MANY Canberra residents were woken early this morning by an earthquake. About 5.09am, the tremor hit an area between Tumut and Canberra, recording a magnitude of 3.7. It reached homes up to 46km away, in particular Canberra’s west and south.
“I heard a low humming sound first that just got louder and louder and then the ground began vibrating,” reporter Freyla Ferguson said.
“At first I thought earthquake, but then I thought ‘We don’t get earthquakes in Canberra, maybe it was just a low flying air craft’. It wasn’t until I was reading the news online that I realised what I had felt was a mini earthquake.”
Reporter Libby Hill said she was awoken by her bedside lamps shaking.
“I instantly thought earthquake and jumped on Twitter to find out if anyone else had felt the it,” she said.
“And by that stage the Tweets had already started.”
It’s reported that the biggest tremor that hit the Canberra region measured a magnitude of 4.2 in February 1998.
For more information on the mini earth quake visit the Geoscience Australia website here.
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