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Victoria NOT about to erupt

Posted by: 3AW Radio | 5 July, 2011 - 11:38 AM

WEDNESDAY: A leading vulcanologist says there's no need to fear the states volcanic region will erupt after yesterday's earthquake near Korumburra.

The University of Melbourne has identified scores of small volcanoes in the state's west which erupt every 2,000 years, and are overdue.

But Professor Bernie Joyce says volcanoes normally react independently of earth tremors.

TUESDAY: People in Melbourne and surrounds felt an earth tremor shortly after 11:30am on Tuesday.

The epicentre of the tremor was believed to be in Korumburra and the magnitude was 4.4.

Professor Ian Cartwright from Monash University's school of geoscience has told Neil Mitchell that quakes in Victoria are likely to be centered on fault lines in the Gippsland area.

A smaller aftershock measuring 3.0 on the richter scale struck about 12:37pm.

There have been no reports of any damage or injury.

Let us know if you felt the tremor, where you are and how bad it was below.

Meanwhile, a 6.5 magnitude earthquake has been felt across much of New Zealand.

No major damage is expected.

3AW Twitter Followers:

SamanthaC_92 @3AW693 I thought so!!! I was thinking the wind couldn't be THAT strong..

@degan1970 @RossAndJohn @3AW693 Sure did, was a good old rumble in Kew #Melbourneshakes

@gohsuket メルボルンで地震か RT @3AW693: QUAKING NEWS: Yep, tweets, calls and reports that Melbourne just experienced an earth tremor #MelbourneShaking

@zakkkka @3AW693 sitting at docklands ch7 building.our office started shaking,pictures on the walls shaking.was very surreal!

@MsClaireBella @3AW693 Strong enough on Bourke St CBD to spill a glass of water sitting on my desk on the 9th floor of 30. #MelbourneShaking

@arfee1 @3AW693 sorry Guys. I've just received confirmation that this was @The_HE_man jack-hammering in Eastern suburbs

@LadyWriterMelb @RossAndJohn @3AW693 Felt it in the outer east, in Croydon. My glass kitchen table was shaking! My cat was relatively unimpressed


*The epicentre was just outside of Korumburra*



PLAY: Neil Mitchell speaks to an expert about the tremor


Wild weather still to come for state

Melbourne CBD on a windy day UPDATE: The State Emergency Service is warning strong winds could last until the weekend in some areas. Gippsland and Ballarat have so far been the worst hit with gusts of up to 160 kilometres an hour. Click on the image on the right for more.


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Blog comments Your Say

  • Live in Benalla Vic feft it here, weird feeling

    Leanne Hind Tuesday 19 June, 2012 - 9:27 PM
  • I live in Kilmore and we just had things falling off shelves, didnt know what was happening!!!

    Caroline Tuesday 19 June, 2012 - 9:18 PM
  • 9.00pm tuesday evening
    earth tremor lasted 2 mins

    whole house was shaking

    kevin matthews Tuesday 19 June, 2012 - 9:11 PM
  • That leading vulcanologist says there's no need to fear so what happends over the next 30 years. Korumburra is just down the road from a very big desalination plant

    col Wednesday 6 July, 2011 - 3:33 PM
  • another tremor at approx 7.15pm tues night in poowong, approx 20kms from korumburra (3.7 supposedly). Another big enough rumble. Hopefully that's all for the night, week, month, year...

    fiona Tuesday 5 July, 2011 - 9:26 PM
  • I work for Frankston Councl and was in Langwarrn at th time and felt the earth quake , the huse i was in shook slightly . my brther lives in kurrumburra , the was one there not long ago dose tha meen there will be something a bit stronger in the future

    valerie maude Tuesday 5 July, 2011 - 8:10 PM

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