Not Much Damage
A strong earth tremor shook most of the metropolitan area shortly before 4.30 o'clock this morning and although no serious damage has been reported con- siderable alarm was caused.
The tremor was accompanied by a deep rumbling sound described as re- sembling a distant explosion. Some people thought it was a strong gust of wind when their houses trembled, windows were cracked and small pieces of plaster fell from the ceil- ings.
The tremor was particularly severe in the Frankston district, where a number of minor disturbances con- tinued until nearly 7 a.m. The main tremor in Melbourne was followed by a gradually diminishing trembling movement for several minutes. In- struments at the observatory re- corded the earthquake shock but the centre of the disturbance has not yet been calculated. Reports have been received from as far north as Bendigo and Seymour that the tremor was felt.
Crockery was broken in several houses in Melbourne, while the wall of one resident's house was cracked along its entire length, the opening being about an inch wide.