17 Apr 2011

Aftershocks in north Queensland

8:52 am on 17 April 2011

Several aftershocks have been felt in parts of north Queensland following a magnitude 5.2 earthquake on Saturday.

The quake, one of the largest to hit the state in many years, was recorded 60km west of Bowen just after 3.30pm (AEST) Saturday.

The ABC reports rumblings were felt in several towns, but police say there are no reports of damage or injuries.

There have been several aftershocks, with one registering magnitude 4.0.

Residents have been told to expect a series of aftershocks in the next few days.

Geoscience Australia says it was a rare event and the state's biggest in more than 70 years.

Seismologist David Jepsen the last big one was magnitude 5.5 in 1935 west of Fraser Island. There was also one near Charters Towers in 1913, about magnitude 5.7.

Dr Jepsen said the earthquake was unrelated to recent tremors that have devastated parts of New Zealand and Japan.