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Small Earthquake Shakes Adelaide Awake

Geoscience Australia has confirmed a 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred east of Adelaide.

Adelaide residents had a sudden awakening in the early hours of Thursday morning, with reports quickly spreading of an earthquake sending shudders through the city and surrounding areas.

Geoscience Australia has confirmed that a 3.7 magnitude earthquake occurred at Murray Bridge, a town 70 kilometres east of Adelaide, at 12.08am.

While fairly low on the Richter scale, the earthquake was shallow, at a depth of only 8 kilometres.

It was enough to rattle windows, shake homes and wake locals from their beds.

Independent earthquake monitor EMSC also confirmed the existence of seismic activity in the region, but noted that it was of too small a magnitude for accurate readings using global detection methods.

Independent earthquake monitor EMSC also confirmed the existence of seismic activity in the region, but noted that it was of too small a magnitude for accurate readings using global detection methods.

The tremors are not an entirely new experience for Adelaide residents. In 2010 and 2011 the city experienced two earthquakes, measuring 3.4 and 3.8 in magnitude.

But the last truly destructive quake was more than 60 years ago. On 1 March 1954, a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck in the middle of the night, causing millions of dollars in damage.

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