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Earthquake rattles north Qld tourist town

AAP logoAAP 14/10/2016

An earthquake has rattled a popular tourist town in north Queensland.

The 3.9 magnitude quake struck off the coast near Airlie Beach shortly after 11pm on Thursday.

The quake was felt nearly 150km away, with reports from residents in Mackay and Ayr.

However, the majority of calls to Geosciences Australia came from people in Airlie Beach and Bowen.

Duty seismologist Dan Connolly said there had been no reports of damage.

The quake comes less than two months after one measuring 5.1 was recorded off the coast of Bowen.

Mr Connolly said earthquake activity was high in that region.

"There have been more than 60 this year within 100kms of that area," he told AAP.

"I wouldn't be surprised if there were more to come, although I wouldn't be confident of another huge one."

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