If you live in Johanesburg and swear you felt the earth move in the early hours of Sunday, there is a pretty good chance you felt a tremor. Several regions in the area, including the East Rand, were shook by the seismic event.
This was confirmed by Gauteng Weather, which said a 3.1 magnitude tremor was recorded between Brakpan and Springs just before 01:00 on Sunday, 28 August 2022.
A number of Johannesburg citizens took to Twitter to describe their experiences following the tremor. The last time the seismic event occurred was only more than a week ago, but this was yet to be confirmed by the Council of Geosciences.
The supposed seismic activity detected in Jozi last night is likely to be a little milder, ranging between 2.0 to 3.0, given its light impact. Domestic experts are yet to make a declaration – but the team at VolcanicDiscovery DID catch some rumblings underfoot.
“We are receiving reports of ground-shaking, possibly caused by seismic activity in or near Johannesburg, Gauteng, on 16 Aug 2022 at approximately 21:29 GMT [23:29 SAST]. The location, magnitude and time mentioned are indicative, based on our best-fit seismic model.” | VolcanicDiscovery
Johannesburg is no stranger to the occasional tremor. As recently as 17 July 2022, a 3.8 on the Richter Scale was recorded in the metropolitan area – which fell just short or the 4.0 threshold needed to declare an actual earthquake.