Small quake shakes Merino

A magnitude 2.7 earthquake took place in Merino on Monday.
A magnitude 2.7 earthquake took place in Merino on Monday.

A small earthquake in Merino on Monday got people talking, but didn’t lead to any reports of damage.

Geoscience Australia seismologist Greg Brenn said the magnitude 2.7 earthquake took place at about 4.45pm.

“It’s relatively uncommon for earthquakes to occur in this region,” Mr Brenn said.

“Since 2000 there have only been 12 earthquakes within 100 kilometres of Merino.

“The last significant earthquake nearby took place down near Port Macdonnell near Mount Gambier in March this year. It had a magnitude of 3.1.”

Mr Brenn said the organisation received one report from someone who had felt the earthquake.

He said it was a very low magnitude event, and anything above magnitude three could feel like a truck passing your home, and you may hear rumbling sounds or see shaking trees.

The scientist said anyone who felt an earthquake should visit ga.gov.au to report it and find out more.