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Earthquake 5.0-Magnitude Strikes Gauteng, South Africa

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The United States Geological Survey stated that a 5.0-magnitude earthquake occurred on Sunday in Johannesburg, shaking buildings throughout South Africa’s most populous district.

According to the USGS, the tremor occurred at 2:38 am (0:38 GMT) and was centered around 10 kilometers (six miles) underground.

In the Gauteng province, home to Johannesburg, the nation’s largest city and business center, buildings began to tremble.

Province-wide residents felt the tremor, and several shared photos on social media of minor wall structure damage.

A gold mining community near Johannesburg was struck by an earthquake with a 5.3 magnitude in August 2014.

The Western Cape province was rocked by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 1969, which was the last significant earthquake to occur in South Africa.

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