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Earthquake rocks Goldfield towns of Western Australia

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A magnitude 4.6 earthquake has shaken Western Australia’s Goldfields region.

The quake hit at 8am on Wednesday (local time) at a depth of 15 kilometres, 30 kilometres west of Kalgoorlie-Boulder.

Geoscience Australia seismologist Eddie Leask said there were reports of people feeling the quake 100km away.

The federal government agency said it had received more than 50 reports from people who had felt the earth move by 9am.

"If you're very close to it, it's actually strong enough to rock parked cars,” Seismologist Marco Maldoni said.

"I must say we've had reports of walls cracking which is understandable given the size of the earthquake."

While there are dozens of operating mine sites in the vicinity where the quake was felt, there have so far been no reports of damage or injuries.

WA’s Department of Mines and Petroleum said it had not been identified of any incidents or evacuations of mine at this stage.

“It’s a bit early yet as mine operators will still be assessing their sites,” resources safety executive director Simon Ridge.

Ridge said inspectors were in contact with local mine operators and the department would provide further information if any reports were received.

Australian Mining has sought comment from Mincor Resources , Metals X and Norton Gold Fields which all operate mines in the area.

Today’s quake was the equal second largest recorded in the area, behind a magnitude five that struck close to Kalgoorlie in April 2010.

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