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Quake didn’t rock it

By Riverine Herald

TWO small earthquakes about 40km north-west of Echuca did not rock anyone’s world early yesterday.

The first earthquake, which measured 1.7 on the Richter scale, occurred near Pyramid Hill at 1.39am.

This was followed by a 2.0 magnitude quake at 5.43am.

Geoscience Australia duty seismologist Tanja Pejic said the earthquakes had very little effect as there were no reports about it or damage.

‘‘It didn’t alert anyone,’’ she said.

‘‘They were small earthquakes so there was nothing to worry about.’’

Ms Pejic said the region had experienced 327 earthquakes within a 100km radius of Echuca since 1955, the largest being a 4.2 magnitude quake in April, 1986.

The last one was a 2.1 magnitude quake south of Caldwell on January 7 this year.

Ms Pejic said yesterday’s tremors were likely to be intra-continental earthquakes.

‘‘These types of earthquakes are very frequent all over the continent because we’re in the middle of tectonic plates and there are stresses from the pushing and pulling,’’ she said.

According to Miller’s Agricultural Supplies and Pyramid Hill Post Office, no tremors were felt.