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Earthquake rattled parts of Johannesburg this morning

Parts of western and southern Joburg have been rattled by an early morning earthquake.

It’s believed that the epicentre of the 3.3 magnitude tremor was located between Carletonville and Westonaria.

The quake was felt by residents as far away as the Vaal at about 6:30am.

The Council for Geoscience’s chief scientist Eldridge Kgaswane: “If we get earthquakes beyond a local magnitude scale of 4 that should be a cause for concern because according to our standards you’re actually starting to go into huge magnitude scales.”

Kgaswane said that the latest earthquake was likely related to nearby mining activity.

“It is rational to say that it could be mining related. It’s not clear as to what type of mining activity could have caused this if it is mining-related,” Kgaswane said.

Earth tremors in Gauteng are usually caused by mining activities as opposed to a shift in tectonic plates.

Volcano Discovery said the exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised as seismologists review data and refine their calculations or as other agencies issue their reports.

“Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

“We are receiving unverified early reports of ground shaking possibly caused by seismic activity in or South Africa on 18 Jan 2022 (GMT) at approximately 04:32.”

Volcano Discovery

Residents said they could feel the quakes. Some said walls and furniture were shaking.


“I felt it at 06:34, I was laying in bed. I started feeling a rattling sound and there was vibration, the door, bed was shaking and the windows rattling,” a resident said.




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