Magnitude 2.7 earthquake hits Gauteng’s West Rand district
Seismologists are analysing the data
An earthquake struck the West Rand district of Gauteng on Wednesday evening, said the Council for Geoscience (CGS), as reported by Pretoria News, a partner of TV BRICS.
“The earthquake was localised by the CGS automatic location system through the South African National Seismographic Network, with a preliminary local magnitude of about 2.7. The event is estimated to have occurred in the Randfontein region of West Rand,” said the Council in a statement.
CGS added that seismologists are analysing the data and will report the exact location and magnitude of the seismic event once completed.
The seismic event was reportedly felt by residents of Roodepoort, Krugersdorp, Randfontein and Soweto.
In July, the CGS confirmed an earthquake near the Harmony Doornkop gold mine, located in the West Rand district of Gauteng state.
“The magnitude of the earthquake was approximately 2.98 as recorded by the South African National Seismographic Network (SANSN),” said the council in a statement.
A magnitude 4.4 earthquake struck Gauteng in June. According to the council, the epicentre was in the Boksburg area, a few kilometres from the East Rand Propriety Mine in Johannesburg.