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Shock quake

IT SOUNDED like thunder when a 3.5 magnitude earthquake rocked Gayndah and Mundubbera.

The tremor struck about 11km south of Gayndah at 6.17am this morning.

And people have reported feeling the earthquake as far away as Monogorilby, Binjour, Coalstoun Lakes and Eidsvold.

North Burnett Regional Council chief executive and disaster co-ordinator Mark Pitt said no damage had been reported.

"We are doing structural checks for key infrastructure," Mr Pitt said.

"It's precautionary. We don't expect to find any problems."

At Cooranga, south of Mundubbera, Roslyn Berthelsen heard two large bangs as her house shook with the tremor.

"It scared the living daylights out of me," she said.

"We have had them before here… but this is the loudest I have ever heard."

Susan Payne said she "felt and heard it at Monogorilby", 85km south-west of Mundubbera.

Gayndah local Belinda Ryan said she was outside when she heard a loud noise, thinking it was thunder or a passing truck.

"It started like thunder. It was really loud," she said.

Learne Sims, from Mundubbera, said, "I heard a low rumble and the house shook and the windows rattled".

The loud rumbling was also heard by Carol Meredith, of Binjour.

"And you could feel it under your feet," she said.

The Central and North Burnett has a history of seismic activity.

The National Earthquake Database lists 59 earthquake epicentres in the region. In 1935 an earthquake reported to have been between 5.5 and 6.1 magnitude struck near Gayndah, causing damage to Gayndah and Monto buildings. It was felt from Brisbane to Rockhampton.

Did you feel anything this morning?

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