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Earthquake rattles eastern suburbs

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Stephen Cauchi

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.

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