Great Ocean Road Earthquake: Apollo Bay and Colac, Victoria, feel shakes

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A 5.0 Magnitude earthquake has left residents of a Victorian tourist hotspot shaken up.

The quake struck near Colac and Apollo Bay on the Great Ocean Road just after 2am on Sunday morning with people as far away as Melbourne feeling the tremors.

Over 5,000 “felt reports” have been submitted to Geoscience Australia by people across Victoria.

“Woke up here in Colac wondering what the loud bang was, then thought the shaking floor was that my husband probably fell over,” Hannah, a local resident wrote on Facebook.

“But nope … earthquake. It was intense!”

Other people living near the epicentre reported their houses violently shaking, with one woman saying she was worried her roof was going to cave in.

Geoscience Australia, a government agency carrying out geoscientific research, were urging anyone who felt the effects to submit a report online to assist their team of seismologists analysing the quake.

The initial quake in Colac was followed by a 3.6 magnitude aftershock in Apollo Bay just before 6am.

There have been reports of minor damage but no injuries, according to the Victoria State Emergency Service.

Local residents should be alert for further aftershocks.

If one occurs, you should drop to the ground and take cover under a sturdy item like a table until the shaking stops, the SES said.

Sunday morning’s tremor is the second in Victoria this month after residents in an area in the state’s east woke to a “loud rumble” on October 7.

A 5.9 magnitude quake, one of the biggest ever recorded in the state, destroyed several buildings in Melbourne in 2021.

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