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Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits Australia;  tremors felt in Melbourne


A 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck near Australia’s southern coast on Wednesday morning, causing tremors in Melbourne, officials said.

No injuries were immediately reported following the earthquake shortly after 9 a.m. local time (7 p.m. ET Tuesday).

The US Geological Survey said the quake was about 10 kilometers, or 6.2 miles, deep. There was no threat of a tsunami, officials said.

The epicenter was south of Mount Buller, about 90 miles northeast of Melbourne.

Photos showed damage to a building in Melbourne, with bricks from a facade littering a street.

A woman from the Melbourne suburb of Carrum Downs told Seven News that she ran out of her home.

“The walls were moving,” she told the news agency.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who is in Washington, said no serious injuries were reported.

“It can be a very disturbing event, an earthquake of this nature. These are very rare events in Australia, and therefore I’m sure people would have been quite anxious and upset,” Morrison told reporters.

Police in South Australia said the quake was felt in Adelaide, about 450 miles from the epicenter area. He said there had been no damage in the state, which borders Victoria.

Reuters contributed.