Hills residents report windows rattling after Bakers Hill earthquake 72km east of Perth

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RESIDENTS east of Perth have reported feeling the earth move after an earthquake was recorded in Bakers Hill, 72km east of Perth, at 8.21pm this evening.

According to Geoscience Australia the epicentre of the 2.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded in Bakers Hill at a depth of 11km.

Residents from Bakers Hill to Glen Forrest took to Facebook saying they heard a rumble which they thought was from a storm rolling in.

One Stoneville resident said it was enough to shake her windows.

“We thought it was thunder but checked the Bureau of Meteorology radar and there was nothing,” she said.

“We assumed it was a really low plane, not an earthquake.”

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The most destructive earthquake to date in Western Australia was on October 14, 1968 when an earthquake registering 6.9 on the Richter scale occurred 100km east of Perth in Meckering. The earthquake injured 20 people, causing more than $2 million in damage and was felt in towns 650km away.

Geoscience Australia has been contacted for comment.