A powerful 5.1-magnitude earthquake has rocked Western Australia’s south-western tip, violently shaking homes across the region. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) recorded the tremors at 5.07am local time 63km south-west of the town of Kojonup 10 kilometers below the surface.
There is no tsunami threat to Australia as a result of the quake, though, according to the Bureau of Meteorology. Geoscience Australia (GA) located the quake on the banks of the Frankland River around 10km west of the Lake Muir Reserve. The quake comes after the same area of the state was rattled by more than 12 earthquakes within 24 hours, ranging from 0.3 to 4.7 in magnitude on October 13.
Those tremors also originated from the Lake Muir region, and according to GA satellite imagery the latest vibrations struck within 5km of those from last month. On September 16, meanwhile, an even stronger 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit near Walpole south of the lake.