Magnitude 5.9 earthquake hits Australian city of Melbourne

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake has caused damage in the Australian city of Melbourne, Geoscience Australia said.

The quake hit 130km northeast of Australia’s second-most populous city near the town of Mansfield at a depth of 10 km, the government agency said.

Media showed images of damage to brickwork in Chapel Street in the inner suburb of South Yarra.

Mansfield mayor Mark Holcombe told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation he was not aware of any damage reports in the town, and Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there were no reports of serious injury.

The earthquake was the largest to rattle Australia since a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 210km off the northwest coastal town of Broome in 2019. –PA

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