Sydney earthquake: Geoscience Australia receives 3000 reports of seismic activity near Penrith

Caleb Runciman
The Nightly
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A 3.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken Sydney, with thousands of locals reporting seismic activity near them.
A 3.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken Sydney, with thousands of locals reporting seismic activity near them. Credit: moremilu/Pixabay (user moremilu)

A 3.6 magnitude earthquake has shaken Sydney, with thousands of locals reporting seismic activity near them.

Geoscience Australia has recorded almost 3000 reports of a quake on Friday night, with the epicentre located 20km southwest of Penrith.

Senior seismologist Hadi Ghasemi told The Daily Telegraph that the quake’s focal point was “close to the surface.”

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“It was quite a shallow event, and due to the time it happened, it has been widely felt, and we have received close to 3000 ‘felt’ reports from the public,” Mr Ghasemi said.

It is reported that NSW police had recorded no injuries or damage when the quake hit at approximately 8.53pm local time, at a depth of 8km.

Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre says there is no tsunami threat.

A map of earthquake reports shows people feeling the quake in both Wollongong and Sydney.

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