The tremors were felt by people along the east coast of Australia: in Victoria, Canberra and even in parts of Sydney, Bathurst and Dubbo.
Images of crumbled buildings have flooded social media, with rubble scattered across the ground along Melbourne’s iconic Chapel Street. 
Chapel Street in South Yarra appearing badly hit with damage. Picture: Getty Images
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A second shock was reported close to the Mansfield epicentre about 15 minutes later at a magnitude of 4.0.
Residents from metropolitan Melbourne to Geelong and Gippsland have reported violent shaking and one Twitter user said tremors had been felt as far as Tasmania.
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A second social media user joked “Melbourne police weren’t kidding when they said they were going to change tactics to combat the protestors today!”
Meanwhile a third pointed out the earthquake had breached the 10 kilometre radius rule and would be fined.
Chief Health Officer Brett Sutton also tweeted, “No more horses of the apocalypse, please. Hope everyone OK. #earthquake”.
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Melbourne University’s Mark Quigley told The Age the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.5 to 5.8 with the epicentre 100 kilometres from Melbourne.
“For an earthquake of that magnitude, we would expect to get hundreds of small aftershocks. We could get aftershocks in the range of 4.5 magnitude,” he said.
“There is no assurance you couldn’t get larger earthquakes.”
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The angry mob of tradies who marched through Melbourne’s CBD on Tuesday have promised to return and stage a third protest on Wednesday.
Event Organisers who oppose the vaccine mandate and two-week shutdown of the Victorian construction centre have promised to rally “every day” until their demands are met.
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