No link between Gauteng tremors – expert

2013-12-03 15:19

A magnitude four earth tremor struck near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, the Council for Geoscience has said.

The tremor, which occurred yesterday at 9.20pm, was felt as far afield as Parkhurst and Randburg in Johannesburg, Hartebeespoort Dam in North West, Witbank and KwaMhlanga in Mpumalanga, and Soshanguve near Pretoria, seismology unit manager Michelle Grobbelaar said.

The epicentre was approximately 25km south-east of Bela-Bela.

On November 18, an earth tremor of a similar magnitude shook Johannesburg, with its epicentre near the University of Johannesburg in Auckland Park.

A tremor of this magnitude could make hanging pictures swing and create a sensation similar to vibrations caused by a large truck passing, according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale.

It could cause windows and dishes to rattle, and could make stationary cars rock slightly.

Grobbelaar said it was not suspected the two events were linked.

“Due to the distance between the two, we do not suspect that there is any relationship between this one and the one on November 18,” she said.

Excited South Africans posted their experiences on Earthquake-report.com.

A Johannesburg resident wrote: “... I felt the bed tremble and the roof creaked and groaned loudly as if there was someone on the roof. This lasted no more than three seconds. I was freaked out.”

A person from Hammanskraal, north of Pretoria posted: “It felt like a truck just hit a wall or something.”

A resident of Warmbaths, Limpopo, described it as “almost like someone was playing super loud bass music”.

Join the conversation!

24.com encourages commentary submitted via MyNews24. Contributions of 200 words or more will be considered for publication.

We reserve editorial discretion to decide what will be published.
Read our comments policy for guidelines on contributions.

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
0 comments
Comments have been closed for this article.

Inside News24

 
/News

Book flights

Compare, Book, Fly

Traffic Alerts
Traffic
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.




Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.