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article imageMelbourne earthquake but no injuries

By Richard van der Draay     Mar 6, 2009 in Environment
Reports have emerged of an earthquake in the state of Victoria in southern Australia last night. The epicentre of the tremor was north of Melbourne.
People in the southern Australian state of Victoria were shaken by an earthquake that measured 4.6 on the Richter scale and spread over more than two hundred kilometres yesterday.
Full coverage was provided by the Herald-Sun newspaper.
The earth shook for a few seconds shortly after 9PM and police stations were inundated with phone calls from anxious residents from north of Melbourne to Sale in Gippsland.
The epicentre of the quake was just to the north of Korumburra in South Gippsland. It was reported that the earthquake was powerful enough to shake buildings and cause some people to fall off their sofas in Melbourne.
In the areas of Korumburra and Leongatha some houses lost their power supply for up to ten minutes.
According to the Victoria police there were no reports of injuries or damage to property.
Geoscience Australia confirmed that the tremor measured 4.6. Phil Cummins, the on duty seismologist, said that it was certainly a moderate earthquake that was likely to be felt across a wide area but it is unlikely to have caused any damage, apart from possibly some minor damage near the epicentre of the quake.
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