Strong earthquake strikes Johannesburg, tremors felt across Gauteng province


South Africa’s Johannesburg was shaken by a 5.0 magnitude earthquake on Sunday, throwing tremors across the country’s most populous province, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The tremor struck at 2:38 am (0038 GMT) or 6:08 AM (IST) around 10 kilometres (six miles) below the surface, the USGS said.

Buildings shook across the province of Gauteng, where Johannesburg, the country’s largest city and commercial hub, is located.

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Residents across the province felt the tremor and some posted pictures on social media showing minor structural damage to walls.

In August 2014, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit a gold mining town near Johannesburg.

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The last major quake to hit South Africa was a 6.3-magnitude tremor that struck the Western Cape province in 1969.


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