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Kalgoorlie-Boulder rocked by 3.2 magnitude earthquake

Kalgoorlie-Boulder residents got a shake-up on Tuesday afternoon, as a 3.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the city.

The movement was felt at 3.14pm, leaving some locals wondering if it was a quake or a mine site blast.

Resident Trish Devlin, who was at her home in Piccadilly at the time, said she hadn’t felt a tremor as strong since the town was hit by a 5.2 magnitude earthquake in 2010 — the biggest in the region in the last 100 years.

“It was too strong to be a blast,” she said.

“The whole house was shaking, all the cupboards and plates were shaking. I felt it right under my feet.”

Lasting a few seconds, Geoscience Australia recorded a 5km deep quake north of the city near Kanowna.

Teachers were supervising after school pick up at St Mary’s Primary School in Piccadilly when the quake hit.

“It was very scary, all the kids screamed,” a teacher said.

There were no reports of damage in the initial aftermath of the quake.

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