So I was lying in bed watching reruns of The Big Bang Theory on Channel 9 last night when my bed started to shake uncontrollably. I was pretty sure I wasn’t doing anything untoward to myself (LOL) so there was no explainable reason for the bed to be shaking so much.
Then it came to me. Could it be an earthquake?
I knew Googling whether Melbourne was having an earthquake when it was STILL happening wasn’t going help so I logged onto Twitter and the first tweet that caught my eye was from @wombat1974 and I knew that I’m in the midst of my first earthquake!
— Andrew Callaghan (@wombat1974) June 19, 2012
It’s not very often that we get earthquakes in Singapore so this was my virgin quake. The tremors lasted for about 20 seconds and I quickly checked with Roy and Amber to make sure everything was okay before going back on Twitter and it exploded with tweets about the earthquake and before long, #earthquake was one of the top trending hashtags.
I went on Facebook and lord behold, everyone from Melbourne is updating their status on Facebook about the earthquake. It was nuts.
News reports started to come in about 30 minutes later and it turns out that the epicentre of the quake was in Moe, about 120 kilometres away from Melbourne and 150 kilometres away where I was in Craigieburn. It was just amusing to me that everyone was posting on Twitter and Facebook and my first instinct was to go straight to social media sites because they’re literally crowd sourced news updates.
Fortunately, everyone was safe and there was no injuries reported on the news. I got these two pictures from a news site that was taken in a Woolworths in Moe.