Friday night is shopping night. It is also an opportunity to call upon my mother-in- law and check upon her status and wellbeing. However, being tired from a busy week at school, we decided to come home early after getting our groceries.
This gave me a chance to logon to twitter and see if any interesting snippets of information were being divulged. (I have neglected twitter of late). A tweet by Clare @craff2008 caught my eye, saying she had experienced earth tremours, amounting to an earthquake. So, I immediately responded.
Continuing on I read the preceeding pages only to find most of my online Melbourne twitter friends had experienced an earthquake. This was approximately 9:05pm. By 9:30pm, the radio 774 had broadcast the event and by 10:30pm pm the TV had a section on it. However, well before the broadcasts, my twitter friends had informed me of all sorts of information :-
- who had experienced it, where and how!
- the size of the earthquake
- The tweet updates to @774melbourne came from everywhere.
- The location of the epicentre in Gippsland on google earth, tagged with a pin.
ldumicich http://bit.ly/reqq5 Herald Sun has article on earthquake
My good friend Julie Lindsay, from Victoria, now teaching in Qatar but presenting in Londonat a conference, was following it all from London.
@julielindsay Reading tweets from people in Melbourne, Oz….are you OK after earth tremor
Soon, a tweet appeared informing us of a volcano erutpion in Indonesia and next my friend @Durff told us of an earthquake in Greenland of 6.6 in severity. Within a month, Victoria has experienced bushfires, galeforce winds, financial difficulties and an earthquake. It was time for me to go to bed!!
Some profound tweets came through re the power of twitter and social networking and they speak for themselves:-
elearningnews They earth just moved for me! Earthquakes in Melbourne?
michele_berner earth tremor quite strong – south east suburbs
mysterbey Bushfires, earthquakes, what next? Krakens?
SueJ1@taniasheko Yes, tremor went through here too .. 25+ tweets from Melbournites in twitter search. 🙂
bookjewel Looking for news on earthquake/tremor in Melbourne
pamelaj Yes Tania. I’m in Upwey and was talking to my brother in Croyden and he felt it too
suz01 just shook my glassware up, no danger at all. funny though, they are so rare here I didnt even think of moving into a doorway….
bookjewel I’ve experienced a few and that was the worst yet! My whole house shook for what seemed like ages
helenotway Yes the earth did move…. I thought it was my dog under the bed! My girls thought it was dodgy building works at home!
ldmicich Man that was a bit scary earth tremor
hbailie@taniasheko Did you notice the earth tremor? I didn’t!
Lilylauren 3AW saying power is out in a few suburbs
edubeacon The central heating hasn’t exploded – it was an earth tremour. Quite strong
fatticus 96 km (59 miles) SE (137°) from Melbourne, Australia — USGS #melbourneearthquake
ldumicichRT @abcnews Volcano erupts in Indonesia: Interesting!
geekscape(uɐɥıuʎoɯʞɹɐɯ@ ɹoɟ ʇdǝɔxǝ) ǝuop ǝƃɐɯɐp ou ‘xɐlǝɹ #mebourneearthquake12 minutes ago from web
taniasheko@hbailie yes, I was sitting on the couch and I was moving a little for about 5 or 6 seconds. The bookshelf behind me was creaking.
hbailie@taniasheko Neither of us noticed a thing here. My couch must have good suspension!
taniasheko10.27 pm first time channel 7 reported Melbourne earthquake!