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‘Noisy’ earthquake shakes Victoria

Leongatha, Victoria.
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A magnitude-3.2 earthquake has struck Victoria’s south-east early on Tuesday morning, waking some residents.

Geoscience Australia said the quake struck near Leongatha at a depth of about 4km.

The earthquake was felt at about 5:40am.

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Gippsland resident Susan McAlpine said the quake was “moderately noisy” and shook household items.

The earthquake was reportedly felt as far as the beach-side suburb of Brighton in Melbourne’s east and Foster near Wilsons Promontory.

Emergency services said they had not received any reports of damage or injuries.

Geoscience Australia senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate said shaking associated with the tremor lasted about three seconds.

“Often there’s a very loud booming sound, or a bang that goes with it, so it can be quite startling for a few people and sounds like an explosion almost – but you get that short-duration shaking,” Mr Bathgate said.

Local resident Ruth said she felt the earthquake but thought it was a truck on the highway nearby.

“I was out checking cows that are calving and I thought a truck had hit a big pot hole,” she said.

“I heard this rattle, rattle, rattle and then it suddenly flashed through my mind, that might have been an earth tremor.”