after Victoria's horrific bushfires claimed hundreds of lives, houses
shook across Melbourne on Friday night after an earthquake measuring
4.7 struck Gippsland - the second in two months.
The epicentre of the quake was 96 kms from Melbourne,
near Kurrumburra in Gippsland (38.377°S, 145.714°E), but was felt as far
away as Sunbury.
The same area was struck by a quake measuring 3.7 only two months ago,
which was followed 12 minutes later by an aftershock of magnitude 1.8.
Quakes measuring 3.7 and 2.7 also occurred in Bass Straight in
February, roughly 50 kilometres south of Cape Schanck. This most recent
quake was Melbourne's largest in at least 10 years, after an earthquake
measuring 4.5 struck Boollara in central Gippsland in August 2000.
Reports of the 4.7 quake first appeared on Twitter and Facebook within
seconds, with Melbourne and #earthquake becoming the second and third
ranked trending topics on Twitter. The story picked up on local radio
within several minutes.
Melbourne 000 emergency hotline was flooded
with calls, but there are as yet no reports of casualties or property
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