5.3quake shakes Melbourne

5.3quake shakes Melbourne

Melbourne : Australia | Jun 20, 2012 at 12:44 AM PDT
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The Australian city of Melbourne was hit by a rare earthquake Tuesday shook houses , cracked windows , and threw residents from their chairs ,but there were no immediate reports of damage.

The tremor, the biggest in Victoria in 30 years, was recorded at 5.3 on the Richter scale at the epicentre 16km southwest of Moe, beginning 8.53pm, on Tuesday and lasted about 30 seconds. It was also felt across Melbourne.

It was almost deep 10 kms deep with an epicentre between Trfalgar and Moe in the southeast.

The quake was felt from Kilmore, Gippsland, Drouin, Rowville and inner-Melbourne.

Seismologist David Jepsen said there were aftershocks of around magnitude 3.5 near the epicentre.

"[It was a] shallow earthquake. That's why people felt it so strongly," he said.

"You do get the rolling because you get the surface waves that get generated that people can feel quite strongly."

Meanwhile, Graeme Wilson, 61, was the closest person to the quake last night - his home only 400m from the epicentre.

"It felt to me like a motorbike on its side crashing through the kitchen," he told the Herald Sun today.

Victoria's State Emergency Service received a number of calls for assistance after the quake.

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Magnitude 5.3-strong earthquake shakes Victoria
Geoscience identified the epicentre 16km southwest of Moe, at the Latrobe Valley in Victoria's east.
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