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PublishDate: Wednesday, September 22, 2021 15:03

Melbourne rocked by rare 6.0 magnitude earthquake

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there have been “no reports of serious injuries” so far after a magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne on Wednesday.

Afghan Voice Agency (AVA)_The earthquake is reportedly one of the country’s biggest on record, causing damage to buildings in the country’s second largest city and sending tremors throughout neighbouring states.

The quake’s epicentre was near the rural town of Mansfield in the state of , about 200 km northeast of Melbourne, and was at a depth of 10 km. An aftershock was rated 4.0.

“At this stage we have had no reports of serious injuries or worse, and that is very good news and we hope that that good news will continue,” , who is currently on a state visit to the United States, told reporters in Washington.

Quakes are relatively unusual in Australia’s populated east due to its position in the middle of the -Australian Tectonic Plate, according to Geoscience Australia. The quake on Wednesday measured higher than the country’s , a 5.6 in Newcastle in 1989, which resulted in 13 deaths.

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