News Melbourne residents woken by 3.8 magnitude earthquake

Published:1 June 2023

More than 20,000 people in Sunbury, Victoria have reported feeling a magnitude 3.8 earthquake late last night.

Geoscience Australia’s National Earthquake Alerts Centre recorded the earthquake at 11.41pm local time. As at 1.30am, 20,732 felt reports have been made by the community via the Earthquakes@GA website.

Most of the reports are centred around Melbourne, but there are some as far north as Bendigo and as far south as Hobart.

In the last five years, four other earthquakes of magnitude three or greater have been recorded in Victoria, including a 5.9 magnitude north of Rawson in 2021 which caused some localised damage.

Felt reports provide situational awareness to Australian emergency management agencies. They also inform Geoscience Australia’s hazard modelling, which helps keep Australians safer. The latest felt report figures and earthquake updates are available on the Earthquakes@GA website.

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**This earthquake was subsequently upgraded to 4.0 on Tuesday, 30 May 2023**