Rare M3.9 earthquake hits south of Sydney, Government urges calm

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A rare earthquake has rattled Sydney on January 3, 2016, but Australian government officials are urging locals not to panic.

The 3.9 magnitude quake was centred 16km south of Campbelltown and struck at 1.13am.

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A rare M3.9 earthquake hit south of Sydney, Australia on January 3, 2017.

According to Geoscience Australia, the quake would have been felt 56km from its epicentre.

Local MP Jai Rowell told his constituents to remain calm and added: It is hard to believe that we have had an earthquake in Wollondilly but we have”.

He reminded locals to report any damage or injury to emergency services. There are currently no reports of damage.

Newspapers reported nearby residents running onto the street not knowing if they were in any danger and not knowing what was going on.

Recently things have been busier than usual, with nine magnitude five events since February 2015, including five in Queensland across the country.

Just another good reminder to prepare for extreme events like earthquakes.

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