An earthquake shook buildings in Johannesburg and surrounding areas in South Africa's most populous province on Tuesday.
The magnitude-5.3 quake was centered in Orkney, 170 kilometers (105 miles) southwest of Johannesburg, the U.S. Geological Survey said. Lindy Sirayi, a guesthouse owner in Orkney, said the tremor broke glass lampshades and cracked a wall, and that dogs started barking during the quake, which lasted about a minute. She said she received a telephone call informing her that two people were injured at a nearby mine. Aftershocks were felt, but the electricity in the guesthouse stayed on, Sirayi said. There are gold-mining operations in Orkney. Quakes are a concern to mining companies that operate around Johannesburg, the biggest city in Gauteng province. Mining is a traditional pillar of industry in South Africa.
PHOTO: Collapsed wall #Orkney #earthquake. One fatality when the collapsed on him. pic.twitter.com/RFud6Xh695 — ER24 EMS (Pty) Ltd ® (@ER24EMS) August 5, 2014
The quake was also felt in Pretoria, the South African capital, and Hartbeespoort, a nearby resort town.
The area has periodic, moderate tremors, though the quake on Tuesday was one of the strongest in recent years.
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