MELBOURNE : A rare 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday, jolted southeastern Australia shaking and damaging buildings which created panic and fear among the residents
According to the Prime Minister Scott Morrison, no deaths have been reported so far.
The 5.9 magnitude hit the city at 9:00am local time (2300 GMT) and was felt hundreds of kilometres (miles) away.
The US Geological Survey put the magnitude of the quake at 5.8, later revised up to 5.9, and said it struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles).
According to the owner of Melbourne’s Oppen cafe,he rushed onto the street when the earthquake hit.
“The whole building was shaking. All the windows, the glass, was shaking — like a wave of shaking,” he told AFP.
Moreover, Adam Pascale, the chief scientist at the Seismology Research Center stated that it was the largest ‘onshore earthquake in the state of Victoria in recorded history.
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Earlier on August 14, the region of southern Haiti got struck by a 7.2 magnitude at 8:29 am.
Around 1,200 deaths were reported and at least 5,700 others were likely injured .
The epicenter of the quake about 80 miles (129 km) to the southwest of Port-au-Prince, the capital of Haiti, with a depth of around 6 miles (10 km).
According to Haiti’s director of civil protection, Jerry Chandler the rescue teams were being sent to the center of the damage for search and rescue missions.
Moreover, the Prime Minister Ariel Henry stated that he has provided aid the most effected areas.