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Earthquake hits Melbourne - 6th March 2009

It’s around 9pm and we’re in the middle of watching a film on tv. Suddenly, the window next to us starts shaking quite violently in it’s frame for a few seconds. A bit puzzled we go outside, presuming a gale force wind has just started up. Surprisingly, it is completely still outside..It’s then that we realise we’ve just experienced an earth tremor!


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FRIGHTENED Victorians were left shaken by an earthquake measuring 4.7 on the Richter Scale and spanning more than 200km tonight.

Police were flooded with calls from hundreds of worried residents from north of Melbourne to Sale in Gippsland after the earth shook for a few seconds just after 9pm.

The epicentre hit just north of Korumburra in South Gippsland, but the earthquake was powerful enough to shake buildings and cause some residents to fall off their couches in metropolitan Melbourne.

Some homes around Korumburra and Leongatha lost power for up to 10 minutes.

A Victoria Police spokeswoman said there were no reports of any injuries or property damage.

Phil Cummins, duty seismologist at Geoscience Australia, which monitors earthquake activity, confirmed the tremor measured 4.7.

“It was certainly a moderate earthquake that was likely to be felt across a wide area but is unlikely to have caused any damage, except possibly some minor damage near the epicentre,” Mr Cummins said.

The tremor was estimated to have occured 8km down.

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