Southeast Australia shaken by strong earthquake near Melbourne

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      Strong seismic activity has jolted southeast Australia near Melbourne, and in range of the nation’s capital of Canberra and Sydney.

      According to the U.S. Geological Survey, a 5.8-magnitude inland temblor struck at a depth of 10 kilometres (six miles) at 9:15 a.m. on September 22 Melbourne time (4:15 p.m. on September 21 Vancouver time).

      Victoria State Emergency Service, which reported it as 6.0-magnitude, issued a danger warning for those in the southeast state, as aftershocks may occur.

      The epicentre was positioned 39 kilometres (24 miles) south of Mount Buller; 80 kilometres (50 miles) north of Traralgon; and 129 kilometres (80 miles) northeast of Melbourne.

      Damaged buildings have been reported but no major injuries or deaths have been reported yet.

      The quake was reportedly felt in the states of Victoria and New South Wales, as well as Canberra, Sydney, and Adelaide.