Melbourne struck by 6.0 magnitude earthquake

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news.com.au,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Sep 2021, 11:48AM

Melbourne struck by 6.0 magnitude earthquake

Author
news.com.au,
Publish Date
Wed, 22 Sep 2021, 11:48AM

Melbourne has just been rocked by an earthquake, with residents reporting strong shudders and offices being evacuated.

VicSES says a magnitude 6.0 earthquake has occurred with an epicentre near Mansfield in Victoria.

"Widespread felt reports. If you have building damage or require SES assistance, phone 132500 and please be patient as lines may be busy," it said.

According to the Seismology Centre there was a 5.3-magnitude quake in Gippsland — meaning the epicentre is about 100km east of Melbourne.

An alert on Google just now states: "There are reports of shaking in the Melbourne area. Check back soon for more information from official sources."

The shuuders were felt by the ABC Breakfast newsroom in Melbourne, where reporters said the shudders were "quite frightening".

Host Michael Rowlands said: "It was quite frightening. I think you would agree.

Scenes in Fitzroy after the earthquake. Photo / via Twitter

Scenes in Fitzroy after the earthquake. Photo / via Twitter

"We were chatting here in the studio after the show, after we threw to you in the mornings coverage. We were chatting away and all of a sudden the studio started shaking, not to shaking and a minor violently."