According to Geoscience Australia there were two earthquakes recorded in quick succession.
The first, the one felt in Melbourne and Sydney, is now listed as a magnitude 5.8 — a downgrade from earlier reports — at a depth of 10 metres. That took place at 9.15am AEST.
Then there was a magnitude 4 earthquake at 9.33am, at a depth of 12km.
Both occurred between Matlock and Knockwood, in the high country just east of the Yarra Ranges.
The Fire and Rescue Service NSW says they received calls for help across the state, from Alexandria, Manly and Hornsby in Sydney (about 700km northeast of the epicentre) to as far afield as Dubbo (also 700km away, to the north).
And writer Martin Flanagan, who is in Launceston in Northern Tasmania, said the tremor was felt there too. It’s also about 700km away from Mansfield, across the Bass Strait.
Geoscience Australia said the earthquake took place at 9.15am this morning, or 23.15pm universal standard time.
It was recorded in the Mansfield region. Depth 10km, magnitude 6.
A magnitude 6 earthquake has been recorded in central Victoria, in the high country near Mansfield.
The quake caused building damage in Melbourne, about 200km to the southeast, and tremors were felt as far afield as Temora, north of Wagga Wagga.
It’s the biggest earthquake recorded in Victoria since 1966, when a magnitude 5.7 earthquake was recorded at Mt Hotham.
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