Melbourne rattled by pre-midnight earthquake

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Parts of Melbourne have been rattled by a short, but relatively powerful earth tremor.

Geoscience Australia reported a magnitude 3.8 quake near Sunbury on Melbourne’s north-west fringe, at an estimated depth of three kilometres.

The quake struck at around 11.35pm on Sunday.

Residents across wide parts of the city reported feeling the quake, or being woken by the tremor.

The earthquake follows a magnitude 2.5 seismic event near Ferntree Gully, 30 kilometres south-east of Melbourne’s CBD, on May 16.

The Seismology Research Centre in Melbourne said it was possible there could be minor damage, due to the quake being so shallow.

“It woke me up, got me out of bed,” said seismologist Adam Pascale in a late-night live Tweet.

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