A small earthquake struck near Bathurst in NSW on Wednesday, rattling residents of the regional city.
NSW Police confirmed the 2.6-magnitude quake hit about 5.39pm, shaking buildings and generating loud noises.
Police were forced to issue a statement confirming the earthquake after a number of concerned residents phoned police after noticing the unusual movement and sounds in the area.
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“Officers from Chifley Police District commenced investigations into the incident and were subsequently able to determine that a small earthquake had occurred just out of Bathurst,” the statement read.
“Police have conducted extensive patrols of property and infrastructure around Bathurst and have not been able to locate any damage, or received any reports of injury at this time.”
Several residents of Glanmire, Brewongle, O’Connell, Yetholme and Napoleon Reef all reported hearing noises similar to explosions, and that their residences were shaking.
Police urged members of the public to “remain calm” and to “contact police if they have serious concerns.”