First the Haarp cloud in china-
TO the untrained eye, it could have been the first signal of the end of the world as nuclear war broke out.
But the giant mushroom cloud spotted in the skies over the Chinese capital last week was simply a brilliant showcase of the wonder of nature.
The huge cloud, which appeared on Thursday, gradually took the shape of an explosion from an atomic bomb.
But far from anything sinister, the phenomenon was thought to be completely harmless.
The formation took just over an hour and was followed by a further spectacle of lightning strikes.
And as well as pictures of the event, the cloud was also captured on a number of videos filmed by residents in the city.
Even the smallest of cumulonimbus clouds dwarf other cloud types, as the base of them can be several miles across.
And the giant formation in Beijing was no exception - with the huge anvil shape dominating .http://m.youtube.com/?client=mv-google&rdm=m5nf8k6y3#/watch?v=oVIzyUBJeQ8
Followed very shortly by Australia (Victoria's earthquake)
A magnitude-5.3 earthquake has shaken a large area of Victoria this evening.
It hit about 9:00pm (AEST), with the epicentre near Moe in west Gippsland, about 120 kilometres south-east of Melbourne.
Geoscience Australia says the 5.3 quake had a depth of about 10km and rumbled through Melbourne and communities including Bendigo, Ballarat, Geelong and Shepparton.
People have reported hearing a roaring noise, with reports of cracks occurring in the walls and floors of homes.
Victoria Police say they have received a number of calls in relation to the tremor.
They say they have not received any reports of major damage.
The Victorian State Emergency Service (SES) says they have received 40 requests for assistance in the broader Gippsland area and parts of Melbourne, but no reports of significant damage.
The SES's Lachlan Quick says most of the request of assistance have come from areas near the epicentre.
"Most of those look like minor house damage. Cracked walls, cracked ceilings, I believe I've had one garage collapse," he said.
"We've also had some incidences of gas leaks which are a bit of a concern and we've urged people on those situations to vacate the premises until those situations have been rectified," he said.
Emergency services say one man has been injured after the man fell off a ladder at the time of the quake.
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Seismologist David Jepsen says there have been some aftershocks of around magnitude 3.5 near the epicentre.
He says the initial quake was close to the earth's surface.
"[It was a] shallow earthquake. That's why people felt it so strongly," he said.
"You do get the rolling because you get the surface waves that get generated that people can feel quite strongly."
We have spoken to people in Moe and there are reports of things like supermarket shelves falling down and things coming off supermarket shelves.
I spoke to the people in the Moe pub and they said glasses and bottles had come down. There was a pool competition going on there, and a woman I spoke to said she thought that the pool players may have thought they had been going at it a bit long. But there have been no injuries reported so far.
There was one incident - we spoke to the ambulance service - someone was unlucky enough to be on a ladder at the time of the earthquake and they fell off.
Coincidence? Maybe.. What you think.?