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Earthquake strikes Melbourne sparking confusion


Earthquake hits Melbourne, causing confusion: ‘Loud, explosion-like sound’

Melbourne was rocked by a small earthquake on Tuesday morning – with authorities recording a magnitude 2.3 quake in the city’s eastern suburbs.

Several residents wondered if they could imagine the ground rumbling beneath them.

“Anyone else in Melbourne feeling the earthquake recently?” one resident asked on Twitter.

“WAS THAT AN EARTHQUAKE?” asked another.

“It went so fast it could have been a thunderstorm, but I swear the roof was shaking.”

Earthquake monitoring organization, the Seismology Research Centre, said the quake was detected near Ferntree Gully, not far from Dandenong Ranges National Park.

A resident of Montrose, east of town, reported feeling “rumbling, rattling, and a loud explosion-like sound.”

A Belgrave resident said ‘it was so small I thought it was just a lorry being unloaded’.

The Bureau of Meteorology said there is no tsunami threat for Australia.

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