An earthquake has rocked south-east Australia, with reports of tremors being felt from Melbourne to Wagga Wagga.
Geoscience Australia said the magnitude 6.0 earthquake was centred in the Mansfield region, about an hour north of Melbourne.
Region: Mansfield, VIC
UTC: 2021-09-21 23:15:54
Lat: -37.42, Lon: 146.32
For more info and updates, or if you felt this earthquake, go to https://t.co/XDfYnAnC4h
— EarthquakesGA (@EarthquakesGA) September 21, 2021
It is the strongest earthquake recorded in Victoria since a magnitude 5.7 event was recorded at Mt Hotham in May 1966, and the first recorded since a magnitude 5.4 earthquake in the Gippsland town of Moe in 2012.
The tremors began about 9.15am and lasted for about 20 seconds.
It was strong enough to shake a building in Chapel Street, causing the top of the wall to rattle free and bricks to smash on the ground below.
Chapel Street @9NewsMelb pic.twitter.com/GvYhr9Zd4j
— Mark Santomartino (@msanto92) September 21, 2021
Video: Victoria’s sixth lockdown set to be extended by at least one week (Sky News Australia)
Across the city, apartment dwellers ran out on to the street, concerned their building was collapsing.
Fun fact: Earthquakes are *not* fun when you’re on the 12th story of an apartment complex! I was very concerned that the apartment was about to collapse before I jumped onto twitter! #melbourne #earthquake
— Lee Davis-Thalbourne (@passerkirbius) September 21, 2021
Federal MP Michael McCormack also reported feeling the tremors in the New South Wales town of Temora, 85km north of Wagga Wagga and 370km north of the epicentre in Mansfield.
Tremor felt across @temorashire as well. #earthquake
— Michael McCormack (@M_McCormackMP) September 21, 2021
Earlier, Australian earthquake observatory, the Seismology Centre, said there had been a magnitude 5.3 earthquake in Gippsland, in eastern Victoria, with an epicentre in the high country just north of Woods Point, about 100km east of Melbourne.
Global earthquake monitoring site Earthquake Monitor listed it as a magnitude 5.6 earthquake.
#Earthquake M5.6 Near Melbourne, Victoria, Australia 9mins ago 21 Sep 23:15 UTC – report/info: https://t.co/z5rnhJKOwP
— Earthquake Monitor (@EQAlerts) September 21, 2021
The State Emergency Service said it was awaiting updates and was expecting it may receive some requests for assistance.
More to come…Internet Explorer Channel Network