Magnitude 5.9 Earthquake in Victoria Rocks Southeast Australia

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake (downgraded from 6.0) in Victoria rocked southeast Australia on Sept. 22, causing significant damages to buildings.

Government agency Geoscience Australia recorded the earthquake centered in Mansfield at 9:15 a.m. local time with a depth of 10 kilometers.

Tremors were felt across Victoria, in Canberra, and in some parts of New South Wales, including Sydney.

There were no immediate reports of injuries.

There was no issue of a tsunami threat, according to the Bureau of Meteorology.

Victorian State Emergency Service said that aftershocks continued to be felt throughout the morning.

Photos and videos on social media showed significant damages to buildings and streets across Melbourne.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison held a press conference in the United States where he addressed the earthquake, saying that the government was prepared to “provide whatever assistance is needed.”

“It can be a very, very disturbing event for an earthquake of this nature… They are very rare events in Australia and as a result, I am sure people would have been quite depressed and disturbed by that, particularly in the most immediate area affected,” Morrison said.

Morrison added that he has been in contact with Victoria Premiere Dan Andrews who was “dealing directly with the issues.”


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