Coalville Victoria resident Glenn Mason thought a truck had crashed through a wall retainer.
"The house was shaking so much I thought it was a landslide," he said.
"I was waiting for the truck to come through our lounge room.
"I just heard this trembling then a bang and a crack.
The magnitude 5.4 earthquake shook homes, cracked windows and walls, and threw residents from their chairs.
Millions across the state felt the tremor, which had an epicentre 16km southwest of Moe at Coalville, in the Latrobe Valley in Victoria's east.
The quake struck at 8.53pm and lasted for 30 seconds, Geoscience Australia spokesman Chris Thompson said.
Last night’s quake was equal to the 5.4 magnitude earthquake which shook Wongungarra 30 years ago.
In 1996, the Richter scale spiked further to 5.7 when an earthquake hit near Mt Hotham.
Graeme Wilson, 61, was the closest person to the quake last night - his home only 400m from the epicentre.
"It felt to me like a motorbike on its side crashing through the kitchen," he told the Herald Sun today.
"Couple of things fell down but only a vase broke."
More than 60 aftershocks have rocked the area near Moe where last night's earthquake began.
Most have been small and unnoticeable – but at least one registered an estimated magnitude of 3.5 on the Richter Scale.
And the aftershocks will continue to plague the area, with the possibility of one equalling or exceeding last night's initial quake a threat over the coming days and even weeks, according to experts.
Geoscience Australia is now moving to set up aftershock monitoring equipment in the area to pinpoint the location of the initial quake and potentially to influence the guidelines for infrastructure.
“I expect they (aftershocks) will die out in a couple of days, but it could be a couple of weeks,” said Dr David Jepsen.
Seismology Research Centre spokesman Adam Pascale said the quake was almost as strong as the magnitude 5.6 quake that killed 13 people in Newcastle in 1989. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-n ... 6401623358