The show must go on: Andrew Bensley continues to broadcast as earthquake hits Melbourne

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Andrew Bensley: Australian broadcaster’s show was rocked by an earthquake. Photo:

By Jon Lees

Australia: Racing broadcaster Andrew Bensley experienced “30 seconds I’ll never forget” when an earthquake hit Melbourne in the middle of his radio show.

Bensley was hosting his programme on the sports network SEN Track when a magnitude 5.9 earthquake, the biggest ever recorded in the region, hit the state of Victoria at 9.15am local time.

The tremor was felt 120km from the epicentre in Melbourne where some buildings partially collapsed but no serious injuries were reported.

Bensley was interviewing trainer Mathew de Kock, the son of South African trainer Mike de Kock, when the studio started to shake.

De Kock was talking about his upcoming runner Gottadancealot at Flemington when Bensley interjected: “We are in a Melbourne studio. We are going through, I reckon, an earthquake here. Our building is literally shaking.

He added: “Mat, this is frightening to be honest because it’s lasting a long time,” and then continued with the show.

Later Bensley tweeted: “It’s been truly a staggering day ! Unbelievable feedback to something that popped into thousands of people’s lives. 30 seconds I’ll never forget.” 

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