Melbourne earthquake

PHOTO: Melbourne earthquake

  • Magnitude 5.8 earthquake rocked Melbourne and demolished parts of buildings
  • Epicentre of the quake was 10km deep near Mansfield in Victoria’s east at 9.15am
  • Pictures showed part of building collapsed in Windsor in Melbourne’s inner-city

A magnitude 5.8 earthquake has rocked Melbourne and demolished part of a building on famous Chapel St, with tremors felt as far as NSW and Tasmania.

The quake hit at 9.15am near the small town of Mansfield, 180km north-east of Melbourne. It was 10km deep, according to Geoscience Australia.

The quake was followed by a 4.0 magnitude aftershock 18 minutes later.

Tremors were felt as far away as Tasmania, South Australia and some parts of Sydney.

Pictures emerged of a Bettys Burgers fast food restaurant partially collapsed on Chapel St in Windsor in Melbourne’s inner-city.

The burger chain later said in a statement that there was no-one inside the building at the time and all staff were safe.