UPDATE: Earthquake hoax continues to cause panic in SA

Social media is abuzz after a message was posted about an earthquake warning.

The message encourages people to stay awake and says the earthquake will occur on Wednesday around 02:00.

The message reads as follows:

Please be advised that the earthquake that happened in some parts of Africa is not yet over because its in rotation form. The reaserchers under geography are encouraging people to stay awake because a massive earthquake is going to occur tomorrow morning at around 2am.It has been proved that the earthquake is caused by the lava of the volcano that is underpressure benearth the earth’s surface ready to be exposed to the earth’s surface.Countries expected to be affected are Zimbabwe, Botswana, Zambia, part of South Africa, Mozambique,Malawi, Ghana and Madagascar.

 Tonight at 00: 30 to 03: 30 make sure to turn off the phone, cellular, tablet, etc … and put away from your body.Singapore television announced the news. Please tell your family and friends. Tonight, 12:30 to 3:30 for our planet will be very high radiation. Cosmic rays will pass close to Earth. So please turn off your cell phone. Do not leave your device close to your body, it can cause you terrible damage. Check Google and NASA BBC News. Send this message to all the people who matter to you. FORWARDED AS RECEIVEDPS#CancerIsReal

The council for Geoscience could not be reached to verify the information at the time of going to press.

The council however, released a statement on Monday assuring South Africans that there was no eminent threat to the country.

Also read: Pretoria earthquake related to Botswana earthquake

Council for Geoscience spokesperson Mahlatse Mononela said the relative stability of the African craton plates was proof that there was no danger.

“We’d also like to take the country into confidence by assuring the citizenry that there is no cause for panic,” said Mononela.

“A capable team of seismologists has been dispatched to Botswana to investigate the earthquake further.”

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