Victorian residents shaken by magnitude 3.1 earthquake


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Seismograph reading of the
Geelong earthquake.

Residents around the southern Victorian city of Geelong were woken by a magnitude 3.1 earthquake at 2.41 this morning.

The epicentre of the quake was located about five kilometres east of Geelong.

Geoscience Australia received more than 60 reports from residents who felt the earthquake as far away as Werribee, almost 40 kilometres from the epicentre.

Senior seismologist, Dr Spiro Spiliopoulos, said that although the earthquake would have been felt by residents in a wide radius, it was unlikely an earthquake of this magnitude would cause any structural damage.

"It's normally not until you get higher magnitudes that you start to experience damage," Dr Spiliopoulos said.

A magnitude 3.0 earthquake also occurred near Geelong in 2010. The largest recorded in the region in the past 50 years was a magnitude 4.7 in 1977.

If you felt the earthquake you can register your experience at 'Felt an earthquake?'.