Earthquake shakes Melbourne
Wed, 20 Jun 2012 12:15a.m.
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake hit Melbourne, Australia, last night.
The quake hit at 10.55pm New Zealand time and lasted for 30 to 40 seconds, AAP reports.
It was centred 118km southeast of Melbourne and was 9.9km deep, says the US Geological Survey.
Initially the quake was reported as 5.2 by US seismologists. GeoScience Australia measured it at 5.5 and then later revised it down to 5.3.
It was one of the largest earthquakes on mainland Australia recorded in decades.
Reports say it was felt further afield as far as Myrtleford in the northeast and Wonthaggi in the southeast.
A State Emergency Service spokesman told Fairfax that there was no immediate reports of major damage but said it was possible minor building damage had occurred in Gippsland and the Latrobe Valley.
No injuries have been reported.
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