Monday, October 25, 2021

Earthquake strikes Melbourne, buildings damaged, no loss of life

An earthquake has struck Victoria, causing damage to buildings across Melbourne.
The 5.8 magnitude quake hit near Mansfield, 180kms north-east of Melbourne, about 9.15am today, according to Geoscience Australia.
The earthquake was initially recorded at a 6.0 magnitude but later revised down, with tremors lasting for about 30 seconds.
Another 4.0 aftershock was recorded 18 minutes after the first tremor.
Tremors were also felt across Canberra, South Australia, Tasmania and NSW, including in Sydney, Bathurst and Dubbo.
Images of minor damage to buildings have flooded social media, with Chapel Street in South Yarra appearing badly hit with damage.
Video shows rubble scattered across the ground after building walls collapsed, prompting falling bricks to smash across the street.
Dozens of locals have been standing around in shock over the quake.
The old building destroyed by the earthquake had a Betty’s Burger business below and apartments above.
9News understands residents escaped just in time before the walls collapsed.
A Coles nearby has also been damaged.
The Chapel Street area has been cordoned off while authorities assess the damage.
Chapel Street local Patrick told Today said he initially thought the trembling was a result of construction works.
“I felt the building rattle so I grabbed my puppy and went underneath the doorway and just let it unfold,” he said.
“I actually thought it was as a result of the tunnel works that were happening near me.”
A number of buildings were forced to evacuate this morning as a precaution, including the Channel 9 headquarters in Docklands.
Firefighters will 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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