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Large earthquake rocks Western Australia

Western Australia was rocked by a large earthquake on Sunday.

The 6.5 magnitude earthquake struck 200 kilomotres off the coast of Broome about 3:40pm.

The earthquake was so strong it shook products off supermsrket shelves, rattled cars and left televisions vibrating in living rooms across the state.

Tremors were felt along the WA coast with lights reported swaying in the Perth CBD up to more than 2000 kilometres away.

Dimas Adiputra was working at Matso’s Broome Brewery on Hamersley Street when the quake struck.

Mr Adiputra said he was familiar with earthquakes because he was from Indonesia.

“I was in the office, [after] the first two seconds I knew it was an earthquake,” the duty manager said.

“Matsos is a very old building so [we had] to evacuate everyone.

“Everyone seem[ed] fine.

“Our building [is raised above the] ground, so it was shaken like crazy.”

Port Hedland resident Jack wood said he was left without power after the earthquake rattled his home about 600 kilometres away from Broome.

There have been numerous aftershocks following the major earthquake on Sunday evening.

The latest was located in the same region about 7:20pm, at a measurement of 3.7 on the Richter scale.

The Australian Bureau of Meteorology said there was no tsunami threat.

An earthquake of magnitude 7.2 has struck near Halmahera in Indonesia at 7:10pm, on Sunday.

The Bureau has assured there is no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories.

For further information check the Bureau’s website www.bom.gov.au/tsunami or call 1300 TSUNAMI (1300 878 6264).

Tex Reeks

Freelance video journalist
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