স্থ This still image from a video obtained via Reuters social media shows debris on a street in Prahran after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. By Tom Robertson REUTERS ATTENTION EDITORS – This image has
SYDNEY / MELBOURNE (Reuters) – A magnitude 0.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday, according to Geoscience Australia, one of the country’s largest earthquakes, damaging buildings in the country’s second-largest city and shaking neighboring states.
The epicenter was reported near Mansfield, a rural town in Victoria, about 200 kilometers (124 miles) northeast of Melbourne and at a depth of 10 kilometers (six miles). An aftershock was rated 4.0.
Pictures and video footage spread on social media showed a wreckage blocking a main street in Melbourne, while people in the northern part of the city said on social media that they had lost power and others said they had been evacuated from their buildings.
The quake affected Adelaide, 800 kilometers (500 miles) west of the Australian state of Australia, and Sydney, 900 kilometers (600 miles) north of New South Wales, although there were no reports of injuries or injuries outside Melbourne.
More than half of Australia’s 25 million people live in the southeast of the country, from Adelaide to Melbourne to Sydney.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Washington, “We have no news of serious injuries or injuries and this is very good news and we hope the good news will continue.”
“It could be a very disturbing event, an earthquake of this nature. These are very rare occurrences in Australia and as a result, I’m sure people would be quite upset and upset.”
According to Geology Australia, earthquakes are uncommon in the eastern part of Australia due to its location in the middle of the Indo-Australian tectonic plate. Wednesday’s quake had a magnitude of 6.6 in Newcastle in 1989, killing at least 13 people.
Mansfield Mayor Mark Holcombi said he was in his home office on his farm when the quake hit and ran outside for safety.
“I’ve been to earthquakes abroad before and felt like I took longer than before,” Holcomb told ABC. “Another thing that surprised me was how much noise. It was like a big truck going past.”
He was unaware of any serious damage near the epicenter of the quake, although some residents reported problems with telecommunications.
The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued.
The quake represents a potential disruption to expected anti-lockdown protests in Melbourne on Wednesday, which will be the third day of unrest that has escalated levels of violence and increased police response.
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