Melbourne buildings damaged in Victorian earthquake and aftershocks expected – as it happened

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Earthquake near Mansfield shakes buildings across Melbourne, with some reports of damage. This blog is now closed

Major earthquake in Victoria rocks south-east Australia

3.39am BST

Well, that was an exciting and slightly scary morning. We are going to close this blog here, but you can continue to follow any new developments on the earthquake via our Australian news liveblog, here.

Let’s just recap on what has happened:

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3.37am BST

The Melbourne building that has featured on all the footage of earthquake damage this morning is Betty’s Burgers & Concrete Co, an American-style burger shop on Chapel Street.

Tim McDonagh, the managing director of Betty’s Burgers, said seeing the damage was surreal and that it was a “catastrophe” in already unusual circumstances.

No one got hurt, so that’s the main thing. Our team is safe, our guests are safe.

If this was a non-lockdown period, someone would have been underneath that.

It’s hard enough to just make ends meet through this period of time without major catastrophes like this.

A large portion of our team are young team members desperate to come back to work. We’re so excited with dining rooms planned to reopen, and now 40 to 50 young team members won’t be able to return to work at this restaurant.

Because we’re in lockdown, we’re so reliant on it, so the last restaurant that we needed to down was this one.

Another angle of Betty’s Burgers – crew working on fallen power lines on Green St #earthquake @GuardianAus

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