Strong 6.6 quake hits off northwest Australia: US Geological Survey

The earthquake hit off the coast of Western Australia between Broome and Port Hedland. Source EMSC

The earthquake hit off the coast of Western Australia between Broome and Port Hedland. Source EMSCMore

The 6.6 magnitude undersea quake struck at 3.39pm AEST (7.39pm NZT) on Sunday between Port Hedland and Broome, GeoScience Australia reported.

An natural disaster of magnitude 6.9 struck west of the beach resort of Broome, Australia, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). No tsunami warning has been issued.

Ms Gaunt, 53, said the quake was the talk of the neighbourhood and it was reported that items had been shaken off the shelves at the local Woolworths.

There have been reports of minor damage to buildings around Broome, but no reports of major damage.

As of 2pm as many of 800 people had logged having felt the quake with the Government website with more than 500 being registered on the north west coast. According to reports, the tremors felt from Broome all the way down to Perth.

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The natural disaster is believed to be the biggest to ever hit the state of Western Australia, eclipsing a 6.5-magnitude quake in 1968 which damaged parts of state capital Perth.

Derby resident Cindy said: "I was outside and I just saw the cars moving".

'It just went for a few seconds'.

"It started off with a shake, it was not too insane and then it developed into quite a shake", he told AAP, after experiencing his first natural disaster.

A woman wrote on the Broome Noticeboard Facebook page "everything was shaking for at least a minute". We made our way outside.

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The Roey Hotel employee Cindy said she saw cars moving in the natural disaster.

One Broome resident tweeted: "We just had an natural disaster in Broome!" Never experienced anything like it before - quite amazing!'

It is the largest Earthquake ever felt in WA with the Meckering Earthquake of 1968 measuring a magnitude of 6.5.

Geoscience Australia has updated the quake after earlier reporting it as a magnitude 6.5.

This comes a day after a 5.5 magnitude quake hit off the coast of Surigao del Sur province in southern Philippines.

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