[ View the story "Social media aftershocks rock Australia" on Storify] Social media aftershocks rock Australia Rare earthquake triggers a wave of satire on the web.
Storified by The Stream · Tue, Jun 19 2012 12:44:47
Melbourne Earthquake June 19th 2012 A Comedy Responsetigerkraw
The Melbourne 5.2 Earthquake 2012 - a first hand accountdangerouslytalented
Some netizens took exception to a
report that referred to the quake as "mammoth".
The Herald Sun is calling the #melbquake a "mammoth quake" ... I think the journo needs a quick trip to Japan. Oh dear.Brentus
@HelenRazer Referring to it as a 'mammoth quake' is an offence to the people of Japan, Christchurch (or anywhere else on a fault line)Andy Dwyer
In contrast, others have used social media to put the earthquake in perspective, referencing the building block game Jenga.
My heart goes out to Melbourne's Jenga community… #melbquake #melbearthquakeSteele Saunders
UGH! Just lost Jenga. #melbearthquake #earthquake #MelbourneKenny Chy
Many have poked fun at the lack of destruction the earthquake caused.
EARTHQUAKE UPDATE: Tsunami alert has been issued for those standing one centimetre from shoreline. #MelbQuake #Earthquakeadam rozenbachs
#melbquake the only aftershocks are on social mediaSally Orpin
Initial damage reports indicate that tonight's #melbquake may have seriously improved the #metrotrains network. More to follow.Metro Trains PR
Some netizens have made jokes about the unorthodox architecture of certain buildings and structures, such as Federation Square in Melbourne, seen below.