Images of the surprising earthquake in Melbourne

The earth moved in the south of Australia
What's going on?
This does not usually happen
Since 1997 without seismic activity
Fear in the streets
Streets as war scenes
Earthquake and COVID-19
Connection with other planetary phenomena?
Activity inside the planet
Melbourne on alert
The earth moved in the south of Australia

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale shook South Australia. It occurred in the Mansfield area, in the state of Victoria, and its effects were noticeable in Melbourne. This tremor is an absolutely atypical phenomenon in a country where relevant earthquakes do not usually occur.

What's going on?

Buildings were shaking and there was material damage, although, for the moment, no serious injuries or deaths have been reported.

This does not usually happen

It is not common for earthquakes to occur in Australia, so the surprise has been enormous among the population.

Since 1997 without seismic activity

You have to go back to 1997 to remember a similar seismic episode. The worst earthquake on record occurred in 1988 and reached magnitude 6.6.

Fear in the streets

Obviously, people were scared by the earthquake. The houses seemed to be falling. In the end, however, most of the buildings held up well.

Streets as war scenes

Some Melbourne streets looked like theatres of war.

Earthquake and COVID-19

The earthquake occurs in the middle of a COVID-19 crisis. Authorities imposed strict restrictions on the population in order to put a stop to a recent COVID-19 outbreak. There have been some fierce protests in Melbourne against these measures

Connection with other planetary phenomena?

Does the earthquake in Australia have to do with what is happening on the opposite side of the planet? Is there a relationship with the eruptions of volcanoes such as Cumbre Vieja, on the Spanish island of La Palma (in the image), or the Etna in Italy?

Activity inside the planet

The areas lie far enough from each other to assume that there is no clear link between the events. Still, scholars assert that movements inside the planet can produce a domino effect. (In the image, Etna erupting.)

Melbourne on alert

So far, Melbourne has endured the earthquake without major shocks. It was just a scare.

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