The magnitude-7.3 quake struck about 3.55am ACST on Thursday, according to Geoscience Australia.
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The epicentre was about 250km northeast of Dili and 50km east of Indonesia’s Maluku islands in the Banda Sea.
Tremors were felt in Darwin for several minutes with many locals shaken awake.
“Earthquake just rocked Darwin but all appears okay and no damage,” Allan Anderson wrote on Facebook.
“Our building really moved. That was one hell of a way to wake up”.
“Darwin Earthquake! Holy Moly, that was a strong one!” Olympic gold medallist Nova Peris said on social media.
“Now that’s enough sleep for Darwin. What an earthquake. Long way away but the shaking lasted over 1 minute,” Karl Lijnders said.
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