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Earthquake near Wee Jasper with shocks reportedly felt in Canberra suburbs

A 3.2 magnitude earthquake was recorded to the north west of Canberra on Wednesday afternoon.

According Geoscience Australia, the quake occurred near Wee Jasper about 4pm and caused houses in Yass to rattle and shake.

The earthquake was near Wee Jasper
The earthquake was near Wee Jasper Photo: Geoscience Australia

Geoscience Australia seismologist Emma Mathews said the earthquake was reported by more than 90 people, some as far away as Queanbeyan.

"Someone in Dunlop heard a large bang then a rumble and then their chair shook," she said. "In Chifley they said it sounded like deep thunder while in Monash they heard a slight rumble."

Ms Mathews said she felt the quake herself but dismissed it as a low flying plane before feeling vibration in her desk.

"It's not uncommon to have earthquakes in the Canberra area and we had a larger one close to Wee Jasper in 2012 – it's an active area," she said.

"This was a minor earthquake although it was close to populated areas and that is why it was felt throughout Canberra.

"More recently we have had some activity in Bredbo there was an earthquake in the Namadgi National Park not long ago too."

Ms Mathews said a 2.2 magnitude aftershock was recorded shortly after the earthquake.