Large Earthquake rattles Darwin Australia

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Pastor Dale Morgan

Feb 17, 2010, 2:59:57 AM2/17/10
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Large Earthquake rattles Darwin Australia

February 16, 2010


An earthquake far off the northwest Australian coast rattled walls, windows and crockery in Darwin on Tuesday morning but caused no damage.

The earthquake, of magnitude 6.1, occurred in the Banda Sea at a distance which would normally make it pass unnoticed on the Australian mainland.

Geoscience Australia spokesman Chris Thompson said the tremor was felt in northern Australia because of the unusual undersea geology of the region.

Scientists believe the orientation of the fault-lines under the Banda Sea allows seismic waves to travel very efficiently towards Australia.

Other earthquakes in this region have made themselves felt in Darwin. In 2005 Darwin residents felt the effects of a 7.1 magnitude quake some 660 kilometres away.

Mr Thompson said the earthquake occurred at 8.51am (AEDT).

"We got some 20-odd reports from this morning. It was pretty widely felt," he said.

There were no reports of damage.

"We wouldn't expect any either from this sort of event. It is just not large enough to cause that strong a shaking."

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