A magnitude-5.3 earthquake shook a large area of Victoria this evening, with its epicenter about 70 miles (120km) south-east of Melbourne.
Geoscience Australia says the 5.3 quake had a depth of about 6 miles (10km) and rumbled through Melbourne and communities including Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Shepparton.
People reported hearing a roaring noise, with reports of cracks occurring in the walls and floors of homes.
‘(It was) the most severe earthquake that I would say we’ve experienced at Heathmont in 60 years to my knowledge,” said Graham Miller, a resident in Melbourne’s east. “The shaking continued for about 45 seconds, and my whole house was vibrating visibly.”
It is an unusual event, said Professor Mike Sandiford of the School of Earth Sciences at the University of Melbourne. “It was a significant shaking event. We don’t often get earthquakes which shake much of Melbourne.’
The Federal Minister responsible for insurance, Bill Shorten, says he understands it is the biggest earthquake in the area “in 109 years”.
Thanks to Wanda for this link. Also to David Newton in Sydney.