5.4 magnitude earthquake hits central Australia

Residents in the Northern Territory have literally been left shaking after an earthquake struck the region.

The 5.4 magnitude quake hit the Tanami Desert about 1100km south of Darwin on Thursday at 11.56am, according to Geoscience Australia.

Pictured is Northern Territory's Tanami Desert after rainfall. An earthquake of 5.4 magnitude hit the desert on Thursday.
The Tanami Desert where a 5.4 magnitude earthquake hit on Thursday just before midday. Source: Getty Images (file pic)

Tashiana Williams, a resident of Willowra about 100km east of where the quake occurred, told the NT News the quake last for about a minute.

“I had no idea what was going on and I was scared ‘cause I’ve never felt an earthquake before,” she told the paper.

A number of other residents also reported feeling the quake on Volcano Discovery.com.

A worker at the Granites gold mine in Tanami said their computer, desk and chair shook for about four to five minutes.

An Alice Springs resident claims their office on the first floor of a building shook three times and described a “rumbling noise like a large truck going by”.

Another described the shaking as like “a room full of people were doing star jumps” in the offices on both sides of them.

More to come.

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