Bizarre moment Scott Morrison faces 5.8-magnitude earthquake press conference in Melbourne
Bizarre moment Scott Morrison faces Melbourne earthquake press conference – after days of silence over the violent rampage of anti-vax trades that has crippled the city
- Melbourne was rocked by a 5.8 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday morning
- Scott Morrison addresses the Washington public at a press conference
- He said he understood that people in the affected areas would be “disturbed” by the event.
Scott Morrison hosted a press conference from Washington DC to provide an update on the 5.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Melbourne and the Victoria region on Wednesday.
No deaths were recorded, but tremors were felt as far as New South Wales and Tasmania, with a Melbourne burger restaurant taking the brunt of the damage.
The epicenter of the quake was 10 km deep near Mansfield in eastern Victoria at 9:15 a.m. Wednesday morning, according to Geoscience Australia.
“It can be a very, very worrying event for an earthquake of this nature,” the Prime Minister said at a Wednesday morning AEST press conference.
“These are very rare occurrences in Australia and therefore I am sure people would have been quite anxious and disturbed by this, especially in the more immediate affected areas.”
Scott Morrison held a press conference from Washington to take stock of the 5.8 earthquake that rocked Melbourne and the Victoria area on Wednesday
Mr Morrison said he had been in contact with Victorian Prime Minister Daniel Andrews and Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, saying it was “good news” that no serious injuries had been reported.
“But, of course, these are the first reports and I remain concerned and have asked the Deputy Prime Minister to keep me informed of developments,” he said.
Emergency Management Australia will liaise with state authorities to provide care to anyone in need following the earthquake.
The earthquake is the largest that Victoria has experienced since European colonization in 1834.
Damage to the exterior of Betty’s Burgers on Chapel Street in Windsor following an earthquake
Images have emerged of a partially collapsed Betty’s Burgers restaurant on Chapel St in Melbourne city center after a magnitude 6 earthquake
A Betty’s Burgers restaurant on Chapel St partially collapsed in the earthquake which was followed by a 4.0 magnitude aftershock 18 minutes later.
Melbourne’s office and apartment buildings have been evacuated, but no injuries have been reported so far.
Mr Morrison also finally addressed the violent protests in Melbourne this week by disgruntled construction workers – after days of silence on the issue.
“My message is very simple and it is that none of us are above the law,” he said.
“The events in Melbourne of the protests are of great concern and this is unacceptable behavior and especially at a time when those in Victoria are facing blockages and many other stresses.
“We are going to get over this, but the protest activities and what we saw there are very distressing and it is not an appropriate response to try to deal with an epidemic of this nature.”
His comments follow two days of savage protests by workers protesting against vaccine warrants for traders.
Protests took a bad turn in Melbourne on Monday, prompting Prime Minister Andrews to shut down the construction industry for two weeks.
Hundreds of protesters – many wearing high-visibility glasses – marched to state parliament on Tuesday to rally against orders for mandatory vaccines
The CFMEU union building was targeted by demonstrators who threw bottles and smashed windows.
About 2,000 anti-vaccination and freedom activists and traders rampaged through the city for ten hours on Tuesday and more occurred on Wednesday.
Police – who were taken aback by the hastily organized protest – said 62 people were arrested on Tuesday after footage showed violent thugs attacking police by throwing cans or beating them in the street.
Mr Morrison has already been criticized for being slow to respond to emergencies unfolding in Australia.
In the devastating 2019/2020 bushfires, the Prime Minister was convicted of vacationing in Hawaii at a time when his country was in distress.
Footage shows police handcuffing at least one male and two female protesters on Wednesday morning
The protests began on Monday against the new COVID-19 vaccine requirements for construction workers, but have turned into a larger and sometimes violent protest. Pictured: An arrest Wednesday