Huge Indonesian earthquake rocks Darwin: 'Really strong'

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Northern Territory residents were woken early on Thursday morning as an earthquake struck off the coast of Indonesia.

The 7.3 magnitude earthquake was recorded off Timor Leste at a depth of 169km at 5.25am (AEDT), Geoscience Australia reports.

The epicentre was about 250km northeast of Dili and 50km east of Indonesia's Maluku islands in the Banda Sea.

A map showing where the earthquake struck near Timor Leste and its proximity to Australia.
More than 2,000 people in the Northern Territory reported feeling the earthquake. Source: Geoscience Australia

No tsunami threat from Banda Sea earthquake

There is no tsunami threat to Australia or the surrounding islands.

More than 2,000 Northern Territorians have reported feeling the earthquake, with some saying it was “really strong”.

Tremors were felt in Darwin for several minutes with many locals shaken awake.

"Earthquake just rocked Darwin but all appears okay and no damage," one man wrote on Facebook.

"Our building really moved. That was one hell of a way to wake up".

“Dogs barking and you could hear the rumbling,” a woman Tweeted.

Biggest earthquake some have felt in Darwin

“Up in Darwin visiting family and my god! She was a shaky girl…biggest earthquake I’ve ever felt!” another man posted online.

A dad told ABC the quake was “really strong” and he grabbed his son in fear of their safety.

“If I’m not wrong it was sort of four or five seconds. I grabbed my son and we ran away,” he said.

"Darwin Earthquake! Holy Moly, that was a strong one!" Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris said on social media.

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