Early morning earthquake rattles Gauteng


Map showing the epicentre of the August 22, 2014 earthquake which struck approximately 12km west of Orange Farm in Gauteng, at a magnitude of 4.6 on the Richter Scale.

JOHANNESBURG - Another earthquake has struck South Africa, this one measuring 4.6 on the Richter Scale, as reported by the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The quake struck around 12km (7.5 miles) west of Orange Farm (south of Johannesburg) in Gauteng, around 01:14 CAT early Friday morning.

The epicentre of this morning&39;s quake was closer to Johannesburg than that of the 5.5 magnitude Orkney quake 17 days ago. Orkney lies in the North West province, approximately 170km (106 miles) south west of Johannesburg, whereas Orange Farm lies approximately 45 km (28 miles) south of the city.

The August 5 quake -- the country&39;s most powerful in more than 40 years -- killed a 31-year-old homeless man. He died after a brick wall collapsed on him. Around 34 miners were injured by that earthquake, and more than 400 houses were destroyed

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