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Magnitude 6.0 earthquake felt in Darwin - with hundreds of residents waking up to the tremors

An earthquake has again rocked residents in Australia's north on Wednesday morning.

The earthquake - estimated as between a magnitude 6.0 and 6.2 - was believed to have been centred in the Banda Sea, 321km north-east of Dili, East Timor, and was felt strongly in Darwin.

People in the Northern Territory capital reported the quake shaking furniture and knocking items off shelves around 6.25am on Wednesday.

The quake was recorded at a depth of 129km. and is believed to have been an aftershock of a bigger quake in the area just over a month ago.

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake was believed to have been centred in the Banda Sea, 321km north-east of Dili, East Timor, and was felt strongly in Darwin. The red dot shows the location of the earthquake on Wednesday

The magnitude 6.0 earthquake was believed to have been centred in the Banda Sea, 321km north-east of Dili, East Timor, and was felt strongly in Darwin. The red dot shows the location of the earthquake on Wednesday

On December 30 a magnitude 7.3 quake originated 250km north-east of Dili and 50km east of Indonesia’s Maluku islands in the Banda Sea.

Geoscience Australia regards the Banda Sea an area 'of high activity'.

There were no reports of damage in Darwin and as yet no reports from Timor.

A week ago a 4.7 magnitude earthquake rattled Perth residents. 

The Bureau of Meteorology confirmed the quake on Wednesday morning but quickly eased fears, stating there would be no risk of a tsunami.

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