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Largest earthquake in three decades rocks Victoria

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 20, 2012

  • Erin Michael 
Melbourne earthquake

Source: Herald Sun

Quake 1

Items were shook off shelves at the Chemist Warehouse in Morwell, Victoria. Source:Supplied

A MAGNITUDE 5.3 earthquake shook homes, cracked windows and walls, and threw residents from their chairs.

Millions across Victoria felt the tremor, which had an epicentre 16km south-west of Moe, at theLatrobe Valley in Victoria’s east.

The quake struck at 8.53pm and lasted for 30 seconds, Geoscience Australia spokesman Chris Thompson said.

Up to four aftershocks have been felt surrounding the earthquakes epicentre in the La Trobe Valley in the states east, he said.

”We’ve had reports from central Melbourne and as far as right up the top of the state. Most people would have felt it,” Mr Thompson said.

 SES spokesman Lachlan Quick said 25 calls for assistance had been lodged to the emergency service for low-level damage.

“We’ve been called to residential properties with minor damage from Mt Martha to Preston; Morwell to Moe,” he said. Read the rest of this entry »

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