 4.4 quake PHOTO: Geoscience Australia

Location of Sunday’s magnitude 4.4 quake PHOTO: Geoscience Australia

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no threat to the Australian mainland or islands.

Residents have been warned there could be more to come, with aftershocks or more earthquakes likely to follow.

Sunday’s quake comes after a powerful magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck off the coast of New Caledonia in the South Pacific on Saturday.