MEDIA RELEASE: Over 35,000 felt reports following Victorian earthquake

MEDIA RELEASE: Over 35,000 felt reports following Victorian earthquake

22/9/21, 5:36 am

A 5.9 magnitude earthquake at a 10 kilometre depth has been recorded earlier this morning, with the epicentre recorded between Mansfield and Rawson, Victoria.

The earthquake occurred around 09:15AM, with 35,000 felt reports and numerous accounts of building damage across multiple areas in metropolitan Melbourne, and other parts of the State.

Since the intial earthquake, six magnitude 3.5, 4.1, 2.5, 3.1, 2.4 and 2.9 aftershocks have since occurred near the epicentre area of Mansfield.

The earthquake caused temporary power loss this morning, with more than 35,000 people without power across metropolitan parts of Melbourne and some regional parts including the Mansfield area and surrounds. Since 13:00 this afternoon, 612 remain without power.

Minor building damage has been recorded in parts of Melbourne including: Kensington, Ascot Vale, Prahran, Parkdale, Elsternwick, West Melbourne and Balwyn and, with further aftershocks still possible, the Victoria State Emergency Service (VICSES) is urging Victorians to stay safe and use common sense if out and about.

So far, VICSES volunteers have responded to more than 108 calls for help in regards to earthquake assistance, primarily for building damage regarding façades, chimneys and older building structures.

Since the initial reports, the Department of Transport and Water Authorities have been checking rail and road infrastructure, along with dams and water storages, including the Hume Dam with no issues found.

VICSES Chief Officer Operations, Tim Wiebusch, said he does not expect the commitment to be significant for the recovery phase, but emergency services remain ready to assist with a wide range of earthquake response operations, from roofing to chainsaw work.

“It’s important to remain calm, but vigilant. Aftershocks can continue to occur for some time after the main earthquake, if you are located in Victoria, you need to know what to do. Expect aftershocks, and ensure to stay away from damaged buildings and other hazards,” said VICSES Chief Officer Operations, Tim Wiebusch.

Since this morning, VICSES crews have been out in their communities undertaking public reassurance activities with Incident Control Centres activated in North East Victoria, Metro Melbourne and Gippsland.

Emergency Management Commissioner, Andrew Crisp, said the State Control Centre is supporting VICSES with the response.

“Thank you to all our VICSES volunteers and to everyone who joined the response effort this morning. Geoscience Australia have notified us that aftershocks can continue for some time after the initial earthquake so I remind Victorians to stay safe, and to continue to contact the VICSES if they require assistance.”

“For the most up to date information please monitor the VicEmergency channels and download the VicEmergency app”, said Commissioner Crisp.

Victorians are reminded to never rely on one channel for emergency information. Connect to official sources of emergency information, including the VicEmergency app and www.emergency.vic.gov.au.

Tune in to local emergency broadcasters such as ABC local radio, commercial and select community radio stations, or SkyNews TV.

Phone the VicEmergency Hotline on 1800 226 226.

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