Source of Gauteng tremors found

2013-12-03 12:49


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Cape Town – The source of tremors that rocked areas of Gauteng on Monday night has been located by the Council for Geoscience.

“We’ve located it at about 20-30km southeast of Bela-Bela, recorded at 21:18 and it had a magnitude of four on the Richter scale,” manager of the seismology unit at the Council for Geoscience, Michelle Grobbelaar, told News24.

“It was felt quite widely all the way to Parkhurst in Johannesburg, Centurion, Roodepoort, Hartbeespoort Dam, and Witbank. From the reports I’ve received people have experienced vibrations and rattling of windows,” she said.

In mid-November tremors of a similar magnitude rattled areas around Gauteng sparking fears that this may become a trend.

Grobbelaar says it is very difficult to identify a trend as events have been recorded in the Bela-Bela area previously.

“It’s not something new to our data, but I think in the past it hasn’t been big enough for people to feel - so this is the biggest one where we actually had reports from people,” she said.

“One can’t say that there is an increase because they [the events] are not really next to each other so we cannot assume that they’re linked.”

The cause of the tremors are unknown but Grobbelaar said a team will be sent out to get more information from the public. There have been no reports of human injury or infrastructural damage.

The Council for Geoscience has called on the public to complete an earthquake questionnaire if affected.

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