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Another quake shakes Victoria

Another quake shakes Victoria

Sat July 21, 2012 11:28am

VICTORIA has been shaken by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake tonight, less than one month after a massive quake rattled Gippsland.

Geoscience Australia seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said the quake, which struck Moe at 7.11pm, would have been felt up to 50km from the epicentre.

The aftershock was strong enough to spark reports of small objects moving and pictures shaking on the walls.

''It's certainly not unusual to get aftershocks of this size after a magnitude 5.4 earthquake,'' he said.

On June 19, Victorians were shocked by the largest quake in three decades.

Aftershocks have followed, including two in the last two weeks of 2.7 and 2.2 magnitude.

Official earthquake report

Victorians react to quake on Twitter

A Melbourne woman said she felt her house shake and windows rattle.

The Brunswick resident from Melbourne's inner north said she came home to check her email when she felt the tremor about 7pm (AEDT).

''Well, I had just got home and sat down to check my e-mail, when I felt the building shake and the windows and the objects on my desk rattle,'' she said.

Gary Mitchell, of Yallourn North, insisted the tremor felt bigger than last month's quake.

“The last one broke two sets of crystals on the lights, but with this one I could see the corners of my house shake,” Mr Mitchell said.

“My entire house was roaring and I reckon this quake felt bigger than the other one.”

The tremor sparked a social media flurry, with dozens of Melbourne residents reporting similar incidents.

''I posted a notice on Facebook, then checked twitter and saw that someone had started a 'melbearthquake' hashtag within seconds of the event,'' the woman said.

- with AAP, Jonno Nash

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