There is no major damage, but Broome has spent the day nervously cleaning up during dozens of aftershocks, triggered by yesterday’s 6.6 magnitude quake.
As homes and businesses shook, and people panicked, a baby was born during the equal largest earthquake to ever hit Australia.
The impact was minimal, as the quake hit more than two hundred kilometres off the Kimberley coast, but it was still the largest ever felt in WA.
An ancient fault line under the great sandy desert called the Canning Basin, up to 500 million years old, bore the brunt of the 6.6 magnitude quake.
Curtin University professor Chris Elders gave an insight into how it all happened.
“Those old fault lines will be lines of weakness, and when the stress is big enough, and eventually they fail and move and slide, it’s that sliding and release of energy that causes the earthquake.”
In WA the tremors spread like a ripple, with aftershocks felt from Darwin down to Esperance, Sydney was even reportedly wobbled by it.
Senior Seismologist at Geoscience Australia Tanja Pejic said WA was lucky the impact didn’t hit the mainland.
“We are actually pretty lucky that this earthquake was offshore, and not under a largely populated area, as it would have been a lot more devastating.”
As the Earth shook around them, Karratha couple Stephen and Alesha were welcoming their baby girl Ayla Rose into the world.
“I’m sure she’s going to continue to rock our world from now on,” the new parents said.
As the town counts it’s lucky stars that it somehow came away without any scars, it is still reeling from more than a dozen aftershocks in the region following the 6.6 magnitude quake.
Experts indicate the aftershocks will begin to ease.