June 24, 2019 13:50:24

Parts of Darwin’s central business district have been evacuated after a magnitude-7.2 earthquake in the Banda Sea.

Key points:

  • Tremors from an earthquake were felt in Darwin around lunchtime today
  • The earthquake sparked evacuations across the city’s CBD
  • The Bureau of Meteorology says there is no tsunami threat

Territorians reported feeling tremors as far south as Maningrida and Katherine, more than 300 kilometres away.

Geoscience Australia said the earthquake struck at a depth of about 207 kilometres.

The Bureau of Meteorology issued a statement saying there was no current tsunami threat to Australia.

St John’s Ambulance said there were no reports of injuries.

Domenic Fracaro was one of the hundreds of residents and office workers who evacuated during the earthquake.

He said he was preparing lunch at a kitchen bench “when I heard this roar”.

“I thought it was a jet aircraft down very low, and my wife started running for the front door,” Mr Fracaro said.

“All the drawers started opening in the kitchen, and I said to her, ‘what’s going on?’.

“And she said, ‘it’s an earthquake, come on, let’s get out of here’.”

More to come.






First posted

June 24, 2019 13:21:01