An earthquake has struck Victoria, causing damage to buildings across Melbourne.
The 5.8 magnitude quake hit near Mansfield, east of Melbourne, about 9.15am today, according to Geoscience Australia.
Victorian residents have reported feeling strong tremors for about 30 seconds.
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Images of minor damage to buildings have flooded social media, with Chapel Street in South Yarra appearing badly hit with damage.Tremors were also felt across Canberra, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW, including in Sydney, Bathurst and Dubbo.
Video shows rubble scattered across the ground, with locals standing around in shock over the quake.
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The earthquake struck at a depth of 10km, which is understood to be relatively shallow for an earthquake.
However, the 5.8 magnitude quake could be the largest Australia has felt for some time.
Speaking from Washington DC, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there had been no reports of serious injuries at this stage.
“That is very good news, and we hope that good news will continue,” he said.
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Mr Morrison said he had been in contact with Premier Daniel Andrews and the Federal Government would provide whatever assistance was necessary, including ADF support, if required.
“We’ll get further reports as the night unfolds here in the United States, but it can be a very, very disturbing event for an earthquake of this nature,” Mr Morrison said.
“They are very rare events in Australia.
“As a result, I’m sure, people would have been quite distressed and disturbed by that particularly in the most immediate area affected.”
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A number of buildings were forced to evacuate this morning as a precaution, including the Channel 9 headquarters in Docklands.
Firefighters are en route to assess a number of buildings in the CBD after the earthquake triggered fire alarms.
Mr Andrews posted on Twitter soon after the quake hit, advising Victorians to stay alert and monitor the Emergency Victoria website.
“Yes, that was an earthquake,” he said.
“Keep an eye on the Emergency Victoria website for the latest information.”
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SES Victoria said anyone who needs assistance or has suffered building damage should phone 132 500.
“A magnitude 6.0 earthquake has occurred with an epicentre near Mansfield in Victoria,” a post on Twitter read.
“Widespread felt reports. If you have building damage or require SES assistance, phone 132500 and please be patient as lines may be busy.”
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