WA residents shaken by 5.3-magnitude earthquake: 'Biggest I've felt'

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A 5.3-magnitude earthquake has rattled Western Australia's Pilbara region, seismologists say.

Geoscience Australia said the quake struck at 9.05pm WST on Saturday near the town of Marble Bar, almost 1500km northeast of Perth, at a depth of 10km.

It said the tremor had been reported as being felt in Port Hedland and Karratha.

A Geoscience Australia map showing the intensity of the earthquake. Source: Geoscience Australia
A Geoscience Australia map showing the intensity of the earthquake. Source: Geoscience Australia

Several apparent aftershocks, of 2.6, 3.1 and 3.2 magnitudes, were recorded within two hours of the initial earthquake.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre said there was no risk of a tsunami to the Australian mainland or surrounding islands or territories from the earthquake.

West Australians reported feeling the earthquake, with one person saying it lasted for "a full minute".

"Just experienced my first earthquake in Port Hedland. That was a crazy feeling," another person wrote.

"Just had a 5.4 #earthquake in the #Pilbara Western Australia - felt in Port Hedland, Karratha, Newman and Tom Price ….. and every mine site in between," a third person tweeted.

The pub manager of Last Chance Tavern in South Hedland told Perth Now it "was the biggest quake I’ve ever felt".

"All the spirit bottles in the back bar were rocking.

"It was quite large, it went on a while."

with AAP

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