Earthquake, Queensland, Australia

A moderately strong earthquake struck Queensland, Australia this evening.

Saturday 16th April 2011

A magniftude five earthquake struck onshore northern Queensland at 5:31 this evening, New Zealand time.

The U.S. Geological Survey reports the earthquake as magnitude 5.2 at a depth of 10 km, centred 124 km south-east of Townsville, 145 km east of Charters Towers, Queensland.

Geoscience Australia provisionally reports the magnitude between 5.2 and 5.4 at a very shallow depth. The epicentre has been placed due west of Ravenswood, half-way to Bowen on the Queensland coast. It estimates that the quake would have caused damage within 20 km of the epicentre and would have been felt up to 250 km away, which includes Townsville and Ingham to the north and Mackay to the south.

[Compiled from data supplied by the U.S. Geological Survey and Geoscience Australia and their contributing agencies.]

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