Johannesburg tremor

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ICYMI: Part of Joburg was rocked by tremor last week Sunday

Several regions in Johannesburg, including the East Rand, were shook by a seismic event in the early hours of last week Sunday

Johannesburg tremor

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If you live in Johanesburg and swear you felt the earth move in the early hours of last week Sunday, 28 August 2022, 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 two weeks 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.