'Soweto tremor caused by water flow into abandoned mines'

The council has confirmed that a tremor was recorded at a preliminary magnitude of 2.5.

FILE: A tremor was felt in parts of Soweto this morning. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The council for geoscience says a tremor felt in parts of Soweto this morning was likely caused by the flow of water into abandoned mines in the area.

The council has confirmed that a tremor was recorded at a preliminary magnitude of 2.5 on the local Richter scale.

The council for geo-science's Michelle Grobbelaar said, "Probably only really in and around Soweto did the people experience this. It's probably related to the previous ones that we felt in the same area. We suspects it's related to the water flow into the abandoned mines."

Last year a tremor measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale hit the country affecting mostly the north province leaving one person dead and 17 others injured.