A magnitude 7.3 earthquake in the Banda Sea off Indonesia has been felt more than 600 kilometres away in Darwin.
Geoscience Australia says there could be more aftershocks from the quake that shook the Top End of the Northern Territory overnight.
Tremors were felt in Darwin and Katherine at about 2.30am local time.
Overnight staff at the Darwin weather bureau evacuated their third-storey office while the building shook.
Duty forecaster Angeline Prasad says the tremor was the strongest she has felt.
“The building started shaking and it just became worse,” she said.
“It is the worst tremor I’ve felt in Darwin.
“When things started falling off shelves we decided to go to an evacuation point, which is outside the building.”
Geoscience senior seismologist Dr Mark Leonard says, while there have been quakes of a similar magnitude felt in Darwin before, people are describing last night’s tremor as particularly intense.
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