Klerksdorp tremor: Resident describes shock & damage

According to the Council for Geoscience, compared to South African standards it was a strong minor earth quake.

A screengrab of the tremor in the Stilfontein area. Picture: US Geological Survey.

JOHANNESBURG – While it’s still unclear whether an earth tremor in the North West has been triggered by the mining activity, some Klerksdorp residents have described how their walls cracked and windows broke as a result.

Gauteng residents as far as Centurion and the West Rand felt the after math of the tremor with its epicentre traced to Klerksdorp gold mine area.

The Richter Scale showed a reading of 4.6 magnitude and recorded the tremor travelling 2km deep.

According to the Council for Geoscience, compared to South African standards it was a strong minor earth quake.

A woman from Orkney described how her house has been damaged by the tremor.

“I woke to a huge bump and the ceiling rattling, the windows rattling and my bed shaking while in my kitchen there were tiles lying on my dining room carpet. I have a huge crack in the wall where I can see the light from outside.”