Earthquake rattles eastern suburbs
A minor earthquake has struck Melbourne, with its epicentre at the outer eastern suburb of Narre Warren.
A spokeswoman for Geoscience Australia confirmed the ‘‘quite small’’ quake, which measured 1.8 on the Richter scale, struck at 12.29pm.
There was a very small aftershock, which was not able to be measured, ten minutes later.
The spokeswoman said the quake hit at the same location as a 1973 quake that measured 2.6 on the Richter scale.
Geoscience Australia had had six calls about the quake, she said.
A number of residents have phoned Melbourne media outlets to report that they felt a tremor. Some of them, including residents from the Dandenong Ranges, lived a fair distance from the apparent epicentre.