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No injuries reported after earthquake

Published 20/06/2012

The Victoria State Emergency Service (SES) has received 30 Requests for Assistance following last night’s earthquake.

A magnitude 5.3 earthquake was recorded at 8.53pm last night 15 kilometres south west of Moe and 10km south of Trafalgar. Geoscience Australia estimates the earthquake occurred within 10km of the surface and was felt up to 250km away.

Over 60 aftershocks had been recorded in the originating area as of 7.30am this morning. More tremors are expected today and may continue for weeks.

The Triple-zero (000) and 132 500 emergency lines received 850 calls within an hour of the earthquake. At one point, 420 calls were made in just 15 minutes.

SES has received 30 Requests for Assistance related to building damage as of 8am this morning – 19 in Gippsland and the rest in the eastern metropolitan area.

There have been no reports of significant damage or injuries. Relevant authorities continue to assess critical infrastructure such as roads, rail, dams and power.

The SES advises people in affected areas to ensure their properties are safe.

For more information on what you should do in an earthquake, visit our QuakeSafe page.

Keep advised of the current situation on our Warnings page.

For earthquake emergency assistance from the SES, call 132 500.

For life-threatening emergencies, call Triple-zero (000).