Last night just before 9:00pm, I was sitting on the couch, dividing my attention between the TV and Twitter, when there was a kind of a bang and then a loud rumble, accompanied by the house moving around wildly.
It's funny how your brain works when unexpected things happen: What..? Helicopter...? Truck going past...? Strong wind...? Crap, the house is moving like crazy...WHAT THE HELL IS THAT? That last bit, I yelled out loud, immediately followed by Earthquake?!
My brain kicked into gear and I followed correct earthquake action plan protocol: I turned to Twitter for confirmation of what just happened:
It was amazing to see my Twitter stream light up with tweets from Melburnians, all asking the same thing. I couldn't keep up with the tweets. Reports were coming in from all over the state - it was felt as far north as Albury-Wodonga, and west to Geelong.
As usual it took the TV stations a good 20-30 minutes to even run a news break segment, so Twitter and some of the seismological websites were the best source of info.
The judges scored it a 5.3 (there was some argument initially, with a score of 5.2 being awarded, then after a protest, being upgraded to 5.5, and finally points deducted for not being scary enough, so back to 5.3) and it was pretty shallow, being 9.9km deep. The epicentre was in the east of the state, near Moe in Gippsland.
It looks as though there's only some minor damage - the State Emergency Service reported last night that they'd had about 20 calls for help, and none of them for anything major - but it was sobering this morning to read that the disastrous Newcastle earthquake back in 1986 was a 5.6.
I pity the poor supermarket staff down in Moe, Morwell and surrounding areas this morning. They have a bit of work to do...
|Source - The Age|
I'd like to request no aftershocks today, thanks. I work in a seven-storey building and I really prefer that it doesn't sway about whilst I'm in it.