Strong 6.6 quake hits off northwest Australia

SYDNEY, 14 July । A strong 6.6-magnitude earthquake hit westwest Australia Sunday, shaking buildings over a wide area but no immediate reports of damage or injuries.

The willow quake hit early Thursday afternoon, 10 kilometers from the Indian Ocean 203 km (126 miles) west of the West Australian beach resort of Broome, the US Geological Survey said. No tsunami alert was released.

Sergeant Neil Gordon of the Broome police department said the quake shifted to the city for more than a minute.

“The building here was shaking about a minute and a half … a steady shaking of that period,” he told AFP by telephone. He added that there was no reports of any injuries or any damage throughout the district. , “following the tremor.

The National Broadcaster ABC said there were some reports of minor damage from the quake, and no injuries.

The Australian media said that the tremor was a long stretch of the northwestern coast of Australia, from the West Australian capital of Perth and the mining centers of Karatha and Port Hedland to the south and as far as Darwin to the north.