The earth also shook in Mpumalanga on Thursday, but “there’s no need for panic”

The earth also shook in Mpumalanga on Thursday, but “there’s no need for panic”

The Council for Geoscience has confirmed there  was a second tremor in Emalahleni in Mpumalanga on Thursday, hours after the tremor near Randfontein on the Gauteng West Rand.

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The Council says the tremor felt in parts of Emalahleni measured at 2.7, while the tremor on the West Rand measured at 2.8.

Spokesperson for the Council, Michelle Grobler says despite these two tremors in two provinces within hours of each other, it’s not unusual.

"All these areas where a tremor was registered this week we had events like this in the past. It is nothing new in those areas that is what happens in seismology.

It is just a repeat of events that have happened in the past," says Grobler.

She has urged the public not to panic.

The reports come just days after Cape Town residents reported shaking following an off-shore earth quake, while a second tremor was also felt shortly afterwards in Durbanville.


West Rand tremor 'no major threat', says Geoscience Council

Preliminary data from the council suggests a 2.8 magnitude tremor hit south-east of Randfontein around midday. This comes few days after Cape Town was hit by 6.2 magnitude tremor struck about 1,600 kilometres offshore. The council's Michelle Grobler says the cause of the tremor is not yet known.

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