Melbourne earthquake: Magnitude 5.9 temblor strikes Australia

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In a tweet on Wednesday morning, the Victorian State Emergency Service’s (VICSES News) Twitter account mentioned the earthquake’s epicenter had been close to Mansfield within the state of Victoria.

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“Please be patient as lines may be busy,” the tweet mentioned.

Originally the Australian authorities had registered the earthquake at a magnitude of 6 however subsequently downgraded it barely to 5.9. The US Geological Survey additionally put the quake at magnitude 5.9.

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Videos on social media confirmed at the least one constructing suffered some minor harm and energy traces disrupted within the central enterprise district of Melbourne, Australia’s second largest metropolis, the place some folks may very well be seen on the streets following the quake.

Melbourne residents described their shock and shock as homes throughout the town started to shake, in a metropolis which has not had an earthquake of an analogous dimension in many years. There have been no studies of accidents to date.

The temblor was so robust it was felt as far-off as Adelaide in South Australia, 800 kilometers (500 miles) away, and Sydney in New South Wales, greater than 900 kilometers (600 miles) away.

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“There is no tsunami threat” VICSES News mentioned in a tweet. Geoscience Australia mentioned there was an aftershock following the earthquake measuring about 4.0 in magnitude, lower than half an hour after the preliminary shock.

Damaged buildings along Chapel Street are seen following an earthquake on September 22 in Melbourne, Australia.

Australia sits within the heart of a tectonic plate and because of this very not often experiences severe earthquake exercise, not like neighboring New Zealand.

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The nation’s worst earthquake ever was in 1988 within the Northern Territory, which measured solely 6.6 magnitude, in response to Geoscience Australia.
The Melbourne earthquake comes after a day of heated protests within the metropolis over strict months-long lockdowns which have been put in place to forestall the unfold of the Covid-19 Delta variant.

Demonstrators blocked off main roads and lit flares amid clashes with police, in a number of the worst violent protests seen within the metropolis in years.

To date, Victoria has recorded a complete variety of 30,224 confirmed Covid circumstances, and greater than 830 deaths.

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