Tremors felt in Greytown

2016-02-10 06:00

A NUMBER of Greytonians said they definitely felt tremors from the earthquake that shook KZN coastal regions last Saturday measuring 3.8m on the Richter scale.

“We recorded it as a magnitude 3.8 off the coast of Umhlanga, which agrees with the reports we received of how people experienced the event,” council for Geoscience seismologist Michelle Grobbelaar said on Sunday.

Initial readings indicated that the quake was located at a depth of five kilometres.

“By the time the seismic waves reached the shore, a lot of the intensity had dissipated and that is why their experience was similar to the intensity of a magnitude three earthquake inland,” she said.

The quake, which happened on Saturday at 11.30am, had social media abuzz with thousands of people ?taking to websites such as Facebook and Twitter, reporting they had felt the quake from as far south as Margate up to Richards Bay in the north, and as far inland as Pietermaritzburg.

There were no reports of any damage caused by the tremor, which lasted a few seconds. - ANA Newswire.

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