Cape Times

Rare quake sparks panic in Australia


MELBOURNE: A rare quake rattled south-eastern Australia yesterday, shaking buildings, knocking down walls and sending panicked Melbourne residents running into the streets.

The 5.9 magnitude tremor hit east of the country’s second-largest city and was one of the largest to hit the country in decades.

Geoscience Australia reported the initial quake was followed by a series of six smaller ones. Emergency services said they had received calls for help as far away as Dubbo, about 700km from the quake epicentre.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said there were no initial reports of injuries.

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