Earthquake shakes Melbourne, Australia

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Melbourne, Jun 19: An earthquake of 5.2 magnitude on the Richter Scale shook Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, Jun 19. The quake was felt 121 kilometres south east of Melbourne.

According to US Geological Survey, the quake occurred at a depth of nine-point nine kilometres at around 9 pm (13:30 IST) and the epicentre of the tremor was at 10 kilometres south west of the town of Moe.

Residents of Kilmore, Gippsland, Drouin, Rowville and inner-Melbourne felt the tremor which lasted for 30 to 40 seconds. No casualties or damage to property have been reported as yet.

To the relief of all Australians, there is no tsunami threat to the country, announced the joint Australian tsunami warning centre following the quake.

Australian media reported that windows of many houses were rattled and floors rocked.Ron Smith from Kew said his whole house shook. "We heard a roar and thought it was the wind," he said.

"The floor and the walls shook, the whole house shook," added Smith. According to Wikipedia, another massive earthquake rocked the country on Mar 23, 2012. [List of earthquakes in Australia]

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