Pictures of Melbourne’s earthquake

At around 9am this morning, Melbourne was hit with a magnitude 6.0 earthquake – quite large and uncommon for Australia, which sits on a tectonic plate.

I was busy writing up an article when suddenly my computer and desk started to shake and I heard a noise that sounded like a washing machine spin cycle.

I quickly grabbed my daughter and rushed outside, only to be greeted with every neighbour in the street who had done likewise.

I live in a solid brick house and was relieved to find no structural damage. However, others across Melbourne were not so lucky, with pictures emerging of some significant damage.

Below are a sample of choice videos and pictures that have appeared across news sites and social media:

As if 2021 couldn’t get any crazier.

Have any of our Victorian readers experienced damage?

Unconventional Economist


  1. Arthur Schopenhauer

    Got some seriously cracked brickwork under a corner window. The bricks above the window have bowed out about half an inch.
    Other than that, fine.

  2. I quickly grabbed my daughter and rushed outside, only to be greeted with every neighbour in the street who had done likewise.

    Is it weird that your neighbours would also grab your daughter?

  3. darklydrawlMEMBER

    Whole house shook – I was on a work call which I just left without notice and quickly took the kids into the backyard. Plenty of hairline cracks around the interior ceilings, especially where the ajoin the walls.

    • Arthur Schopenhauer

      Unless you have recent photos prior to the quake, easy for them to claim existing conditions.

      • Even StevenMEMBER

        An assessor will have a look at it. Determine if it seems reasonable it was caused by quake (taking into account all circumstances) and make a judgement call. If you disagree with assessor you can put your case to insurer. If still no luck, then go to AFCA (complaints authority). AFCA’s decision is final and cannot be challenged by insurer.

  4. I discovered that an earthquake does wake an 18 year old!
    All good here in outer east, shaken not stirred.. I was in online meeting at the time, this event seemed to go on and on and the others could see my light fitting shaking, see stuff on the shelf rocking, and hear the rattle of everything before we called an end. Freaked the dog out though. I noticed my neighbour originally from Christchurch just kept working ….

  5. Most friends I’ve spoken to were surprised and shaken. The one that wasn’t grew up in Japan. ” That pathetic thing? That wasn’t an earthquake.” Many giggles about it had by friends in NZ as well. It’s all relative, I guess.

  6. No visible damage to my joint but I really don’t know what to look for, no internal cracks in my house or anything visible externally

    • check externally, especially if its brick. my place was perfect inside, but the exterior is cracked. also walk around in bare feet and check that your floor is still level, probably not big enough if on a slab but if on piles its possible for them to have shifted. Sometimes the damage wont show up for a few months as the house moves off its piles slowly, took me about 3 months to figure out that part of the floor was lower than the rest.

  7. So which one of you Melbourne members is going to start selling “I survived 5.9” T-shirts online?

  8. ErmingtonPlumbingMEMBER

    This sounds like the Chinese have developed earthquake weaponry to me.
    How is Stan Grant going to explain that away!

    • darklydrawlMEMBER

      I figured it was the Israeli space laser taking some calibrations shots before the summer fire season starts.

  9. reusachtigeMEMBER

    I was really hoping to see some protestors take advantage of all those bricks laying around Melbourne at the moment!

    • Take them home, build a granny flat in the back yard which they could rent out to some Chinamen ladies?