Earthquake strikes and cyclone brews off North West coast

Pilbara News
storm clouds roll into Karratha.
Camera Iconstorm clouds roll into Karratha. Credit: Tom Zaunmayr

An earthquake has struck off the Pilbara coast overnight as a tropical low continues to make its way down the coast.

Geoscience Australia recorded a 3.8 magnitude earthquake just after 6.30pm Tuesday night about 250km north of Port Hedland coast.

Further north, a watch zone has been issued between Kuri Bay and Beagle Bay for a tropical low sitting off the Kimberley.

The low is moving south west and could reach cyclone intensity by Thursday afternoon.

At this stage the Bureau of Meteorology does not expect it to track towards land, but cyclone paths are prone to change with little warning.

Squally thunderstorms could reach Broome and surrounding coastal communities by this evening.

The West Pilbara coast, including Karratha, could be in for some wild Australia Day weather as the system tracks further south west.

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