The quake hit in the Tanami Desert, about 100km west of the remote community of Willowra.
News.com.au reports that a resident of Willowra told The NT News that the tremors had scared her because she had never felt an earthquake before. Willowra is located about 300km north west of Alice Springs.
Did you feel the Earth move in Central Australia? At approximately 11:56 am ACST we recorded a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in the Tanami Desert, Northern Territory. If you felt the earthquake, you can complete a felt report online: https://t.co/rE9TdDGauD#eqauspic.twitter.com/DAJ0dQZfl2