It seems our earthquake became world wide news. It was around 9.15am here and I was loading the dishwasher. R who was sitting in a lounge chair said something and I couldn't hear him above what I thought was a very loud truck or helichopper. Impolitely I said "what?", and he asked in a panicked voice, what's happening?
Our sherry decanter is Waterford crystal, bought in the early 80s duty free in Christchurch, New Zealand. The glass port decanter cost much less and doesn't seem to have flat base. The port decanter rattled away on top of the glass topped drinks trolley and then I realised it was an earthquake. R thought he was having a heart attack, and others did too. Sister said it made her feel quite sick.
Official earthquake advice tells us to get under a table or desk. There wasn't really time. It was seconds of quaking not minutes. And with a glass desk and dining table, we need to think of alternatives to those, lest we be sliced in half by broken glass.
Meanwhile it was a shocking day in Melbourne with a few construction workers protesting, along with far right folk, neo nazis, anti vaxxers and anti lockdowners. It was nasty. Rubber bullets were fired. Ex Sis in Law called to tell us to stay inside as the protestors were close to us just five minutes walk away. I had taken my afternoon walk and stopped not within sight of the protest site of The Shrine for coffee and I wasn't far away at all and I could hear the hovering tv news chopper.
About 10 o'clock Sister called to find out if we felt the earth move. She had just called Mother to check on her and Mother just thought it was a loud vehicle passing by. We joked that the quake was in sync with Mother's shaking and that is why she didn't notice.
A Victorian period building not too far away suffered falling brickwork but otherwise damage was very minor. I checked an app to see if trams were disrupted in Chapel Street and they were. The street is closed. I then checked Twitter to see what Yarra Trams had posted and I came across a Tweet I found amusing, cleverly connecting the riotous protest and the quake. It is slightly rephrased by me.
Protesters at 9am: Today we're gonna shake up this city.
Mother Earth at 9.15: Hold my beer.