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Massive 7.5 Earthquake Rocks Darwin, Buildings Evacuated

A huge 7.5 magnitude earthquake has rumbled Darwin, with the quake -- centred off the coast of Indonesia -- felt around the region.

The quake, centred in the Banda Sea, was felt in Australia's north on Monday, as it hit just before 12pm local time. Its epicentre was reported to be off the coast of East Timor, to the north of Darwin, at a depth of 222 kilometres.

People have been evacuated from buildings in Darwin as a precaution, following intense shaking.

Magnitude 7.2 Quake Rocks Darwin

Shaking was felt for several minutes, reports from the scene indicated.

The quake has variously been reported as being between 7.2 and 7.5 magnitude. The United States Geological Survey put the earthquake as a 7.3.

Australia's Bureau of Meteorology advised there was no tsunami warning in effect following the earthquake -- with its Northern Territory office saying the event had left "quite an impact for Darwin".

Another 6.1 magnitude quake was felt in the same part of the world, around Papua New Guinea, just hours before.

There are no reports of injuries or major damage at this stage, but residents in Darwin spoke of strong shaking in the area.

One resident claimed the earthquake had cracked the wall in their home.

More to come.