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Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp has confirmed this morning’s earthquake was magnitude 5.9 and was felt across the state and as far as Tasmania and Adelaide.

Mr Crisp said aftershocks would be felt for weeks and months, although they are unlikely to match or exceed the 5.9 magnitude quake this morning.

Victoria’s Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp.Credit:Luis Ascui

“We are unlikely to see aftershocks that will match or exceed what we saw at 9:15 am this morning; however, there is a chance that major aftershocks will impact Victoria, ”said Mr. Crisp.

Victoria SES chief executive Tim Wiebusch said there were no injuries but 100 requests for assistance mainly in relation to minor structural damage such as collapses of facades and chimneys.

At this stage, the ESS did not find any significant damage to the infrastructure but continued to assess the situation.

Mr Wiebusch said “we saw no injuries as a result of the earthquake this morning”.

There have been six aftershocks so far, of the following magnitudes: 3.5, 4.1, 2.5, 3.1, 2.4 and 2.9.

“We can expect to see more aftershocks in the coming days, potentially in the weeks to come,” he reiterated.

“What we saw in the aftermath of the 5.9 earthquake that hit Victoria today is a series of minor structural damage; we had just over 100 requests for assistance, 55 in the metropolitan area, largely related to minor structural damage to chimneys and building facades.

A wall collapsed on Chapel Street in Melbourne and a facade collapsed on Brunswick Road in Fitzroy.

“There have been a series of chimneys and other minor structural damage across the state.”

Mr Wiebusch said there had been precautionary closures at places such as the Buchan Caves in the Gippsland region in the event of further aftershocks, and noted that the damage seen in places such as Chapel St was probably due to the age of the buildings in the suburbs.

He said the state was lucky the epicenter of the quake occurred in a largely uninhabited area (northeast between Mansfield and Rawson).

Geoscience Australia has confirmed that the shock of this morning’s earthquake lasted 30 to 40 seconds in total.

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