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North Queensland rattled by a magnitude 4.9 earthquake 

Residents in north Queensland have been rattled by an inland earthquake, their second for the year.

The 4.9 magnitude quake occurred about 1pm AEST on Sunday about 100km south of Charters Towers, according to Geoscience Australia.

The quake, about 10km deep, has so far caused no damage, with people reporting windows rattling nearly 200km away in Townsville.

Geoscience Australia Seismologist Spiro Spiliopoulos told Brisbane Times residents in neighbouring towns felt ‘vibrations’ after the initial quake, while others reported ‘rattling’ as a result.

He said earthquakes were not common in Queensland, and were caused by a natural buildup of stresses in the Earth.  

Mr Spiliopoulos said records show there have been at least 47 earthquakes since 1950 in a 200-kilometre radius of Sunday’s tremor.

There is no threat of a tsunami following the quake, the Bureau of Meteorology confirmed.  

The region was also hit by a 4.9 magnitude quake off the coast of Bowen in April.  

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