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‘Unusually powerful’: Australia’s east coast rocked by earthquakes


A 4.3 magnitude earthquake has struck off the coast of Cairns.

The quake hit about 10pm Wednesday, according to the Australian Government Geoscience Australia.

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It struck around 130km off the coast of Cairns.

The earthquake was described as “unusually powerful” by Earthquake List Australia.

The two quakes have rocked Australia’s east coast overnight. Credit: Geoscience Australia

“The centre of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km,” it said.

“Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.”

Meanwhile, a 3.1 magnitude tremor hit Grafton in northern NSW about 2pm on Thursday morning.

No damage or injuries have been reported at this stage.

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Source: 7News