Glenorchy residents had a shaky morning on Friday as a 3.5 magnitude earthquake was felt across the region at around 8am.
The earthquake was the largest on-shore quake recorded in Australia for more than eight years, since a 4.2 magnitude earthquake struck Moe in July 2012.
By late Friday morning there had been more than 150 reports of the earthquake and no damage or requests for assistance required.
The earthquake, which happened 11 kilometers deep, was felt in large parts of western Victoria with reports recorded in the Grampians, Wimmera-Mallee and in the Victorian Goldfields.
Glenorchy residents and post office workers Joan Vines and Jenni Barber both felt the tremors on Friday morning and were worried something serious may have happened.
"I actually saw the shaking as well as feeling it, and a few things also fell off the shelf," said Ms Vines.
"My clock fell off and fell so hard the batteries were knock out.
"The clock was stuck at two minutes past eight, so that's how I know what time it happened."
Ms Vines also said all of her morning customers had felt the tremor, except for one.
"Everyone is very excited, probably because nothing was damaged," she said
"You can walk around and talk about it with a smile on your face, but if something was damaged then it would be a different story."
Ms Barber said she initially thought the noise was from a big tree falling down.
"When I heard it I thought a tree had fallen down and then I also thought it could be from the mines," she said.
"Then I was worried because if it was then it would have been a major accident
"Our bed was shaking and the whole house shaking too. It was crazy."
Another Glenorchy resident, Cody Friend said she was in bed before the earthquake abruptly woke her.
"I thought it was the wind at first and then the windows were shaking," she said.
"I thought they were going to smash.
"I think it lasted about 10-15 seconds, it felt quick, but it could've been a bit longer."
Ms Friend also said she had received many calls as friends and family from nearby towns who also felt the tremors.
The earthquake was also the largest since a 4.0 magnitude quake in the southern Grampians in 2011.
In a social media post The Stawell Gold Mines confirmed all their underground staff were accounted for and were safe.
Victorian SES Regional Agency Commander Andrew Murton said their service received many reports of the incident, but no damage occurred.
"This 3.5 magnitude earthquake has been felt across a fairly wide area, from Horsham to Ararat, around the Victorian goldfields, as well as the Wimmera-Mallee and Grampians. Thankfully we have not had to respond to any calls for assistance," he said.
"The bulk of reports, according to Geoscience Australia, have been in Stawell, where we saw 75, and Ararat, where there were 32 reports."
"Earthquakes like this can happen anywhere in Australia and they can happen due to the gradual increase in stress in the Earth's crust and this can be transmitted from great distances, from even New Zealand and Papa New Guinea," he said.
"This pressure slowly builds up, and when the stress exceeds the strength, the fault will rupture and this can cause and earthquake.
"Mining can possibly cause an earthquake because as they dig out mines, this can result in changes in stress levels which can trigger earthquakes.
"But its just as likely that this just occurred due to a natural build up in stress."
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