World news – « Unreal »: earthquake rock mining town


The epicenter of the quake was recorded in Glenorchy, about 2 km northwest of Stawell, around 7:58 a.m. on Friday, according to Geoscience Australia.

« It just went on, it felt like it was right under the house and I went straight to wake up my son because I didn’t know what on earth it was. »

She said she drove down the main street of town and spoke to another resident whose bike had fallen off the roof of her trailer while her cousin in Bendigo couldn’t feel anything but that the dogs had « suddenly gone mad ».

« I thought at first that something was wrong in the mines. I hope they’re all okay down there. »

Did you feel the earth move in Victoria this morning? At 7.58 a.m. CEST we registered an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.6 in Stawell. If you felt the earthquake, you can fill out a felt report at

The city’s underground gold mine has been in operation for 30 years and has around 350 employees at its peak in the last decade.

Geoscience Australia’s chief seismologist Phil Cummins said the earthquake was felt about 100 km away, but not strong enough to cause structural damage.

« It’s possible that if you’re very, very close and things fall off the shelves on soft ground, you get cracked plaster of paris, but in general you need to get an earthquake of around 5.0, » he said.

« It could have been a rumble … in an earthquake this size, people often mistake it for a large truck passing by or a car that hits something. »


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