So it’s 8:54 PM on Tuesday night, 19-June-2012 and I’m working on my computer when I notice I’m bouncing up and down.  Not violently, but steadily up and down.  Reminded me of 1998 in Wellington, New Zealand. Hey, I know an earthqualke when I feel it, people!  So I go down to the lounge and ask the people there if they felt that.  Nope.  Looked at me like I was a loonie.  So I went back to work.  Then MBW texts me that I was right!  Yikes!

EARTHQUAKE: 5.3-magnitude tremor rocks

Victoria for at least 20 seconds

5.3-magnitude quake struck 10km southwest of Moe
  • Seismologist recorded the massive murmur at 10km deep
  • Residents report the shaking lasted up to 40 seconds
MELBOURNE and vast parts of Victoria stood still after a sequence of tremors shook the city just before 9pm (AEST).

The USGS reported the earthquake hit 120km out of Melbourne, some 10km southwest of Moe. The USGS registered it as a 5.2-magnitude quake, but Geoscience Australia clocked it at 5.3, revising it down from an initial 5.5 reading.

Readers have swamped the Herald Sun with calls reporting significant tremors from everyone from the suburbs all the way across the state to country Victoria. The tremor, which lasted about 20 seconds, has been felt from Kilmore, Gippsland, Drouin, Rowville and inner-Melbourne.

quake damage melbourne
Bottles fly off shelves at a supermarket in Victoria.

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