Australia’s most northern city was jolted following a strong earthquake in the Indonesian Banda Sea, about 435 miles away. On Monday, Darwin’s central business buildings had to be evacuated after the magnitude 7.2 quake.
Hundreds of residents and office workers were forced to flee from their buildings throughout central Darwin after an earthquake shook the city for about five minutes.
Local residents reported feeling the strong tremors. Hotels and several buildings were evacuated as a precaution.
Residents talked about their experiences.
One of the office workers, Karen (no surname given) said the building “just stated shaking slightly and then it got worse, and then the doors started rattling and the glass was all rattling and then we just got asked to leave.”
Resident Trevor Russell was shopping when the tremors started. “Everything was just shaking and everyone was freaking out a little,” said Russell, who was in a shop. “The shop started shaking and all the clothes and jewelry started shaking in the shop. So it was a bit weird,” described Russell.
Another local resident Con (no surname given) described the same sensation. “The entire building, everything you’re standing on is just trembling along with yourself,” said Con. He expressed surprise at “what Mother Nature can do” and “how insignificant it makes you feel.”
The quake was felt about 12:30 pm local time when people were having lunch. One office worker said that they decided to get out of the building when the tremors worsened. “I’ve lived here just about all my life. I’ve never felt anything like that. It’s the most intense one I can remember,” said the unidentified Australian.
The Bureau of Meteorology and Geoscience Australia said there is no tsunami threat because the epicenter of the quake is 129 miles below the surface of the earth.
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There were no reports of damage or injuries. But Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate says more tremors are possible, according to an ABC Australia report.