West Australian Coast Hit By Earthquake


THOUSANDS of West Australians woke to an earthquake early this morning, with tremors being felt across the state’s southwest. The 5.4-magnitude quake struck in Kojonup with residents between Perth and Albany waking up to their homes shaking just after 5am WA time.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre detected the earthquake and confirmed there was no tsunami threat to the Australian mainland, islands or territories. Earlier this week, new research from Geo science Australia showed the threat of tsunamis is one Australia should be taking very seriously.

Its Probabilistic Tsunami Hazard Assessment (PTHA) released this week shows which parts of the country are most likely to be hit and includes data for more than 500,000 possible earthquake and tsunami scenarios in Australia. The northwest coast of Western Australia is particularly at risk, according to the research, because of proximity to Indonesia’s active and turbulent earthquake zone  making it far more likely to be struck than the rest of the country.