‘Boom and earthquake’ as incredible spectacle streaks over Melbourne

Melbourne residents captured video of the phenomenon around midnight Monday.

Melbourne residents captured video of the phenomenon around midnight Monday. Photo: Twitter

Melbourne residents heard a loud boom and felt an “aftershock” around the time an amazing phenomenon was seen streaking across the sky on Monday night.

The mysterious spectacle has been variously described by those who saw it as a meteor, comet or space junk.

Melburnians turned their phone cameras to the heavens around midnight to film the fire ball as it zoomed over city rooftops.

“I felt and heard this. Immediately thought ANOTHER earthquake or sound barrier breaking,” wrote Nick Horton on X, formerly known as Twitter.

The internet was awash with stunning videos as social media went into a frenzy and witnesses shared their awe.

Geoscience Australia confirmed it had received multiple “felt reports” from Melbourne around 12:00am (AEST).

“We identified seismic signals near north-west Melbourne, but with insufficient data for publication to the EQ@GA website.”

“Um excuse me, I just saw a meteor? I was literally just going to get a Biscoff shake and saw the coolest thing I’ve ever seen,” wrote one social media user.

Stewart Mason posted to X that he had seen an “amazing sight over Richmond. I don’t know if #Meteor #Comet or #SpaceJunk #Melbourne”.

Many more who felt the ground move questioned if Melbourne was experiencing yet another earthquake.

“The old ‘did a massive possum just jump onto my roof or was it an earthquake’ trick (turns out it was the sonic boom from a meteor??!)…. Never a dull moment,” posted one resident.

Wrote another: “Was there another goddamn earthquake in Melbourne or did I just imagine that.”

Exploring Melbourne posted: “What an amazing sight over Melbourne 💫 Space Junk or Meteor, it was spectacular to see it.”


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