He also warned Victorians aftershocks were likely over the next couple of days.
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“While it’s stronger shaking that travels a decent distance throughout the region, we don’t expect damage from an earthquake of that size,” he said.
“You don’t tend to get minor damage until around magnitude 4.5 where you’ll get things like plaster cracking and things rattling on shelves.
“We could expect aftershocks from an earthquake of this size, it’s not guaranteed of course, sometimes you just get a single earthquake and no aftershocks associated.”
It is the largest earthquake reported in metropolitan Melbourne in about 120 years.
The earthquake to hit Victoria in September 2021 was a 5.9 magnitude quake, but its epicentre was recorded between Mansfield and Rawson, about 130 kilometres north-east of the CBD.
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