Earthquake rocks Botswana, leaves aftershocks in Africa

Published on : Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Botswana-11A violent earthquake measuring between 6.3 and 6.5 on the Richter scale struck the region of Botswana. The aftershocks were felt as far away as the area of Gauteng on Monday night.


This quake actually struck prior to 8 p.m. at a distance of nearly 250 kms away from the capital of Gaborone.


The earthquake was felt across Limpopo, Mpumalanga, North West and large portions of Gauteng. Therefore, it shook the buildings.


The suburbs in Johannesburg where the tremor were also felt were Pretoria, Boksburg, Roodepoort, Centurion, Rosebank and Illovo.


TMG Digital reported that an earth tremor measuring nearly about 4.6 magnitude on the Richter scale had actually taken place earlier on the day in Krugersdorp on the West Rand of Gauteng in the mining town of Stilfontein. The epicenter of the quake was 2 kms underground.


Ian Sanders who is a seismologist at the Council for Geoscience said that the violent earthquake of Monday’s quake was quite a ‘serious’ one.


He went on to add that the Monday quake is a very big magnitude earthquake. Currently, they have been assembling teams to be dispatched to Botswana. Already, there are many teams that are heading to the earthquake zone from earlier in the day.


He added that during the current stage it is yet to be known if this quake can be linked to the one in Klerksdorp. Currently, they are waiting for reports of injuries, damage and probably deaths.


The aftershock was reportedly felt as far away as Durban.



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