June 19, 2019

Earthquake hits Victoria, Australia

The red dot on the map marks the epicentre of the earthquake south-east of Melbourne.

A 4.4 magnitude earthquake has struck south-east of Melbourne, sending tremors throughout its suburbs and Southern Victoria.

Twitter is awash with reports from people in the city centre, Thomastown, Prahran, Blackburn and other inner suburbs.

The quake hit at 11.32am and registered 4.4 on the Richter scale, according to Geoscience Australia. It was centred near Korumburra in the Gippsland region, 120 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.

“That was a big one,” tweeted one person from Rowville.

Korumburra Tourist Park owner Susan Fuchs said the quake had brought down several trees, but guests had escaped uninjured.

“They didn’t hit any cabins or anything, which was lucky,” she said.

“It was pretty horrendous, a bit of a shock.”

The shaking was felt in Port Melbourne, Fitzroy, the Basin, Black Rock, Basin, Inverloch, Bundoora, Berwick, Ferntree Gully and the city.

The State Emergency Service has received no reports of damage near the epicentre or elsewhere and there are no reported casualties.