A magnitude 6.0 earthquake struck near Melbourne, Wednesday, September 22, Geoscience Australia said, one of the country's biggest quakes on record, causing damage to buildings in the country's second-largest city and sending tremors throughout neighboring states.
READ MORE: Three earthquakes struck on Wednesday in the Australian state of Victoria. Tremors were felt across southeastern Australia. Buildings and roads were damaged, but, so far, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported.
The first earthquake — a magnitude 5.9 — was detected at 9:15 a.m. local time in the Alpine National Park near Mansfield in Victoria’s northeast.
Geoscience Australia, a government scientific agency, said the quake “was potentially the largest ever recorded in eastern Australia since European settlement.”
Two other earthquakes — of magnitude 4.0 and 3.1 — struck in the same region shortly afterwards.
Damage and landslides have been reported in several areas, and helicopters have been dispatched to assess the impact of the earthquakes.