No deaths, injuries following 3.7 magnitude tremor in KZN

No deaths, injuries following 3.7 magnitude tremor in KZN

KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (Cogta) Sipho Hlomuka has called for calm following the earth tremor that hit parts of the province on Thursday.


The Council for GeoScience has confirmed a 3.7 magnitude tremor which occurred at 13h20 and felt in areas including Port Shepstone, Durban, Ballito, Pietermaritzburg.

The Council for GeoScience says the epicentre was near Sawoti Police Station in Braemer about 70km southwest of Durban.

It says there is no cause for panic as earthquakes are a rare occurrence in that area.

READ: KZN reacts to 'Tremor'

Hlomuka says disaster management teams have not received any reports of injuries, deaths or damages. 

"We are appealing to residents to remain calm. Our province has in the past experienced similar incidents. It is important that we remain calm." 

"Disaster management teams are monitoring the situation closely and are ready to intervene in any part of KZN with speed should it become necessary. We would like to reassure citizens of the province that we have activated all our systems and are working with the National Disaster Management Centre to ascertain any damages and the extent of the incident. We will respond to any findings swiftly,” says Hlomuka. 

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