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Was there an Earthquake near Melbourne today?

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CNN is reporting:
Hong Kong (CNN)An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 struck near Melbourne in southern Australia on Wednesday, according to the Victoria State Emergency Service's news feed (VICSES News) on Twitter.

"A magnitude 6.0 #Earthquake has occurred with an epicentre near Mansfield in Victoria," the tweet from VICSES News read, calling on citizens to "please be patient as lines may be busy."

Videos on social media showed at least one building suffered some minor damage and power lines disrupted in the central business district of Melbourne, where some people could be seen on the streets following the quake.

"There is no tsunami threat" VICSES News said in a follow up tweet.
I hope that everyone is okay.

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Hi Andrew,

Yes, there was an earthquake, magnitude 6 and several smaller after shocks.

The epicentre of the quake was at Mansfield which is about 200kms NE of Melbourne.

Reports of some building damage but no reports of injuries or deaths.

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Watching ABC midday TV news here it does thankfully seem mild. And as far as can be determined, no severe injuries.

5.8 it is reported - the strongest ever recorded in Victoria. :)
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Did you not feel it?


An earthquake has hit Victoria, Melbourne and Australia's south-east — here's what we know so far

A magnitude-6 earthquake has been detected in regional Victoria.
A magnitude-6 earthquake has been detected in regional Victoria.

Residents of south-east Australia received a shock on Wednesday morning as an earthquake rippled through Melbourne and regional Victoria, reaching as a far as Canberra, Adelaide and parts of New South Wales.

People quickly flocked to social media in the aftermath, reporting violent shaking which knocked things from walls and shelves and forced evacuations in Melbourne's CBD.

Here's what we know so far.

Where did the earthquake hit?

At around 9:15am on Wednesday a magnitude-5.8 earthquake was detected in the Alpine National Park near Mansfield in Victoria's north-east.

Geoscience Australia said the quake originated at a depth of 10 kilometres. It was originally reported as a magnitude-6 quake, but was downgraded shortly after.

It was felt heavily 190 kilometres away in Melbourne, as well as in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide, and Launceston in Tasmania.


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Victoria State Emergency Service has confirmed there is no tsunami threat following the quake.

Reports suggested the tremors lasted about 20 seconds in Melbourne, and up to a minute closer to the epicentre.

"It shook here in the northern suburbs of Melbourne for about 15-20 seconds so it's quite a significant earthquake," Seismology Research Centre head Adam Pascale said.

Video from the ABC studio in Melbourne showed the building shaking.


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The quake is potentially the largest one recorded in eastern Australia since European settlement, according to Geoscience Australia.

Victoria's State Emergency Service had received about 26,000 reports from people who had felt the quake as of 10:30am.

A second magnitude-4 earthquake was recorded in the vicinity of the first about 15 minutes later at a depth of 12 kilometres.

Landslides have also been recorded in the state's north-east alpine region.

There have been no reports of serious injuries.

There have so far been no reports of serious injuries or fatalities as a result of the quake.

Speaking from the United States on Wednesday morning Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the event was "very disturbing" but there were no reports of fatalities.

The federal government was standing by to support Victorians as required, he said, after communicating with Premier Daniel Andrews over text.

Following the tremors, Mr Andrews tweeted: "Yes, that was an earthquake."

He urged Victorians to go to the Emergency Victoria website for the latest information.

Buildings in Melbourne have been damaged

There have been reports of damage throughout Melbourne, with photos showing a partially collapsed building on Chapel Street in the inner city.


Part of a Chapel Street building crumbled during the earthquake.(Supplied)
Part of a Chapel Street building crumbled during the earthquake.(Supplied)

Photos and videos of the street show bricks and debris strewn across the street, after the top floor of Betty's Burgers in Prahran partially collapsed.

Apartment buildings in inner Melbourne have also been evacuated and parts of the city have experienced power outages.

A spokesperson from Victoria's State Emergency Service said there had been reports of damage to several buildings in the Mansfield area, near the epicentre, including to the local ambulance centre.


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Mansfield resident Karen McGregor said windows on the FoodWorks grocery store had buckled but there was no significant damage to the building.

"The windows started shaking, the walls, and everything on the desk, it was really quite scary," she said.

Expect aftershocks

Experts have warned Victorians to prepare for aftershocks, which could continue for months.

"There is a small likelihood that there could be a larger event but we'll see as we go," Mr Pascale said.

Emergency Victoria has urged residents to expect aftershocks, stay away from damaged buildings and avoid driving unless absolutely necessary.

If people are out and about they urged people to "stay safe and use common sense".

But while hundreds of aftershocks could be expected, many won't be felt by humans.


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"Felt as far away as Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide"... could just mean that the seismographs pickled it up.

I'm sitting here working though it this morning and felt nothing at all. Neither did my work colleagues in Canberra.

About the time, I noticed a power "blink" and that was it.

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I was listening to a radio program at that time this morning where a Sydney horse trainer was being interviewed.

The trainer in Sydney confirmed feeling the earthquake.

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