IT happened like this: Myself, my boyfriend and one of my journo friends were watching Packed to the Rafters.
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Suddenly, the ground rumbled and my friend, Justine, said: “I think there’s been an earthquake!’’ Melbourne imploded.

Of course, we weren’t in Melbourne – we were in my lounge room.

But we felt the shockwaves through the barrage of tweets and posts coming to us.

J-Mac had jumped on Twitter to read something I’d shared earlier, and it was there she saw the first tweet coming from people in the aftermath of a 30-second earthquake.

Within the first few moments, there were the expletives, the disbelief – “WAS THAT JUST AN EARTHQUAKE?! #Melbourne.”

My boyfriend, Matt, lay there and listened as Justine and I read out choice tweets, celebrities and friends alike sharing where they were when the 2012 Melbourne Earthquake struck.

Within 10 minutes came the jokes.

One man tweeted, “Earthquake causes $8-million of improvements to Frankston.’’

People posted pictures of Melbourne’s perfectly unharmed

Federation Square with witty comments alluding that the earthquake had caused it to look the way it does.

Others uploaded pictures of upended outdoor furniture with the tag line: ‘‘Melbourne Earthquake – we WILL rebuild!’’

Within 20 minutes were the jokes and one-liners about the amount of information online.

One man wrote, “At first sign of an earthquake seek shelter under a door frame – but only after you tweet about it.’’

It summed up the attitude well.

Meanwhile, on Facebook, Wimmera people were getting into the act. Several Wimmera people tweeted their disgruntlement with having NOT experienced the quaking earth under their feet.

Groups popped up in seconds, such as ‘‘I survived the 2012 Melbourne Earthquake.’’

A lone voice, my friend Jadon’s, tried to tell people that it should be the GIPPSLAND earthquake.

No-one really listened.

The same pictures were being shared, the same jokes.

Within an hour, the excitement was dying off. The jokes were old, the comments old, there were more exciting things happening on Twitter, Facebook, in real life.

The earth had stilled.

Where were you when the earthquake struck?

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