Central Australia has been rocked by a 5.4 magnitude earthquake that could be felt from 350 kilometers away with the initial earthquake lasting for over a minute.
And then a 4.3 magnitude aftershock struck just five hours later in the Northern Territory’s Tanami Desert. Willowra, a remote town, was the closest settlement to the earthquake – 100 kilometers away.
Resident Tashiana Williams was relaxing at home when the earthquake struck. She said “It was rough and lasted about a minute but the force knocked my fan over”.
Then she added “I had no idea what was going on and I was scared because I’ve never felt an earthquake before.”
Cattle-woman Anita McCarthy and her family felt the earthquake in Stirling Station, 150 kilometers east of Willowra.
She said, “It was bizarre. I left the house to walk to the store and all of a sudden I heard this loud bang. I thought it was a gas explosion or something. My husband and son ran out of the house and said it was shaking.”
Geoscience Australia Senior Seismologist Hugh Granville said the earthquake “could have done some damage if it was in a more populated area.”
He added that “It was comparable to the Newcastle earthquake, which was 5.6.” The 1989 Newcastle Earthquake killed 13 people and injured 160 more.
The Biblical prophecies (Matthew 24, Luke 21) foretell that earthquakes will be a sign of the Last Days indicating the coming end of the age and the nearing appearance of Jesus Christ.
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