A 5,9 magnitude earthquake struck in Melbourne, Australia – one of the biggest  ever to hit the country – on Wednesday morning, Geoscience Australia confirmed.

“Geoscience Australia can confirm that a 5.9 magnitude earthquake was recorded at 09.15 AEST this morning. The earthquake epicentre is near Mansfield, Victoria and was recorded at a depth of approximately 10kms,” Geoscience Australia said in a statement. 

 The earthquake was recorded at 09.15 AEST this morning.

A Tweet on Geoscience Australia’s officer Twitter account had earlier noted:

“The Mansfield VIC earthquake has been adjusted to 5.9 (Mw). A 4.0 (Mw) aftershock was recorded 15 minutes after the initial event. GA senior seismologist Jonathan Bathgate says that frequent aftershocks may be felt across SE . Fill a felt report.   https://bit.ly/3EHgNAA

A map of where the earthquake hit the country and other details can be found at at earthquakes.ga.gov.au.

Reuters reported on Wednesday that the 5,9 magnitude earthquake was one of the biggest recorded quakes to hit Australia. The massive earthquake caused damage to buildings in Melbourne, the country’s second largest city and citizens in neighbouring states felt the quake’s tremors. An aftershock was rated 4.0.

“Images and video footage circulating on social media showed rubble blocking one of Melbourne’s main streets, while people in northern parts of the city said on social media they had lost power and others said they were evacuated from buildings. The quake was felt as far away as the city of Adelaide, 800 km (500 miles) to the west in the state of South Australia, and Sydney, 900 km (600 miles) to the north in New South Wales state, although there were no reports of damage outside Melbourne and no reports of injuries,” Reuters reported.

The earthquake epicentre is near Mansfield, Victoria and was recorded at a depth of approximately 10kms.

Sky News Australia reported that aftershocks could be respected in the next few days.

“Victoria SES Chief Officer Operations Tim Wiebusch says the state can expect further aftershocks “in the coming days” as a result of the earthquake which struck near Mansfield on Wednesday,” Sky News Australia reported.

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