Earthquake in Australia
The earthquake, one of the largest on record in the country, damaged buildings on Wednesday when it struck the country's second largest city.So far, no serious injuries have been reported, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said. The epicentre was located near the rural town of Mansfield in Victoria, about 200 km northeast of Melbourne, with tremors being felt in neighbouring Australian states as well.Photos and videos showed debris blocking one of Melbourne's main streets and damaging some buildings in the city.
Residents north of the city shared on social media that they were running out of power, while others said they were being evacuated from buildings."We have had no reports of serious injuries, or worse, and that is very good news and we hope that good news will continue," said Mr Morrison."It can be a very disturbing event, an earthquake of this nature. They are very rare events in Australia and as a result, I am sure people would have been quite distressed and disturbed."
The quake triggered earthquakes in neighbouring countries and was felt as far as the city of Adelaide, 800 kilometres to the west, and Sydney, 900 kilometres to the north.Outside Melbourne, no damage or injuries were reported.According to Geoscience Australia, earthquakes are relatively rare in populated Eastern Australia due to its location at the centre of the Indo-Australian tectonic plate.Wednesday's earthquake was bigger than the country's deadliest, a 1989 earthquake measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale in Newcastle, NSW, that killed 13 people.No tsunami threat has been issued for mainland Australia, islands or regions, the Bureau of Meteorology said.
Sources:- sky news
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