Rare earthquake in Western Australia: A magnitude 6.6 earthquake rocked western Australia on Sunday, and the United States Geological Survey (USGS) reported a rare phenomenon in the region. No damage has been published yet.
According to residents of Broome, several buildings in the seaside resort of northwestern Australia trembled during the quake that reached Perth, the capital of Western Australia, over 2,000 km further south.
The epicenter of the earthquake was located 33 km deep about 200 km off the coast.
Although it is close to Indonesia, where there is an intense seismic activity, northwestern Australia is rarely affected by earthquakes.
Geoscience Australia seismologist Phil Cummins told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation that such a phenomenon only occurred every 20 years or so.
Broome is located in the Kimberley area, a major mining and oil exploration center.