The US Geological Survey said on Sunday that a magnitude 6.9 earthquake rocked the coastal resort of Broome in western Australia.
There were no reports of damage or injuries from the quake.
The agency said its epicenter was at a depth of 33 km, about 203 km from the city in Western Australia.
Video footage of social networking sites showed cars and buildings shaking as the goods fell from the shelves and some residents reported minor damage.
“There was an earthquake just in Broome … the entire house was shaking and it was going on for a long time,” said one resident on Twitter.
Phil Cummins, a seismologist at the Earth Sciences Agency of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, said such a quake was not unusual for the region.
“It’s very rare … it could happen every 20 years.”
Brom is located in the Kimberley region, which includes mining and oil production sites in northwest Australia.
According to the Earth Sciences Agency, residents in Perth, the capital of Western Australia, felt the earthquake, although it was more than 2,000 kilometers away. A follow-up of 4.1 was recorded.