Rare magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Australian city of Melbourne 4 weeks ago

Rare magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Australian city of Melbourne

The earthquake was the largest in Australia since a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit near Broome in 2019.

A rare magnitude 5.9 earthquake has hit the Australian city of Melbourne on Wednesday morning.

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According to Geoscience Australia, the earthquake caused damage after hitting 80 miles northeast of Australia's second-most populated city.

The quake occurred near the town of Mansfield at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The earthquake was the largest in Australia since a magnitude 6.6 earthquake hit 130 miles off the coastal town of Broome back in 2019.

Images of damage to buildings in Chapel Street in the inner suburb of South Yarra were broadcast on Wednesday,  but Mansfield mayor Mark Holcombe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he was not aware of any reports of damage in the town.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there were no reports of serious injury.

"We have had no reports of serious injuries, or worse, and that is very good news and we hope that good news will continue," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters in Washington.

"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."

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