There are reports of building damage in Chapel Street in Melbourne’s South Yarra.
A 6.0 magnitude earthquake has struck about 150km north-east of Melbourne, reported to be felt as far west as Adelaide and as far north as Sydney.
The tremor was reported by Geoscience Australia as having struck at 9.15am AEST on Wednesday, with residents reporting shaking of varying intensity across the city for an approximate 30 second period.
According to a Geoscience Australia site, the quake hit with a depth of 10km at Mansfield and a magnitude of 6.0, prompting a flurry of reports on social media. According to Australian media, the quake was felt from Melbourne, to Geelong, to Wodonga and Mildura, and all the way to the country’s capital of Canberra to towns south of Sydney in New South Wales.
More seismic data is being analysed but no tsunami warning has been issued.
A magnitude 6.0 #Earthquake has occurred with an epicentre near Mansfield in Victoria. Widespread felt reports. If you have building damage or require SES assistance, phone 132500 and please be patient as lines may be busy. pic.twitter.com/8RUqnk4Iwb
— VICSES News (@vicsesnews) September 21, 2021
Debris was seen outside the Betty’s Burgers restaurant on Chapel Street in South Yarra, believed to be caused by the quake, as seen in the footage below.
While earthquakes in Victoria are rare, the state has experienced earthquakes – usually ranging from 4.5 to 6 on the richter scale – periodically since records were kept in the early 1900s.
The last earthquake to hit Victoria was in a similar area of Gippsland in 2012, a 5.4 magnitude earthquake.