Earth tremor felt in Johannesburg

Light earthquake hit Johannesburg

Johannesburg – An earth tremor has been felt in parts of Johannesburg, with a number of people talking to social media to share their experiences.

Date & Time experienced 5 August 2014 @ 12:30

Update: none

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Update on tremor

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – A 5.3 earthquake has shaken buildings in Johannesburg and surrounding areas.

There are no immediate reports of casualties following the tremor Tuesday. The U.S. Geological Survey says it had a magnitude of 5.3. The quake was also felt in Pretoria, the South Africa capital, and Hartbeespoort, a nearby resort town. The USGS said the quake was centred in Orkney, 170 kilometres (105 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.

The area has periodic, moderate tremors, though the quake on Tuesday was one of the strongest in recent years.

Quakes are a concern to mining companies that operate around Johannesburg. Mining is a traditional pillar of industry in South Africa.

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