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5.8-magnitude quake rattles Australia

Tremor posed no tsunami threat, but a large part of the Queensland coast felt the tremors

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Publish Date: Aug 18 2016 4:18PM | Updated Date: Aug 18 2016 4:18PM

5.8-magnitude quake rattles Australia

 A 5.8 magnitude earthquake rattled Australia's central and north Queensland on Thursday, officials said in Canberra.

 
Geoscience Australia said quake struck off the coast of Bowen about 2.30 p.m.(local time), ABC Australia news reported.
 
Tremor posed no tsunami threat, but a large part of the Queensland coast felt the tremors, Senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said.
 
"We know it's been felt all the way from the Sunshine Coast up to north of Townsville," Bathgate added.
 
"At this stage we have had almost 1,000 reports come in to our earthquake alert centre here in Canberra of people having felt the earthquake," he said further.