The quake struck near Mansfield, 190 kilometres from Melbourne, at about 9.15am on Wednesday, with shaking felt across the state and as far away as Canberra and in New South Wales.
Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co on the corner of Chapel Street and Green Street in Windsor, an inner suburb of Melbourne, was one of the hardest-hit buildings following the tremor.
Dozens of bricks were seen strewn along the ground outside the restaurant after the facade caved in.
Betty’s Burgers on Chapel Street is seen damaged on Wednesday morning following an earthquake in Victoria. Picture: Getty Images
Managing Director Troy McDonagh appeared on Sky News Australia on Thursday morning as the clean-up of the Windsor store continued.
“When we got here yesterday and arrived on site … I equated it to a bit of a warzone. Lots of debris,” he told Sky News host Peter Stefanovic.
Mr McDonagh said engineers attended on Wednesday night to assess the damage, with early indications suggesting it could be “a number of months” before reopening.
“Hopefully today we’ll start to get a bit of an idea about the extent of the damage and timeframes on when we can likely reopen,” he said.
“There’s fairly extensive damage to the building itself.”
Managing Director Troy McDonagh appeared on Sky News Australia on Thursday morning as the clean-up of the Windsor store continued
The inside of the building has not yet been assessed.
Mr McDonagh said it was “so fortunate” there were no injuries as no one was inside the building or nearby outside.
If the city wasn’t in lockdown, “there could have been injury to people and that would have been the last thing we wanted”.
On Wednesday afternoon, Victoria SES confirmed the state experienced a magnitude 5.9 earthquake and six aftershock events, warning of further “significant” tremors.
Victorian Emergency Management Commissioner Andrew Crisp said it was unlikely there will be aftershocks that will “equal or exceed” Wednesday morning’s earthquake.
Workers inspect the damaged facade of Betty’s Burgers on Thursday. Picture: Getty Images
“However, there is a chance of significant aftershocks to impact Victoria,” Commissioner Crisp said during an SES briefing.
“There is the potential for aftershocks.”
The SES received more than 100 requests for assistance, 55 of which were in the Melbourne metropolitan area.
SES Chief Operations Officer Tim Wiebusch said most of the callouts were related to minor structural damage to chimneys and facades on buildings.
A fence blocks Betty’s Burgers after it was significantly damaged amid Victoria’s earthquake. Picture: Getty Images

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