Darwin has been rocked by an earthquake that hit the Barat Daya Islands in Indonesia, with residents reporting feeling the tremor.

The quake is believed to have been a magnitude-7.2 quake and hit north of East Timor at 5.25am AEDT on Thursday morning.

Almost 2000 people have reported feeling the earthquake to Geoscience Australia.

There is no tsunami threat to anywhere in Australia.

Prominent Northern Territory locals took to social media to reported feeling the quake, with Olympian Nova Peris tweeted that it “was a strong one!”.

Other locals reported the earthquake lasted several minutes.

“That was the biggest earthquake.. somewhere close.. felt in Darwin… lasted a few minutes… everything shook!” one user wrote.

“Earthquake in Darwin, bigger than usual. Woke me up. Still shaking. About three minutes so far,” another said.