An earthquake with a magnitude of 3.2 has struck Australia’s southeast part of Melbourne at 5:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
The residents felt the movement near Leongatha, which stretched all the way to 125 kilometres at the beachside suburb of the Brighton region. Since the quake was not a major one, there were no reports of property damage or injury yet. A caller told 3 AW that he felt the rumble for almost three seconds. News.com.au reported that there were numerous comments on Twitter that described the rumble and the different experiences of those who felt it. One of the Twitter users, Susan McAlpine, described the trembling of the planet’s surface as “moderately noisy” with a magnitude capable of shaking household items.
The earthquake was recorded at a depth of four kilometres. GeoScience Australia received calls at around 7:30 a.m. from people who experienced the quake. “The reports, in general, were that it was a short, sharp jolt and an associate booming sound to go along with that,” senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said as quoted by The Age. “People said they mistook it for a truck going down the road or … a train going past and that’s quite common for an earthquake of this size.”
The seismologist claimed that an earthquake lasted only for few seconds, but it woke people sleeping in their residences that morning in the affected areas. Bathgate described the southeastern part of Australia as a part of the seismic area also called the “southeast seismogenic zone.” “The Gippsland region, in general, is one of the more active parts of the country … the area is earthquake prone,” the seismologist said.
It was in December 2014 when the Leongatha region last experienced a rattle because of an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.4 as recorded near Korumburra. However, in the last 10 years, Victoria’s own “Ring of Fire,” the Leongatha and Korumburra areas, has been shaken by 60 earthquakes.