Johannesburg shaken by 5.0 earthquake
Wessam Khraisat 8 months ago

Johannesburg shaken by 5.0 earthquake

in the early hours of Sunday morning, and has been confirmed by seismologists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

in the early hours of Sunday morning, and has been confirmed by seismologists at the United States Geological Survey (USGS).

Benoni resident Delwyn Verasamy said he felt the tremors at about 2.39am “with 10 to 15 seconds of continuous shaking, enough to wake up from sleeping”.

Verasamy said the intensity of the earthquake set dogs off and sent birds flying away.

 

“I don’t think I’ve felt anything this intense, personally, before,” he said.

 

Various social media reports indicate the quake was felt by residents across Johannesburg.

 

The earthquake struck about 10 kilometres below the surface, and six kilometres SSE of Alberton, according to the USGS.

 

It is unclear at this stage if it has led to any damages or injury.

 

Should the preliminary magnitude of this quake not alter, it will register above the moderate tremor felt in 2019, which registered 4.9.

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake occurred in northeastern South Africa at around 02:38 June 11. The epicenter was about 17 km (10 miles) southeast of Johannesburg. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and moderate-to-light shaking was probably felt in northeastern South Africa, including Johannesburg, and light-to-weak shaking likely occurred in far southeastern Botswana, and Eswatini. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Light aftershocks are likely over the coming days.

 

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake's epicenter.

 

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