2012 Gippsland earthquake

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2012 Gippsland earthquake
2012 Gippsland earthquake is located in Australia
2012 Gippsland earthquake
Date 19 June 2012 (2012-06-19)
Origin time 10:53:29 UTC
20:53:29 AEST
Magnitude 5.4 ML
Depth 9.9 km (6 mi)
Epicenter 38°18′14″S 146°12′00″E / 38.304°S 146.200°E / -38.304; 146.200Coordinates: 38°18′14″S 146°12′00″E / 38.304°S 146.200°E / -38.304; 146.200
Areas affected Australia
Max. intensity V (Moderate)
Aftershocks >60
Casualties 0

A magnitude 5.4 earthquake struck Gippsland near Moe at 8.55 pm on 19 June 2012, at a shallow depth of 9.9 km.[1] It was the strongest recorded in Victoria in at least three decades,[2][3] with some sources suggesting it was the strongest in over a century.[4][5] It was felt across much of Victoria and parts of New South Wales, with strong shaking reported across the state capital, Melbourne. Some minor building damage was reported in the Latrobe Valley close to the epicentre, and in the eastern suburbs of Melbourne. Around 30 requests for help were made to the SES, mainly due to cracked walls and ceilings,[6] and a number of local businesses lost some stock.[7] Approximately 60 aftershocks were recorded the following day, but most of these were not felt.[8]

A magnitude 4.5 aftershock occurred in the same area at 7.11 pm on 20 July 2012 at a similar depth. This tremor was felt across south Gippsland, as well as Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.[9] This aftershock is the strongest so far of over 200 that have occurred since the initial quake.[10]

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  1. ^ "M5.2 – 10km SW of Moe, Australia". U.S. Geological Survey. 19 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "Scientists investigate Victorian earthquake". Geoscience Australia. 21 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Michael, Erin (20 June 2012). "Largest earthquake in three decades rocks Victoria". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  4. ^ Paredes, Arlene (20 June 2012). "Melbourne Earthquake: Large and Shallow, Biggest in Victoria in over 100 Years". International Business Times. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  5. ^ Turnbull, Jeff; Nolan, Kellee (19 June 2012). "Biggest quake in a century rocks Victoria". The Sydney Morning Herald. Australian Associated Press. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "No injuries reported after earthquake". Victoria State Emergency Service. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  7. ^ "Shop owners inspect damage from Vic quake". ninemsn. Australian Associated Press. 20 June 2012. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  8. ^ Hernandez, Vittorio (21 June 2012). "Melbourne Earthquake Causes Superficial Damage to Victoria Buildings". International Business Times. Retrieved 26 June 2012. 
  9. ^ https://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/eventpage/usb000bbhi#summary
  10. ^ http://news.ninemsn.com.au/national/8502657/earthquake-reportedly-shakes-melbourne

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