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Aftershocks Expected In WA From Earthquake

West Australians face days of aftershocks in the wake of a 5.6 magnitude earthquake in the state's southwest.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Phil Cummins said he expected aftershocks "of decreasing magnitude and size" to continue for some time.

"It is quite a rare event and especially to have it occurred in this place. On the south coast earthquakes are more rare," Professor Cummins said.

Residents in Walpole, near to the quake, may feel aftershocks for days, while those in the immediate vicinity of the quake could even feel the aftershocks for weeks.

The Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre detected the earthquake, reported as being centred between Kojonup and Walpole, just before 1pm on Sunday.

The agency had no recorded earthquake above 5.0 magnitude in the immediate area of Sunday's event, Prof Cummins said.

Walpole Visitors Centre volunteer Colin Steele said it felt "like a big truck passing very close by" for about five to eight seconds but the building was still standing.


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