No injuries reported after 4.6 earthquake rocks Gauteng

2014-08-22 10:31

No injuries were reported when a 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Joburg in the early hours of this morning.

Johannesburg emergency services spokesperson Nana Radebe said no injuries were reported and they were not called out to help anyone.

ER24 spokeperson Werner Vermaak said they were on standby after the quake struck but they were also not called out.

The United States Geological Survey said on its website that the earthquake occurred 12km west of Orange Farm, which lies south of Johannesburg.

The quake, which happened around 1am, is the second in South Africa in less than three weeks.

On August 5, a 31-year-old man was killed in a mining village near Orkney, North West, when the 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck in the region.

At least 34 miners were injured by the earthquake and more than 600 houses were damaged.

After the first earthquake, the Council for Geoscience in South Africa said more tremors were expected to hit the country.

The manager of the council’s seismology unit, Michelle Grobbelaar, said more tremors and aftershocks were expected in the coming days.

“More tremors are expected. We can expect one of the same magnitude in future, we just don’t know when. We cannot predict.”

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