MELBOURNE, Australia – In an unusually powerful earthquake for Australia, a magnitude 5.9 earthquake hit suburban Melbourne on Wednesday with minor damage.

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Geoscience Australia said the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6 mi) near the city of Mansfield, about 130 kilometers (80 mi) northeast of Australia’s second most populous city.

Minor structural damage was reported to chimneys, façades and older buildings around the Melbourne metropolitan area. A hospital near the epicenter of the quake lost power and some streets in the city were littered with fallen bricks.


Adam Pascal, chief scientist at the Seismology Research Center, said it was the largest onshore earthquake in Victoria’s recorded history.

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

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The earthquake was the largest in Australia since a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck 210 kilometers (130 mi) north-west of the coastal city of Broome in 2019.