‘My god, I’m having a heart attack’: Victorian quake felt hundreds of kilometres away

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New South Wales Riverina residents say they felt an earthquake that rocked Victoria this morning from hundreds of kilometres away.

The epicentre of the 5.8 magnitude earthquake was in Mansfield.

Wagga Base Hospital was one of the many facilities and workplaces to send people into the street, but confirmed no patients had to be evacuated.

Some hospital services were briefly paused while the situation was assessed, but there have been no reports of damage to the facility at this stage.

Wagga Wagga resident Tom O’Halloran was in his sixth-floor home and said the whole building swayed.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said.

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Wagga Wagga resident Tom O’Halloran said he had never seen anything like it.(

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Retail assistant Gina Henderson said she was standing in the shop on Wagga Wagga’s main street when the clothes racks began to shift around her.

“I was literally standing here and everything started moving — the racks, everything,” she said.

She said the earthquake was “quite violent” and customers went outside before it was over.

“Everybody in the store did the right thing,” she said.

A woman in brown jacket standing in front of clothes on a rack.
Gina Henderson said the racks in the Wagga Wagga clothes shop she was working in were moving.(

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Horses spooked

Albury thoroughbred retrainer Shanae Bohr was out walking one of her horses when the tremor hit.

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Shanae Bohr was riding her horse Allan at Albury when the earthquake struck.(

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“He reared up and whipped around and was really naughty, and then I noticed the other horses started running around and cantering in their paddocks,” she said.

“I popped him in the tie-ups and then the sheds at the stables actually started shaking.

Ms Bohr said it took about 10 minutes to get the horse she was with settled.

“I then saddled him up and rode him and he calmed down a lot more, but he was very shaky and on obviously on edge a bit,” she said.

“I’d always heard they can kind of sense things are going to happen and they definitely picked up on it.

“He’s good now — he’s had his feed, he’s out in the paddock and nice and calm, so he’s survived it.”

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