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Johannesburg: Residents awake to 4.2 magnitude TREMOR

A number of residents in Johannesburg South awoke to the ground shaking around them on Sunday, 30 October.

Johannesburg South was hit by a 4.2 magnitude tremor

Reports state that seismic activity approximately 10 kilometres from Westonaria resulted in a tremor hitting Joburg South.

eNCA reports that a 4.2 magnitude tremor hit the area adding that this is considered a light earthquake according to the Richter Scale.

Currently, no casualties or damage due to the tremor have been reported.

Residents are urged to be vigilant due to aftershocks

Residents have however been cautioned to remain vigilant. Aftershocks can be felt hours, days or weeks following a tremor or earthquake.

The aftershocks could also cause building damage and injuries due to falling debris.

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Social media users share their experiences

Some residents took to Twitter to share their experiences with this morning’s tremor.

@DeanosT01 said:

“Came through Weltevreden Park, Roodepoort at 04H25. Lasted about 15 seconds.”

@MH1248 asked:

“That was a tremor, right?”

@amitchiba tweeted:

“#earthquake #tremor felt in Johannesburg South at 04H26.”

‘Was that a mini-quake?’ – Alleged tremor ROCKS Johannesburg

On 17 August, it was reported that a number of locals are adamant they were affected by a tremor overnight, which allegedly shook homes and disrupted the peace across the city. One social media user said the sensation ‘felt like an explosion’.

Johannesburg is no stranger to the occasional tremor. As recently as 17 July 2022, a 3.8 on the Richter Scale was recorded in the metropolitan area. The supposed seismic activity detected in Jozi last night is likely to be milder, ranging from 2.0 to 3.0, given its light impact.

Domestic experts are yet to make a declaration – but the team at VolcanicDiscovery DID catch some rumblings underfoot.

“We are receiving reports of ground-shaking, possibly caused by seismic activity in or near Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 16 Aug 2022 at approximately 21:29 GMT [23:29 SAST]. The location, magnitude and time mentioned are indicative, based on our best-fit seismic model,” said VolcanicDiscovery. Read the full story here.

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