Powerful M5.9 earthquake hits Northern Territory, Australia on May 20, 2016

A powerful M5.9 earthquake struck Northern Territory in Australia on May 20, 2016.

The strong quake centered near Kaltukatjara and Uluru hit at 18:14 (UTC) at a shallow depth of about 9 kilometers (5.6 miles). There is no word on damage but the region is sparsely populated.

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The strong earthquake struck at 3:54 a.m. local time on Saturday, May 21, 2016 and was centered southeast of Kaltukatjara in Northern Territory and northwest of Kalka Homeland in South Australia.

There was no immediate word on damage or casualties, but the region is sparsely populated.

Geoscience Australia estimated that the earthquake may have been felt as far away as 507 kilometers (315 miles) from the epicenter, though any damage would be limited to a 40 kilometer (24 mile) radius.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) estimated the magnitude of the earthquake at 5.9.

As shown in the table below this quake is one of the strongest ever measured in Northern Territory:

Magnitude UTC Latitude Longitude Depth (km)
5.6 09 March 1999 @ 23:43:05 -10,890 128,773 33
5.6 28 May 1989 @ 02:55:21 -25,250 130,650 31
5.7 30 September 1988 @ 20:43:01 -19,800 134,000 0
5.8 22 January 1988 @ 20:54:05 -19,887 134,084 3
5.7 22 January 1988 @ 12:39:37 -19,800 134,000 0
6.6 22 January 1988 @ 12:05:00 -19,838 133,994 5
5.7 22 January 1988 @ 04:18:51 -19,800 134,000 0
6.3 22 January 1988 @ 03:57:28 -19,826 133,984 4
6.2 22 January 1988 @ 00:36:01 -19,812 133,975 6
5.6 28 August 1972 @ 02:18:56 -24,950 136,260 8
6.4 27 June 1941 @ 07:55:49 -25,950 137,340 0
5.9 17 April 1938 @ 08:56:22 -25,500 137,200 0

 

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