The Herald Sun newspaper front page of the breaking news on the following morning after the earthquake (20 June 2012)

EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MELBOURNE ViCTORiA

UPDATE to previous news story:

BREAKiNG NEWS: EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MELBOURNE ~  3:58pm Monday 13th January 2014

LATEST DETAiLS & UPDATE HERE

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EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MELBOURNE VICTORIA Near Moe 19th June 2012

The biggest earthquake to shake Victoria in 109 years was felt by millions of people at 8:55 pm on Tuesday the 19th of June 2012. The quake shook most of the state of Victoria, and parts of New South Wales in Australia, with a magnitude of 5.4 for about 30 to 40 seconds. It was approximately 10km deep with the epicentre between Moe and Trafalgar   in the southeast.

Geoscience details showing the areas that felt the 5.4 magnitude Victorian Earthquake at 8:53pm on Tuesday 19th June 2012 map © Google
Geoscience details showing the areas that felt the 5.4 magnitude Victorian Earthquake at 8:53pm on Tuesday 19th June 2012 map © Google

The Geoscience Australia website went into meltdown as many people searched for information about the earthquake, while Facebook and Twitter was flooded with quake talk. Visit Geoscience Australia for the official earthquake details regarding seismograms, data, shaking and damage area, technical and scientific information and summary. See some of the first news coverage from 2 hours after the Victorian quake…

The Herald Sun newspaper front page of the breaking news on the following morning after the earthquake (20 June 2012)
The Herald Sun newspaper front page of the breaking news on the following morning after the earthquake (20 June 2012)
The Geoscience Australia seismogram from Toolangi showing the earthquake details magnitude of 5.4 on Tuesday 19th June 2012
The Geoscience Australia seismogram from Toolangi showing the earthquake details magnitude of 5.4 on Tuesday 19th June 2012

There were more than 60 aftershocks in the area near Moe within 24 hours since the earthquake began. Most of the aftershocks were small and unnoticeable, except for one that registered a magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter Scale. The aftershocks will continue in the area, with the possibility of a quake equaling or exceeding the original one on Tuesday night over the next few weeks, according to experts. Geoscience Australia is setting up aftershock monitoring equipment in the area to pinpoint the location of the initial quake, which was almost as strong as the magnitude 5.6 quake that killed 13 people in the Newcastle earthquake in 1989.

See the the Channel 7 Sunrise footage from the following morning after the Victoria earthquake, including Dr Karl Kruszelnicki explaining earthquakes… 

24 year old Nathan Laurens aka Nate from the South Eastern suburbs of Melbourne, was upstairs attempting to video record himself playing guitar and singing, when the house started shaking during the Victorian earthquake on Tuesday 19th June 2012. See the video Nathan uploaded on YouTube…
'The face of the Victoria Earthquake' ~ Nathan Laurens aka Nate while recording a video during the Victoria earthquake on Tuesday 19th June 2012
‘The face of the Victoria Quake’ ~ Nathan Laurens aka Nate while recording a video during the Victoria earthquake on Tuesday 19th June 2012

Since Nathan Laurens uploaded his video of the coincidental earthquake during his song recording, it has gone viral on Youtube, with 89,120 views and 270 comments, within 48 hours of the Victorian quake. Visit Nathan’s YouTube account: Nate Laurens, to see Nathan performing without being interrupted by a quake. Nathan was interviewed on Sunrise on Channel 7 by David Koch aka Kochie on the 21st June 2012. See Nathan Laurens on Sunrise ‘Earthquake Idol’…

LiST of ALL EARTHQUAKES in ViCTORiA Over 3 Magnitude:

  • 2012 ~ Moe 5.4
  • 2011 ~ Grampians 3.8
  • 2009 ~ Korumburra 4.4
  • 2009 ~ Korumburra 4.7
  • 2001 ~ Swan Hill 4.8
  • 2000 ~ Boolarra 5.0
  • 1996 ~ Mt. Baw Baw / Thompson Dam 5.0
  • 1982 ~ Wonnangatta 5.4
  • 1977 ~ Balliang 4.7
  • 1971 ~ Westernport Bay 5.0
  • 1969 ~ Boolarra 5.3
  • 1966 ~ Mount Hotham 5.5
  • 1960 ~ Cape Otway 5.3
  • 1903 ~ Warrnambool 5.3
  • 1855 ~ Bass Strait 5.5

Could Victoria have a BiG EARTHQUAKE like the 2011 Christchurch Earthqauke? Experts say yes, but Victoria would be spared the most devastating tremors. Victoria will not experience a magnitude 9 earthquake as Japan had in 2011, because Australia sits atop a stable magnetic plate.

