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Earth tremors shake Victoria

"IT WAS like someone picked up the house and shook it."

That's how Victoria's Helen Morrison described the moment Tuesday night's earthquake hit the Gippsland region.

The Moe mum and her family were at the epicentre of the 5.3magnitude quake which rocked regional Victoria for about 20-30 seconds, just before 9pm.

On Wednesday, she still couldn't believe what had happened.

"It is very hard to describe what it sounded like - some would say like a freight train coming through the house, but, honestly, it was like someone picked up the house and shook it backwards and forwards," Mr Morrison said

"There were things falling off the walls and shelves.

"It was very scary - I was shaking for a long time afterwards".

Ms Morrison's home escaped structural damage but local businesses, including the Moe Woolworths, have been closed until further notice.

While Moe copped the most severe tremors, the earthquake was felt throughout regional Victoria.

In the coastal town of Inverloch, about 68kms south west of Moe, Ms Morrison's sister Christina had to convince two of her young children there was no "monster" under their beds.

Ms Burns was home with her husband and four children when the entire home "started wobbling".

She said while the earthquake was "not as loud" as some in other areas had described, it was "definitely the biggest" tremor she had ever felt.

When her teenage nephew Joshua Burns first saw the desk chair in his room starting to shake in the South Gippsland town of Traralgon, he thought his larrikin dad was "playing a prank".

" (Then), I could hear a deep rumbling going through the house so I got up and ran down the hallway and could see the walls shaking," Joshua said

"Mum and dad were already in the lounge room so I met them there.

"Then we all went out in the front yard and all our neighbours were out in the street.

"Afterwards I felt a bit sick but not too bad, although I did have trouble sleeping."

The earthquake was the biggest to hit Victoria in more than a century and the third to rock regional Australia in the past month.

Seismologists have warned of aftershocks for at least the next two weeks.

Topics:  earthquake, victoria




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