MELBOURNE, Australia – A magnitude 5.9 earthquake caused slight damage in suburbs of Melbourne on Wednesday in an exceptionally effective shake for Australia.
The earthquake struck about 80 miles northeast of Australia’s second most populous metropolis, near the city of Mansfield, at a depth of 106 miles, Geoscience Australia said.
Minor structural damage to chimneys, facades and older buildings has been reported in the Melbourne metropolitan area. A hospital near the epicenter lost energy and fallen bricks littered some streets of the metropolis.
The chief scientist of the Seismology Research Center, Adam Pascale, mentioned that it was the largest earthquake in Victoria’s history.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there had been no stories of significant damage.
The quake was the largest to shake Australia since a 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck 130 miles off the northwest coastal town of Broome in 2019.