Gauteng tremor

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JUST IN: West Rand rattled by 3.3 magnitude tremor

The quake on Tuesday morning hit at a shallow depth of 10 km. The shaking was reported for a few seconds, before normality was restored.

Gauteng tremor

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The Council for GeoScience in South Africa has confirmed that it recorded an earthquake measuring 3.3 on the Richter Scale, with the tremor taking place early on Tuesday morning in the West Rand in South Africa.

SHAKING FELT BY RESIDENTS IN THE AREA

It’s understood that the tremor in West Rand was felt just after 04:00 Tuesday morning. The shaking was reported for a few seconds before normality was restored. Many people were unaffected, and social media has been flooded by people saying that the earth had moved for them.

Volcano Discovery said the exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised as seismologists review data and refine their calculations or as other agencies issue their reports.

“Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

“We are receiving unverified early reports of ground shaking possibly caused by seismic activity in or South Africa on 18 Jan 2022 (GMT) at approximately 04:32.”

Volcano Discovery

Residents said they could feel the quakes. Some said walls and furniture were shaking. 

DOORS AND BED WERE SHAKING AND THE WINDOWS RATTLING’

“I felt it at 06:34, I was laying in bed. I started feeling a rattling sound and there was vibration, the door, bed was shaking and the windows rattling,” a resident said.

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