No injuries after Gauteng quake

2014-08-22 08:49

Johannesburg - No injuries were reported when an earthquake hit Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning, paramedics said.

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

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak said they were on stand-by after the quake struck, but they were also not called out.

Orange Farm

The US Geological Survey said on its website that a 4.6 magnitude earthquake occurred 12 kilometres west of Orange Farm, a township south of Johannesburg.

The Council for Geoscience later said the quake was 3.8 magnitude, and not 4.6 as estimated by the US Geological Survey.

"It's the same event. The USGS measurement is done by a machine, and the stations they use are not in as close proximity to the quake as ours, and that's why it's different," council seismology unit manager Michelle Grobbelaar said.

The quake, which happened around 01:00, is the second in South Africa in less than three weeks.

On 5 August, 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.

More tremors expected

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

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."

  • Sipho Friek Van Tonder - 2014-08-22 08:54

    Jeez I didnt hear a thing, I guess thats how ppl end up in heaven unbeknown to them..

      Lorraine Letsobe - 2014-08-22 09:13

      At first it was like a dream,but when i saw the news this morning i realized it was an earthquak.strange because i never felt the first one at all but i was wild awake.we just have to wait for the big one to dig us underground....

      Oskar E Scharf - 2014-08-22 10:06

      I was working @ 1.15 - I heard a Rumble coming from the South - Not nearly as bad as the previous one. But we should switch computers off at night as one does not know if shorted wires could cause a power surge

  • Cindy Zoutendyk - 2014-08-22 09:04

    In Kyalami - big stone house - walls shook!! Thought I was dreaming...think I felt it again a few mins later?

  • Stuart Shaw - 2014-08-22 09:21

    It wasn't an earthquake, they were blasting to build another bunker for JZ to hide!

      Mothi Just-ice Mokotjo - 2014-08-22 09:39

      Uya phapha...

  • Evthimia Nikitidis - 2014-08-22 09:28

    I felt the earthquake this morning at around 01:22 mins.

      Oskar E Scharf - 2014-08-22 10:18

      It is not instantaious - So people furher away from the Epicenter would feel the shock wave later

  • Chris Viljoen - 2014-08-22 09:32

    It woke me up, around 3 i think ,

  • Nin Ja Kitty - 2014-08-22 09:43

    So this is the story, there was a protest and possible stampede in Parliament and there was a 4.6 quake:) Seriously, pleased that there were no injuries.

  • Ayanda Andy Al - 2014-08-22 09:44

    I think it's targeting to destroy the e-toll gantries.

      Debbie Dutton - 2014-08-22 10:56

      Haha - nice one Ayanda.

  • Yvonne Kabasa - 2014-08-22 09:57

    i felt it i was awake but since they was a lot of wind i did not think that the quake had hit second time around

      Oskar E Scharf - 2014-08-22 10:11

      You right - maybe the strong wind hid the effect of the quake

  • Tharollo Radzi Makina - 2014-08-22 10:15

    I wasn't sure what was going on...until the media reported it... Rollo@pta

  • Sphiwe Isaac Skhosana - 2014-08-22 10:31

    what will happn to south africa???

  • Lungiswa Klaas - 2014-08-22 11:18

    Now we are living in fear of not knowing when is the next quake

  • Eduard Louw - 2014-08-22 12:40

    The end is way or another.

  • Itumeleng Marota - 2014-08-22 16:05

    heard nothing felt nothing....and i had a very good night

  • Tian Nel - 2014-08-22 18:08

    what quake?

  • Laetitia De Beer - 2014-08-23 11:35

    The information does not help if they don't say how deep the quake was. All depends on depth. 4 at 20km deep can do much more damage than a 5 at 120km deep. Seen and lived through that in Christchurch, New Zealand with the September and February quakes and all the aftershocks. Chch still shaking, only small once.

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