Melbourne hit by magnitude quake, tremors throughout south-east Australia

Bona fide of Melbourne, capital of the south-eastern state of Victoria, has been struck by a magnitude earthquake, damaging buildings however with no serious accidents reported. The quake struck on Wednesday morning, with tremors felt as far-off as Adelaide and Sydney. It measured higher on the Richter scale than a 5.6 quake that struck Newcastle, New South Wales, in 1989, killing thirteen people.
According to a Reuters report, several buildings have been broken in this morning’s quake, with the epicentre near the city of Mansfield, 200 kilometres northeast of Melbourne. The quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometres and aftershocks of 4.0 have been reported. Tremors have been additionally felt 800 kilometres to the west, in Adelaide, and 900 kilometres to the north, in Sydney.
Photos and video on social media show one Melbourne avenue blocked by rubble and there have been reviews of energy cuts and people being evacuated from buildings. Over half of Australia’s population of 25 million live within the south-east of the country, throughout the most important cities of Melbourne, Adelaide, and Sydney.
Speaking to the media from the US, Australian PM Scott Morrison has welcomed the news that there have been no serious accidents or deaths.
“We have had no reports of great accidents, or worse, and that is excellent news and we hope that good news will continue. It is normally a very disturbing occasion, an earthquake of this nature. They are very uncommon occasions in Australia and as a result, I am sure individuals would have been quite distressed and disturbed.”
The Australian Bureau of Meteorology has confirmed no tsunami menace was issued following the quake..

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