Did the earth move for you?
Earth tremor in Melbourne just before 9:00pm tonight. Shook the house quite a bit!
First information via twitter
Took a while for the news service to catch up
Herald Sun: “BREAKING NEWS: RESIDENTS across Melbourne have reported feeling the earth tremble as a quake appears to shakes the city.”
The Australian: A 2.5 magnitude earthquake struck Melbourne on Sunday night only eight kilometres south east of the city’s CBD – the latest in a series of quakes to hit Australia.
The Age: Householders from Reservoir, in the city’s north, to Kew and Cheltenham, southeast of Melbourne, said they felt the tremor – which lasted a few seconds – shortly before 9pm (AEDT), on Friday.
Announcements via 774 radio that there are no reported injuries and not to call 000
From the U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center;
* Friday, March 06, 2009 at 09:55:38 UTC
* Friday, March 06, 2009 at 08:55:38 PM at epicenter
Location 38.377°S, 145.714°E
Depth 10 km (6.2 miles) set by location program
Region NEAR THE SOUTHEAST COAST OF AUSTRALIA
* 96 km (59 miles) SE (137°) from Melbourne, Australia
* 458 km (284 miles) SW (221°) from CANBERRA, Australia
Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 15.7 km (9.8 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters NST= 9, Nph= 9, Dmin=448.6 km, Rmss=1.09 sec, Gp=137°,
M-type=body magnitude (Mb), Version=6
* U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center: World Data Center for Seismology, Denver
Event ID: us2009dwau
On Twitter, @theamazingkim was able to quickly see the funnier side of things;
Seismologists say the type of earthquake that rocked Melbourne last night is relatively uncommon.
The tremor – measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale – struck near Korumburra in South Gippsland just before 9:00pm AEDT.
There have been no reports of major damage.
– Vic tremor ‘relatively uncommon’ (2009-Mar-07) [ABC News]