Some far north Queensland residents were worried about the possibility of a tsunami following a meteor shower, like this one captured in southern Spain in 2010.
Some far north Queensland residents were worried about the possibility of a tsunami following a meteor shower, like this one captured in southern Spain in 2010. Jorge Guerrero

Queensland meteor shower prompts tsunami panic

A REPORTED meteor shower in the state's far north has sparked panicked calls for help amid fears of a follow-on tsunami.

Locals sighted the shower around the Cairns and Yarrabah area on Thursday night, with police quick to reassure locals a tsunami was not on the way.

This was despite a number of calls from worried residents who feared the worst, including one caller who is understood to have screamed at police to take them to higher ground.

"Residents around Yarrabah and Cairns area there is no tsunami threat in place," police said via social media, before referring residents to the Bureau of Meteorology's website.

 

One resident told police they saw a bright light hit the ocean, while another asked if a tsunami was coming because they saw it on Facebook.

Police were also called to a beach in an attempt to calm locals, while other residents gathered at a lookout.

The first report of the meteor shower came through to police about 9.30pm.

According to the Joint Australian Tsunami Warning Centre, there was no tsunami "currently affecting Australia".

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