BELOW: Scroll down to view a map of where the tremors were felt
EMERGENCY services were inundated with calls last night as an earthquake shook a large section of the North West.
The 4.2 magnitude quake hit just after 9.30pm and was felt across the region, including Tamworth, Manilla, Gunnedah, Barraba, Tingha, Armidale, Uralla, Inverell and Tambar Springs.
In Tamworth it was felt as two sharp tremors, about 30 seconds apart.
One resident said the second tremor felt like “something hit the house”.
A spokesman for Geoscience Australia told The Leader the quake was 52km north west of Tamworth, near Manilla, 17km under the surface.
He said it was caused by movement of rock along a local fault line and it was possible some smaller tremors, or aftershocks, may be felt in the next few days.
Australia felt these type of quakes “fairly regularly”, he said, but in the past 10 years in NSW there’s only been two earthquakes of last night’s size – one in Cowra and another in Bowral.
Police were swamped by hundreds of calls from concerned residents, but there had been no reports of damage or injuries when The Leader went to press last night.
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Where the tremors were felt across the region