A MAGNITUDE 4.4 earthquake has struck near Onslow, off the coast of Western Australia’s cyclone-affected Pilbara region.
The quake hit just before 8.30pm local time on Monday and about 40 residents reported feeling or hearing the effects.
“Those reports ranged from people talking about how they heard a rattling or they heard a bang, and some people thought there was a very weak motion,” a Geoscience Australia spokesman said.
“We don’t have any reports of damage.”
The earthquake comes just days after ex-tropical cyclone Damien hit the Pilbara region, causing widespread damage.
Check out our first Shakemap, and interactive ‘Did You Feel It?’ (#DYFI) grid displaying averaged felt reports for the M4.4 earthquake offshore Onslow (https://t.co/acNd5IzQqa). View these features and download Shakemap from our website. Did You Feel It? Submit a felt report! pic.twitter.com/Hj8xhUpnys
— EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) February 11, 2020
Damien reached the coast near Dampier on Saturday afternoon, bringing heavy rain and destructive winds in excess of 200km/h before weakening on Sunday.
Karratha Airport was briefly closed following water damage and a power outage but has since reopened, as have the major ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Ashburton.
Footage of the cyclone posted by Karratha residents on social media showed a fridge sliding down a street and fences collapsing under the weight of fallen trees.
The Bureau of Meteorology has forecast potential flash flooding in inland parts of the state but there have been no reports of major damage.
The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre (JATWC) has detected a magnitude 4.4 earthquake that has been reported as being felt near Onslow in the State's northwest. There is NO TSUNAMI threat to the Australian mainland, Islands or Territories. pic.twitter.com/WBzemQnQHL
— Bureau of Meteorology, Western Australia (@BOM_WA) February 10, 2020