The FUNNY SiDE Of The QUAKE: Victorians were able to have a laugh after the state had a big shake, as seen on Twitter and Facebook on Tuesday night (19 June 2012)…

"2012 Melbourne Earthquake.. We Will Rebuild"
“2012 Melbourne Earthquake.. We Will Rebuild”

The laughs continued when my friend Dom B posted a call out to help the Bogan capital of Victoria, Moe, with the following post on Facebook… 

MOE EARTHQUAKE DiSASTER APPEAL… dig deep people!.. An earthquake measuring 5.2 on the Richter scale hit Moe at 9pm Tuesday evening, with its epicentre in Haigh Street. The earthquake decimated the area causing approximately $30.00 worth of damage. Victims were seen wandering around aimlessly, muttering “Faaackinell”. Three areas of historic burnt out cars were disturbed. Many locals were woken well before their centre link cheques arrived. The Moe local paper has reported that hundreds of residents were confused and bewildered and were still trying to come to terms with the fact that something interesting had happened in Moe. One resident – Tracy Sharon Smith, a 15-year-old mother of 5 said “It was such a shock, my little Chardonnay-Mercedes came running into lounge room crying. My youngest two, Kevin and Jason slept through it all.” Apparently looting, muggings and car crime were unaffected and carried on as normal. The Australian Red Cross has so far managed to ship 4,000 crates of Bacardi-Breezers to the area to help the stricken locals. Rescue workers are still searching through the rubble and have found large quantities of personal belongings, including Health Care Cards, also Jewellery and Bone China from Big W.
HOW CAN YOU HELP?.. This appeal is to raise money for food and clothing parcels for those unfortunate enough to be caught up in this disaster. Clothing is most sought after – items most needed include: Moccasins, Hoodies, baseball caps, flannel shirts, tracksuits, singlets (blue & white) white sport socks, Reebok boots, and any other items usually sold at Dimmy’s or The $2 Shop. Food parcels may be harder to come by, but are needed all the same. Required foodstuffs urgently needed include: Microwave meals, Baked beans, Ice cream, Chips, Soft Drinks. Donations of $15.00 will be taken to buy a packet of Winny Blue 25s and a lighter to calm the nerves of those affected….you gotta laugh!

Chris Lilley best known for his television creations, We Can Be Heroes: Finding The Australian of the YearSummer Heights High, and Angry Boys, posted a photo of the quake damage at his house on his Twitter

Chris Lilley posted a photo on Twitter "My Melbourne earthquake aftermath"
Chris Lilley posted a photo on Twitter “My Melbourne earthquake aftermath”

Cat Steven in Earthquake Melbourne June 2012

Tabby Cat Steven playing guitar Moe Melbourne earthquake 2012 cute cats video photo 6 string acoustic
Tabby Cat Steven playing guitar during the Moe Melbourne Earthquake of 2012

::NEWS::UPDATE:: MORE EARTHQUAKES SHAKE ViCTORiA 

Friday 20th July 2012

Victoria was been shaken by a 4.3 magnitude earthquake at 7.11pm on Friday the 20th of July 2012, one month after a 5.4 magnitude quake rattled Gippsland. Geoscience Australia said the Moe earthquake would’ve been felt up to 50km from the epicentre. The previous aftershocks in the last two weeks were of 2.2 and 2.7 magnitude.

Monday 13th January 2014

EARTHQUAKE SHAKES MELBOURNE  ~ Monday 13th January 2014

Read more about ‘Another Earthquake Shakes Victoria’ at the Herald Sun 

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