The Riverina appears to have escaped unharmed after a major earthquake more than 300 kilometres away sent tremors across the region this morning.
The magnitude 5.9 earthquake was registered just south of Mansfield in Victoria at about 9:15am, according to Geoscience Australia.
The earthquake caused damage to buildings in regional Victoria and Melbourne, and tremors were felt in Sydney, Canberra, Adelaide and Launceston as well as towns across the Riverina.
Six aftershocks, ranging from magnitude 4.1 to magnitude 2.4, were recorded at the same location over the next few hours and experts are warning more could come over the next few weeks.
No reports of major structural damage have been received in NSW and there are no reports of serious injuries at this stage.
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According to Geoscience Australia the initial earthquake is the largest ever recorded in Victoria since European settlement.
Senior seismologist Trevor Allen said while the earthquake in itself was rare, it shouldn't be unexpected that a quake of this magnitude could occur.
"An earthquake of this magnitude is quite rare in Australia however we have had earthquakes in the Southern Highlands region in the past," Mr Allen said.
Just witnessed an earthquake in Wagga Wagga, The bed me and the kids were sitting on was rattling and an underground rumble was very audible. We were shocked and ran out to see what was going on... pretty terrifying experience (about 15 minutes back)!— Dr Razia Shaik (@RaziaShaik1) September 21, 2021
Mr Allen said aftershocks from the earthquake could be set to occur over the next few weeks.
"This is a relatively fluid situation in terms of our estimates of magnitude and location," Mr Allen said.
"It's very difficult to know what will happen in the future as we are unable to predict future earthquakes however we can expect aftershocks of potentially up to magnitude 5 on the Richter scale for potentially another month."
Hospitals across the Murrumbidgee Local Health District enacted their emergency management plans following the quake, however no patient evacuations were required.
Some services were briefly paused at the hospitals while the situation was assessed and inspections of all facilities will take place.
Bronwen Keyes is a resident in Springvale just outside of Wagga and she felt the earthquake while sitting in her living room.
"We were just watching the news and we noticed this vibration and we looked and our windows were all shaking," Mrs Keyes said.
"We're on a big concrete slab so it's not like you're on piers where everything would move but my husband could feel the floor shaking and the roof was shaking as well."
"I ended up going outside just to see what was going on it was just bizarre."
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