MELBOURNE, Australia – A magnitude 5.8 earthquake struck south-eastern Australia on Wednesday morning, collapsing walls of buildings in Melbourne, shattering windows and leaving cracks in roads.
There were no immediate reports of serious injuries or deaths, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said at a press conference from New York, where he was attending the United Nations General Assembly. But residents have reported power outages and apartment buildings in Melbourne, Australia’s second largest city, have been evacuated.
It is the largest earthquake to shake the country since 2016, when a magnitude 6.1 earthquake struck the Northern Territory, according to information from Geoscience Australia. The epicenter of Wednesday’s earthquake was in Mansfield, a regional city in the state of Victoria about 81 miles from Melbourne, the state capital.
The earthquake, which struck at around 9:15 a.m., was felt in other parts of Victoria and in the states of New South Wales, the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Tasmania. Two smaller earthquakes were recorded at 9:30 a.m. and 9:54 a.m., the geoscience agency said.