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Earthquake rocks WA’s Goldfields region

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A magnitude 4.7 earthquake has rocked Western Australia’s Goldfields region.

The quake occurred in the Coolgardie, Kalgoorlie and Boulder area at 8am (WST) on Wednesday.

Geoscience Australia said in its unfinalised report that the earthquake could have been felt by people up to 125 kilometres from the epicentre and might have caused damage up to 10km away.

The quake, centred 30km west of Kalgoorlie with a depth of 15km, was the second largest in the historic goldmining town’s history, after a magnitude five struck in 2010.

Geoscience Australia
The location of the earthquake in Western Australia. Image: Geoscience Australia

Ken Smith, of the Grand Hotel in Boulder, said he was in bed when it hit, and it “shook the s*** out of me”.

“It’s in Kalgoorlie, but we felt the shocks in Boulder,” he told Fairfax radio.

“It was only a few seconds but that is all it takes.

“You could just feel the rumble keep running through.”

Mr Smith said there appeared to be no damage at the hotel, “but there would have to be some in Kalgoorlie”.

“I thought, `Hello, we are in for another one’.”

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