“Victorian authorities say there is a chance of ‘significant aftershocks’ in the upcoming weeks and months after the state was rocked by the largest earthquake in its history. Geoscience Australia said the first earthquake was detected in the Alpine National Park south-east of Mansfield and north of Rawson around 9:15am and was 10 kilometres deep. It also says the quake is one of the largest earthquakes in eastern Australia since European settlement. The initial quake was followed by six aftershocks, with magnitudes of 3.5, 4.1, 2.5, 3.1, according to Tim Wiebusch, chief officer of operations Victoria’s State Emergency Service” Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports.
“‘Earthquakes are one of those emergencies or hazards that you can’t predict,’ he said. Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said the state was likely to see aftershocks in the weeks and even months ahead. ‘There is still the chance of significant aftershocks to impact Victoria,’ he said, but he added they were unlikely to exceed the magnitude-5.9 quake”