MELBOURNE, Australia — An earthquake of 5.8 magnitude hit southeast Australia on Wednesday morning, damaging buildings and forcing apartment buildings and hospitals to evacuate staff members and patients.
It was the largest onshore earthquake in the state of Victoria in recorded history, according to Adam Pascale, chief scientist at the Seismology Research Center.
And it was the largest land earthquake to rattle the country since 2016, when a 6.1-magnitude temblor hit the Northern Territory, according to Geoscience Australia.
The quake on Wednesday collapsed the walls of buildings in Melbourne, Australia’s second-largest city and the capital of Victoria.
It forced residents to flee apartments, shattered windows, left cracks in roads and led to power outages.
Scott Morrison, Adam Pascale, Australia’s
General, Geoscience Australia
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