One killed in earthquake

Photo/Twitter/ER24
Photo/Twitter/ER24

A man, in his 30s, was killed on Tuesday after a wall collapsed on him during the earthquake which hit South Africa on Tuesday.

According to ER24 spokesperson Luyanda Majija, the man’s body was found under rubble after a building’s wall collapsed in Orkney, North-West.

“We responded to a call just after 13:00 and arrived on scene and paramedics declared him dead,” she said.

The U.S. Geological Survey said on their website that the quake had a magnitude of 5.3.

The quake happened 6km east of Orkney.

The tremors were felt across Pretoria and as far as Botswana.

The area has periodic, moderate tremors, though the quake on Tuesday was one of the strongest in recent years.

The Richter Scale is not commonly used anymore, as it has been replaced by another scale called the moment magnitude scale.

Rekord received numerous phone calls seconds after the first tremor of readers reporting their walls and floors were litteraly shaking.

Frans Grobler from Daspoort said their entire house shook.

“Our house shook heavily as the earthquake hit, it was such a strange occurrence,” Grobler said.

Corne Van Tonder Villavicencio felt the tremors in Pretoria Central. “We were evacuated and had to stand in the street.”

Marianne Marx Luchies said also she felt it in Villieria.

“I was sitting outside on the deck. I felt two occurring tremors. At first it was a small tremor and then a larger one. Even the trees shook.”

According to Johan Pieterse, of Tshwane Emergency Services, several buildings in Pretoria were evacuated. He added that the evacuation is standard safety measurements.

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Also read:

A 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit Pretoria

Tremors were felt in Pretoria

 

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