An earthquake recorded in Eastern Victoria overnight has been felt by people across multiple states.

The magnitude 4.3 earthquake hit at 12:50am about 130 kilometres south-east of Melbourne in the Leongatha region in South Gippsland.

More than 4,000 people reported feeling the tremor through the Geoscience Australia website.

The majority of reports were from people in metropolitan Melbourne, with some in South Australia and Tasmania.

Geoscience Australia said the earthquake occurred at the relatively shallow depth of 8 kilometres.

Adam Pascale says more than 4,000 people reported feeling the tremor early this morning.(Supplied)

Seismology Research Centre chief scientist Adam Pascale said people could expect additional tremors as the area remained active.

“It’s sort of a warning to be aware of what to do if you do feel strong shaking,” he said.

“In the first hour after the earthquake there was probably half a dozen magnitude two’s or so and we often see that.

“We’re still having little ones now and we expect to see them for probably days or weeks.”

‘Like a train’

Another earthquake was recorded 10 kilometres away in Foster on Tuesday with a magnitude of 3.3, but Mr Pascale said the two tremors were probably on different fault lines.

“It’s a known area for earthquake activity, as is much of Gippsland and the Great Dividing Range,” he said.

Leongatha resident Gordon Bahn said he was woken up by the sound of the earthquake on Friday. 

“It woke me up, a bit like a train going through a house,” he said.

“There was a sound and a little bit of a shaking.”

Ted Leamon, who lives around the corner from Mr Bahn, said the earthquake made his house shake.

“My bed shook violently, something fell to the floor and my pet bird fell off his perch, sounded like thunder,” he said.

Mr Pascale said people living away from the epicentre often heard the sound of buildings shaking, but those nearby heard the earthquake itself.

“When you’re closer to earthquakes you can tend to hear them quite significantly … you can hear the booming sounds of the energy hitting the surface,” he said.

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