JOAN Fletcher's Nullawarre home is more than 380 kilometres from Moe where a magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook the Gippsland region on Tuesday night, but the 87-year-old says she felt a large aftershock.
"It was quite a scary experience," she said. "It was like a giant hand was shaking part of the house for several seconds."
Mrs Fletcher said she was woken at 4am by the shaking.
"It was so strong," she said.
"We've had booming sounds before from the mining exploration along the coast, but this was much different."
Mrs Fletcher was born 18 years after the July 1903 earthquake which hit Warrnambool.
It was also rated at magnitude 5.3 and up until this week had been the largest in Victoria's recorded history.
The Warrnambool quake legacy can still be seen in cracked headstones and monuments at the city's cemetery.