KZN was rocked by a magnitude 3.8 earthquake on Thursday morning.
uMzinyathi District Municipality, 36 km northeast of Pietermaritzburg, KZN reported an early morning “earthquake” but according to international seismic experts at Volcano Discovery at this point, it cannot be classified as an earthquake.
However, according to experts the tremor is yet to be classified and will need to be verified by at least one international or national seismological agency.
Several residents from various parts of KwaZulu-Natal reported feeling the tremor which lasted several seconds at 04h00 Thursday morning.
Meanwhile, Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs MEC Sipho Hlomuka has called for calm as Disaster Management officials have reported no major incident following the tremor.
Some of the areas in KZN that reported the tremor included:
- Ottawa Verulam
- Phoenix, Durban
- Waterfall, KZN
- Newlands West
- Impala road, Kloof
- Wandale place Briardale Newlands west
- Durban North
- Waterfall Durban
Residents reported hearing a low rumble like thunder before windows and their homes rattled and shook. Those closer to the epicentre of the tremor reported that it sounded like an explosion had gone off.
An earthquake occurs when two blocks of earth slip past the other suddenly. Earthquakes generally have foreshocks prior to the mainshock and are often followed by aftershocks.