The magnitude of the earthquake was 5.9 on the Richter scale.
The southeastern part of Australia was hit by a 5.9-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning, sparking fears in Melbourne’s second largest city, as people took to the streets in panic. According to the information available, there were no injuries, only minor injuries, according to Agence France-Presse.
Strongest earthquake since 2019
Tremors of such intensity are an unusual phenomenon in the relatively densely populated southeast of Australia and occur once every 10 to 20 years.
Overall, this is the strongest earthquake in Australia since 2019, according to the Associated Press. No tsunami warning was issued.
Wednesday’s earthquake occurred at 9:00 am local time (1:00 am CET) at a small depth of about 10 km, near the town of Mansfield, about 130 km northeast of Melbourne.
It can also be felt in locations hundreds of kilometers from the epicenter, also allegedly in Sydney and Canberra. The farthest place from which residents reported earthquakes was 700 km from the epicenter.
People mostly felt buildings shaking and things falling from tables and shelves. The main earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks of a weaker earthquake.
According to Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is attending the United Nations General Assembly in New York, there is no information on the infected yet.
Media reported images of minor physical damage, such as bricks falling from buildings in Melbourne and its suburbs. At a local hospital, the shocks caused a blackout.
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