THE DEVASTATING EARTHQUAKE IN DARWIN
An earthquake has rattled buildings across Darwin. Mother earth is taking revenge on all the destruction that we have done. Another devastation in the list.
Buildings were evacuated after the magnitude 7.2 quake, which erupted in the Banda Sea of the Indonesian coast after 12 pm. One office worker, Robyn, said no alarm had gone off but workers had decided to get out of the building anyway. She said it was the strongest she had ever felt in Darwin.
The epicenter of the earthquake was in the Banda Sea, north of Timor-Leste, on Monday and prompted reports of large tremors in the Top End city.
The Bureau of Meteorology issued an alert just after 1 pm saying there was no tsunami threat to Australia following the earthquake.
Residents in Darwin reported large tremors and feeling tables shake, but there were no immediate reports of major damage or injury.
Geoscience Australia said the earthquake struck at a depth of about 220km and had also been felt as far afield as Western Australia’s Kimberley region.
Palmerston resident Kavinda Weerachandra said some small cracks had appeared on his wall after the quake. He was at home working when “all of a sudden everything started shaking”.
“I didn’t think much of it first but as time goes [on] it got stronger,” he said.
“I can hear my house creaking and rattling. And things on my desk started to fall. And I was genuinely worried about my life for a second there.”
Parts of the city’s central business district were evacuated following the tremor.
Bathgate said earthquakes of that magnitude were not uncommon in the Banda Sea.
“We get magnitude sevens not often but on a regular sort of basis,” he said.
“The last magnitude seven in this area was in 2012 at 7.1, and prior to that, there was a 7.1 in 2005. They happen sort of once every 10 years or even more frequently than that.”
The Hawaii-based Pacific Tsunami Warning Centre and Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued statements saying there was no current tsunami threat to Australia.
St John’s Ambulance said there were no reports of injuries.