A man injured in an Australian earthquake


A man was injured during construction work as emergency services warned that aftershocks could increase during the largest earthquake in Victoria’s history.

The magnitude 5.9 quake occurred Wednesday at about 9:15 am and was the epicenter of Mansfield and Lawson in the northeastern part of the state.

The state’s largest 10km deep-focus earthquake has been felt throughout Melbourne, as well as Canberra, Sydney and Adelaide since the record began.

Initially, there were no reports of injuries, but state emergency services chief officer Tim Weebush said Thursday that a man in Mount Eliza was slightly injured.

“A man working on a construction repair and moving over him in a sway,” he told Seven Network.

Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the damage from the quake was not that great.

“Obviously there is an aftershock threat, so we need to be careful, but we’re happy to know that what was originally feared didn’t happen, especially when it comes to reporting serious injuries,” he said. I told reporters.

At least eight aftershocks have been recorded on the Richter scale between 2.4 and 4.1, with more tremors expected in the coming days and even months.

“We want people to know what to do. Drops, covers and holds are important messages,” Weebush said Wednesday.

After the first quake, there were more than 100 requests for help, 55 of which were in the capital, Melbourne.

Most were due to minor structural damage to the chimneys, façade and old buildings.

Wiebusch urged anyone who found damage to the building to contact a licensed builder or technician. Emergency repairs are still permitted under the restrictions of COVID-19.

A power outage at Beechworth Hospital caused the collapse of one of the crosses of St. Patrick’s Church in Wangaratta, causing damage to several buildings in Melbourne’s metropolis and areas near Mansfield.

Among the damaged urban structures was the façade of the Brunswick Street building in Fitzroy and the exterior of Betty’s Burger on Chapel Street in Windsor.

There was no one in the restaurant when the earthquake struck. Managing Director Troy McDonna told AAP that he did not expect the business to resume for months.

Insurance company Allianz had received 70 claims as of Wednesday at 3:00 pm, primarily due to minor cracks, some of which were “widespread damage.”

The quake was initially recorded as magnitude 6, but was later revised to magnitude 5.8 and then magnitude 5.9.