Voice of America (Washington, DC)

5 August 2014

South Africa: 5.3 Earthquake Shakes Johannesburg

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.3 hit South Africa on Tuesday, shaking buildings in Johannesburg and killing one person in a nearby town.

The U.S. geological agency says the earthquake was centered six kilometers east of Orkney, a gold-mining town about 170 kilometers southwest of Johannesburg.

Emergency workers say a man in Orkney died when a wall collapsed on him. Mine shafts in the area were evacuated but there were no injuries reported from underground.

South Africa experiences periodic, medium-sized earthquakes. The same area was hit by 4.9 magnitude tremor two months ago.

The South African Press Association says Tuesday's earthquake lasted for about a minute and was felt in several cities, including Cape Town and Durban.

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