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Rare Australia earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne


Rare Australia earthquake triggers panic in Melbourne

A rare quake rattled southeastern Australia early Wednesday (Sep 22), shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked Melbourne residents running into the streets.

The shallow tremor hit east of the country's second-largest city just after 9:00 a.m. local time (2300 GMT) and was felt hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.

The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.8, later revised up to 5.9, and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles).

With Melbourne beginning its eighth week of pandemic lockdown and bracing for a third straight day of violent anti-vaccine protests, most residents were at home when the quake struck.

There were no initial reports of injuries.

(Compiled)

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