Australia: Melbourne region hit by 5.8 magnitude earthquake

the essential A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck south-eastern Australia on Wednesday morning, in the Melbourne region.

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck southeast Australia in the Melbourne area on Wednesday morning, according to the United States Institute for Geological Studies (USGS), with scenes of panicked residents exiting houses circulating on social networks.

The earthquake, which occurred only ten kilometers deep, shook buildings in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, without causing any casualties or significant damage according to initial reports.

An unusual earthquake

“Everything started to shake … Everyone was a little in shock,” says Parker Mayo, a 30 year-old cafe worker, as images of the Chapel Street shopping area, with bricks on the floor.

Large earthquakes are unusual in Southeast Australia, a fairly densely populated area.

“I was sitting at work at my desk … It took me a while to figure out what it was,” said the mayor of Mansfield, near the quake’s epicenter, Mark Holcombe, on the ABC channel. No damage was reported.

Emergency services received calls for help as far as Dubbo, about 700 kilometers from the epicenter of the earthquake.

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