Residents of Johannesburg, Gauteng North Eastern South Africa were woken up by a magnitude-5.0 earthquake that occurred at around 02:38 on 11 June. The epicentre was about 17 km (10 miles) southeast of Johannesburg.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and moderate-to-light shaking was probably felt in Johannesburg, and light-to-weak shaking likely occurred in far southeastern Botswana, and Eswatini.

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There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake. However, significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Light aftershocks are likely over the coming days.

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake hits Johannesburg
A magnitude-5.0 earthquake hits Johannesburg

Buildings shook across the province where the country’s largest city and commercial hub is located. Residents across the province felt the tremor and some posted pictures on social media showing minor structural damage to walls.


In August 2014, a 5.3 magnitude earthquake also hit a gold mining town near Johannesburg.

The last major quake to hit South Africa was a 6.3-magnitude tremor that struck the Western Cape province in 1969.