A magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck Tanimbar region in Indonesia on Tuesday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.
The quake was at a depth of 97 kilometers (60.27 miles) below the earth’s surface, EMSC said.
Alert summary: An earthquake has occurred with magnitude: 7.7 SR, 134 km North West MALUKUTENGGARABRT, at: 09-Jan-23 17:47:34 UTC, TSUNAMI threat (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
“Everything was banging and shaking, the doors were shaking, I thought the house was going to fall apart,” she said.
“It was literally the strongest [earthquake] I’ve ever felt. Dogs up the street were barking and it went on for about two and a half minutes.”
Amy Hetherington moved to Darwin 10 years ago and said this was the biggest earthquake she’d felt there.
“We’re in a two-storey troppo house so you could feel the place swaying,” she said. “Hubby and I got up and watched the things on the shelves and pictures, worried they might fall down. But really so lucky.”
The Olympian and former senator Nova Peris described the experience as “freaky”. “The entire house just shook like crazy and pictures fell off the walls!” she posted to Twitter.
— Nova Peris OAM OLY (@NovaPeris) January 9, 2023