‘Durban residents unlikely to feel aftershocks of tremor’

Durban and surrounding areas were hit by a 3.1 magnitude tremor at about 11:30am this morning.

FILE: No injuries have been reported. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Council for Geoscience says while there may be a possibility of aftershocks following a tremor in KwaZulu-Natal, it's very unlikely it will be felt by people.

Durban and surrounding areas were hit by a 3.1 magnitude tremor at about 11:30am this morning.

No injuries have been reported.

Council spokesperson Michelle Grobbelaar said, "The aftershock is always smaller than the main shock. It is 3.1 [magnitude] and people usually start feeling an earthquake at magnitudes of three. So your aftershocks will be a lot smaller and it will be very unlikely that people will be able to feel the aftershocks at all."

She says people should be aware of what to do during a tremor or an earthquake.

"You should take the necessary precautions especially if you feel your life is threatened, [avoid] things like going underneath something that is more solid. If you're outdoors just stay away from anything that can fall down, like power lines, tress and buildings."