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Australia Victorians bracing for more aftershocks after 'rare' earthquake

02:30  23 september  2021
02:30  23 september  2021 Source:   9news.com.au

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Victoria on high alert for more aftershocks after suffering through its largest earthquake in history – as it's revealed a tradesman was injured on a job site after the initial tremor. By Eliza Mcphee For Daily Mail Australia and Aap. Published: 23:49 BST, 22 September 2021 | Updated: 23:49 BST, 22 September The magnitude 5.9 quake hit about 9.15am on Wednesday, with the epicentre between Mansfield and Rawson in the state's northeast. The 10km deep earthquake - the biggest in the state since records began - was felt across Melbourne and as far away as Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide .

Victoria is bracing for more aftershocks after an earthquake rocked the state, with buildings damaged and Melburnians forced to flee high-rise towers during the tremor.

Victorians are being warned to prepare for more aftershocks in the coming "days, if not weeks" after a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck.

The force of the event was felt across the state and into South Australia and New South Wales.

It is the largest recorded earthquake in Victoria since such events were measured.

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Few injuries were reported but at least one man, in his 70s, was hospitalised after suffering upper-body injuries when the parts of a weather shield fell down and hit him.

Speaking from Washington DC this morning Prime Minister Scott Morrison thanked those involved in the emergency response.

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"Obviously, we need to remain cautious because of the threat of aftershocks and wish those well who are going through inspecting and shoring up those properties that are affected and any damage that was there," Mr Morrison said.

"But that is pleasing to know that what was first feared was not realised and particularly in relation to any reports of serious injury and that is very welcome news."

While the worst is expected to be over, Seismologist Tanja Pejic from Geoscience Australia says more aftershocks are extremely likely.

"Unfortunately, there will be aftershocks," Dr Pejic told Today.

"We have already recorded about seven of them. They were all smaller than the main shock. The largest aftershock we recorded was a magnitude of 4.1. I would expect that people in Victoria, closer to that epicentre, would have felt it.

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Victorian residents have been told to prepare for more aftershocks in the day and weeks ahead after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the state on Wednesday morning. Curtin University’s Professor of Petroleum Geology Chris Elders said the aftershocks could be “unsettling” for many residents. “There will undoubtedly be aftershocks , that always happens after an earthquake ,” he told Sky News Australia. “I think there have been two already, one of magnitude 4, one of magnitude 3, so they’re much smaller than the original quake at the moment and hopefully they stay that way.

The magnitude 5.9 quake was the largest in Victoria ’s recorded history and likely occurred along the deep faultline that separates Melbourne from the alpine region. Dr Januka Attanayake, the research lead with the University of Melbourne’s Earthquake Seismology Earth Sciences unit, says in the aftermath of earthquakes like the one on Tuesday, seismologists would usually install more seismometers to try to detect aftershocks , which can last for months but are usually much milder than the initial earthquake and not felt by people.

"And there will certainly be more aftershocks to come for days, if not weeks. They will generally decrease in size and frequency as the time progresses."

The earthquake was recorded at around 9.15am at Licola North, near Woods Point, yesterday, 180km north-east of Melbourne.

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a group of people walking down a street: No serious injuries were recorded after yesterday's earthquake. © Getty No serious injuries were recorded after yesterday's earthquake.

It was followed by several aftershocks – the first a magnitude 5.5 tremor at 9.40am, followed by a 4.0 tremor at 9.55am and 3.1 tremor at 10.15am.

While experts know aftershocks are a given, they can't predict when an initial earthquake will hit.

"There is no technology in this world that can tell when, where and with what magnitude an earthquake will strike," Dr Pejic said.

"We can't predict them. We can forecast from here on and say, yes, there will be aftershocks, this is normal, this is expected after an earthquake of this size, but we can't predict how large they will be or when they will happen."

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Victoria 's State Emergency Service confirmed the earthquake was '6.0 on the Richter scale and emanated from Mansfield. There is no tsunami threat'. The earthquake was 'the biggest event in southeast Australia for a long time,' Mike Sandiford, a geologist at the University of Melbourne, said. 'This is significantly bigger.' Sandiford said Australians should expect ' many hundreds of aftershocks , most below human sensitivity threshold, but probably a dozen or more that will be felt at least nearby'. The quake 'would have caused many billions of dollars in damage had it been under Melbourne', he

“There will undoubtedly be aftershocks , that always happens after an earthquake ,” he told Sky News Australia. “I think there have been two already, one of magnitude 4, one of magnitude 3, so they’re much smaller than the original quake at the moment and hopefully they stay that way. Victorian residents have been told to prepare for more aftershocks in the day and weeks ahead after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck the state on Wednesday morning. Two tremors have already been recorded since the original quake with the first registered as a magnitude 4.0 on the Richter scale and

map: The quake struck at around 9.15am at Licola North, near Woods Point. © Geoscience Australia The quake struck at around 9.15am at Licola North, near Woods Point.

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While large earthquakes are uncommon in Australia, because the continent lies centrally on a tectonic plate, yesterday's event took place in an area of "heightened" risk after being identified via a 2018 "national hazard assessment map".

"This map shows that the south-eastern highlands is an area of heightened seismic risk.

"For seismologists, it wasn't unexpected but it was rare for Australia."

The quake struck at a shallow depth of 10km and while it was large, it didn't cause major widespread damage.

Earthquake damaged buildings along Chapel Street, Melbourne. © Asanka Ratnayake/Getty Earthquake damaged buildings along Chapel Street, Melbourne.

But one of the worst affected areas was Chapel Street in Windsor, including Betty's Burgers which suffered significant structural damage.

Managing director Troy McDonagh said it could be "a number of months" before his business is back up and running.

"It was not the ideal scenario yesterday morning but we've got an amazing business and, as you well know, mate, hospitality, we're a resilient bunch," Mr McDonagh told Today.

"We regrouped yesterday and obviously once we know what's happening here and know the timeframes we'll start the rebuild process."

Stay at home orders due to the coronavirus pandemic is believed to have prevented any serious injuries due to the small amount of people out and about.

Adorable moment little girl mistakes Melbourne earthquake for fairies .
Nine-year-old Sophia picked up her iPad on Wednesday morning when she started to notice a rumbling sound coming from inside her bedroom at the family's Hepburn home in Victoria.Nine-year-old Sophia picked up her iPad on Wednesday morning when she started to notice a rumbling sound coming from inside her bedroom at the family's Hepburn home in Victoria.

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