Kalgoorlie, WA: 2.9 magnitude earthquake rocks gold mine town

A 2.9 magnitude earthquake has rocked the West Australian gold mining town of Kalgoorlie.

Residents in the southern part of town were woken by the quake about 5.30am on Tuesday.

Geoscience Australia said the quake had a depth of 4km to 7km.

More than 180 reports have been made to Geoscience Australia.

“Living in Kalgoorlie, you always think, ‘Oh, that’s another mining blast,’” resident Robert Koenig Luck wrote on Twitter.

“But woke up to the house shaking at 5.31. Just a 2.9 mag earthquake. Good morning.”

“If there was going to be an aftershock, there would be a very good chance it wouldn’t be felt by the public,” senior seismologist Hadi Ghafemi told the ABC.

A magnitude 3.3 earthquake was also reported in the Lake Mackay region.

It happened about 8pm on Monday and had a depth of 10km.

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