A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the Geoscience Australia as Magnitude 5.7 hit near Frankland River, Western Australia at 04:56 UTC on September 16, 2018 (12:56 local time). The USGS registered it as M5.3 at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). The quake was initially reported by Geoscience Australia as M5.6 but the agency revised the magnitude on September 17. Officials said there were wall cracks at two homesteads in the Lake Muir region (near the epicenter), adding that there were no other initial reports of damage.

Senior Geoscience Australia seismologist Phil Cummins said it was an uncommonly large earthquake and the second quake to hit the region in a week, ABC reports. A 3.5-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of Albany on September 12 and a 3.4-magnitude hit Walpole on September 13. “The M5.7 quake occurred roughly between Walpole and Kojonup on the south coast and was felt all the way from Albany up to Perth,” he said. “It is quite a large earthquake, it is large enough to cause damage but it’s unlikely to have done so because it occurred in a relatively remote area.” READ MORE