Earthquake rocks Victoria

Earthquake rocks Victoria


A MAGNITUDE 5.5 earthquake has rocked the south-east coast of Australia.

Seismologists recorded the massive murmur – almost 10km deep – at 8.53pm.

The mammoth quake spread itself statewide, reaching as far as 10km across south-west of Moe, 18km west of Morwell, 30km off Traralgon and 78km south-west of Sale.

The tremor, which last about 20 seconds, has been felt from Kilmore, Gippsland, Mitcham, Coburg, Kensington, St Albans, Mornington Peninsula, Drouin, Rowville and inner-Melbourne.

The tremors have been felt by millions of people.

It is not yet known if the tremor has caused any damage.

A spokeswoman for Geoscience Australia said its recordings showed it was a magnitude 5.5 earthquake, which was more accurate than international seismologist estimates.

The epicentre has been identified 16km south-west of Moe, at the Latrobe Valley in Victoria’s east.

“Our preliminary information is that it’s a 5.5,” she said.

“We haven’t had any reports of local damage yet.”

People who have experienced damage from the quake are urged to contact the SES.

Bureau of Meteorology forecaster Richard Carlyon said details of the earthquake were not yet known as the website for Geoscience Australia – which monitors, analyses and reports on earthquakes within Australia and internationally, was in meltdown.

“We’ve had reports of the tremor from Broadford all the way up to Myrtleford in north-east Victoria,” he said.


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