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Earthquake near Melbourne – also felt in Canberra and Sydney

Melbourne. The epicenter was reported below the Pacific Ocean floor, however; no tsunami alert was issued. A magnitude 6.0 earthquake shook the region of Monsfield 200 km northeast of Melbourne on Wednesday morning (local time), the regional emergency service said. The quake affected Sydney, the capital of Canberra and neighboring New South Wales. The National Weather Service did not issue a tsunami alert.

The Geonet Network in New Zealand announced that it was the strongest earthquake in Australia’s mainland since 1997. Unlike neighboring New Zealand, earthquakes are very rare in Australia. This is the eighth magnitude 5.0 earthquake since 1973, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

Buildings sway, objects fall from shelves

Local media reported that the buildings shook and items fell from the shelves. “There are currently no serious injuries or bad reports. That’s very good news,” said Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Initially, there was no major damage. However, on a street in Melbourne, some home fronts are said to be affected. A Melbourne journalist tweeted a photo of a large number of bricks smashed to the ground.