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Earthquake rocks Aussie town

The earthquake struck Jamestown, north of Adelaide. Photo: Geoscience Australia
The earthquake struck Jamestown, north of Adelaide. Photo: Geoscience Australia

A magnitude 3.5 earthquake has shaken residents awake in a town in central South Australia.

Geoscience Australia recorded the quake near Jamestown, around 200km north of Adelaide, at about 10:30pm on Monday.

The earthquake struck the town of 1500 people at a depth of 10km.

The earthquake struck Jamestown, north of Adelaide. Photo: Geoscience Australia
The earthquake struck Jamestown, north of Adelaide. Photo: Geoscience Australia

Around 129 people reported having felt the earthquake, some as far south as Adelaide.

It was not surprising the quake was felt so far away according to Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Phil Cummins.

“We’ve got [129] felt reports,” Mr Cummins told ABC.

“This one’s quite shallow. Earthquakes in that area tend to be deeper than that and so that might be why there is so many felt reports, particularly in the epicentre area.

“The unusual thing is that they tend to be unusually deep for Australia. Australian earthquakes tend to occur at relatively shallow depth.

“That area around the Flinders Ranges tends to get deeper earthquakes.”

An aftershock occurred about half an hour later just a few kilometres away.

The smaller shake was only 1.8 magnitude and occurred at a depth of 5km.