March 6, 2009

Earthquake rattles Melbourne

Per the USGS, an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.7 shook southeastern Australia on Friday night at 8:55 p.m. local time.

@redmeades appeared to be the first to tweet about the quake.

@redmeades (Melbourne, Australia): um earthquake?

More than 800 "earthquake" tweets followed within 15 minutes.

Here were some other tweets in the initial moments:

@crakat (Melbourne, Australia): Hey did you feel that? The whole house shook from side to side! For about 3-5 seconds. Was it an earthquake or an explosion?

@davidcheah (Melbourne, Australia): Wow! Earthquake just hit us out at Croydon. Anyone else out there felt one!!!? Weird feeling, quite long and prolonged and strong too!

@patriciajrogers (Melbourne, Australia): Realising that the shaking and rattling must have been an earthquake. First the fires, now this. Can the locusts be far behind?

@johnkitchen (Brighton, Victoria, Australia): I seriously just felt an earthquake or something like it. In Melbourne? The whole house shook

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