Kaya News Reporter
A magnitude 3.1 ‘quake’ hit Boksburg, East of Johannesburg on Wednesday.
According to the Council of GeoScience the tremor measured 3.1 on the Richter Scale. The council confirmed the tremor as an earthquake based on the seismic activity.
This isn’t the first time that the area experienced tremors of a similar magnitude. Earlier this year, in July, a 3.5 magnitude quake was recorded in the area.
CCTV footage shows the moment the quake hits Boksburg.
🤯🤯🤯 MUST SEE: INSANE CCTV FOOTAGE OF WEDNESDAY MORNING’S 3-MAGNITUDE TREMOR IN BOKSBURG. JUST LISTEN TO THAT THUD!!! 🔊 | 📹 A JACOBS pic.twitter.com/bbbod3BrBp
— Gauteng Weather (@tWeatherSA) October 27, 2021
The Council of GeoScience has encouraged the public to share their experiences with them. There’s an online questionnaire available on their website.
Statement on the seismic event that occurred in the East Rand area this morning. pic.twitter.com/NEq9TZ1ZHd
— CGS (@CGS_RSA) October 27, 2021
Data from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said the earthquake occurred 20km east of Johannesburg and was 10km deep.
Earthquakes occur when stress accumulated in solid rock is suddenly released along fault lines.
When the rocks break along the fault line, the energy released is converted into seismic waves.
While many people shared they felt the tremor, there have been no reports of damages.