Biggest quake in 50 years hit Western Australia

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has hit the Western Australian mining town of Kalgoorlie-Boulder this morning.

Kalgoorlie Super Pit gold mine

It is the strongest earthquake in 50 years to hit the region. The Goldfields region of Western Australia is considered one of the more geologically stable regions of Australia, in comparison to the southwest corner of the state, which is an active zone at the edge of the Yilgarn block.

Kalgoorlie is located 600 kilometres (370 miles) east of the capital — Perth — and is historically the largest gold producing centre of its type in Australia. Kalgoorlie is also the largest urban centre in the goldfields region, and has the largest number of buildings that would be vulnerable to such an earthquake.

Minor casualties have been reported, and miners and schoolchildren have been evacuated. Buildings have been damaged in Kalgoorlie.

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