Region rattled by 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Arthur River

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The quake measured 4.2 on the Richter scale.
Camera IconThe quake measured 4.2 on the Richter scale. Credit: Quake Hunters Australia

The southern Wheatbelt was rattled by a 4.0 magnitude earthquake near Arthur River last week.

Geoscience Australia recorded the main earthquake at a depth of 7km below ground, east of the Arthur River townsite at 7.37pm on Wednesday.

It came after a 3.0 magnitude earthquake recorded south of the townsite four minutes earlier, which triggered at least a dozen aftershocks.

People from as far north as Perth and as far south as Kendenup reported feeling the earth move.

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There were a combined 75 public “felt” reports submitted to Geoscience Australia in relation to the main earthquake on Wednesday.

Residents across the region were quick to jump on social media.

“Anyone else in WA felt an earthquake? Shook (the) house a fair bit,” Arthur River farmer Brad Wooldridge said.

Fellow Arthur River farmer Neil Manuel said he felt at least eight aftershocks at his property.

Wagin’s Fiona Dawson said her children “came running out of the house” after the earthquake.

A 2.4 magnitude tremor was recorded in the Arthur River area at 11.30pm on Sunday.

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