SHAKE: An earthquake was recorded 65km east of Bowen and 44km north of Airlie Beach at 5.55am on Tuesday.
SHAKE: An earthquake was recorded 65km east of Bowen and 44km north of Airlie Beach at 5.55am on Tuesday. Google/Geoscience Australia

Did you feel the Earth shake this morning?

A 3.1 MAGNITUDE earthquake has been recorded off the coast of Bowen on Tuesday just before 6am.

According to Geoscience Australia the quake could have been felt up to felt by people up to 23km away.

They said it lasted about 1.52 seconds.

Central Queensland Seismology Research Group lead seismologist Mike Turnbull said the 3.1 magnitude earthquake occurred 65km east of Bowen and 44km north of Airlie Beach out in the middle of Whitsunday Passage.

"This is an aftershock of the August 2016 5.8 magnitude earthquake," he said.

"I do not expect that this aftershock would have caused any damage but I do expect that people may have felt it or heard it."

On August 18 there was a 5.8 magnitude earthquake off the coast of Bowen around 2.30pm.

The quake lasted about 40 seconds and was the second biggest ever on the east coast of Australia.

At least 16 aftershocks up to magnitude 4.1 were recorded by Geoscience Australia the day after.


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