Melbourne earthquake: magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Australia
In a tweet on Wednesday morning, the Victorian State Emergency Service (VICSES News) Twitter account said the quake’s epicenter was near Mansfield, Victoria.
âPlease be patient as the lines may be busy,â the tweet said.
Originally, the Australian government recorded the earthquake at a magnitude of 6, but subsequently lowered it slightly to 5.9. The US Geological Survey also assessed the earthquake at a magnitude of 5.9.
Videos on social media showed that at least one building suffered minor damage and disrupted power lines in Melbourne’s central business district, Australia’s second largest city, where some people could be seen in the streets. streets after the earthquake.
Melbourne residents described their shock and surprise when townhouses began to shake, in a town that has not experienced an earthquake of a similar magnitude in decades. No injuries have been reported so far.
The tremor was so strong that it was felt as far away as Adelaide in South Australia, 800 kilometers (500 miles) and Sydney in New South Wales, over 900 kilometers (600 miles).
âThere is no threat of a tsunami,â VICSES News said in a tweet. Geoscience Australia said there was a aftershock after the earthquake with a magnitude of about 4.0, less than half an hour after the initial shock.
Australia sits at the center of a tectonic plate and therefore very rarely experiences severe seismic activity, unlike neighboring New Zealand.
Protesters blocked main roads and lit flares amid clashes with police, in some of the worst violent protests in the city in years.
To date, Victoria has recorded a total number of 30,224 confirmed cases of Covid and more than 830 deaths.