Officials assess quake damage, help residents

Mahikeng - Government officials are assessing the damage from Tuesday's 5.5 magnitude earthquake in Orkney, as residents fear further aftershocks.

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Eyewitness News reported on Wednesday that officials are visiting affected areas and are assisting those who have been affected by the quake. Hundreds of families were taken to a place of safety after their homes were damaged. According to Sapa, at least 400 houses were destroyed.

Disaster management officials spent the night helping residents move their belongings from damaged homes.

Emergency services have been placed on high alert amid concerns that potential aftershocks will be felt in the coming days. Residents were shaken by an aftershock on Tuesday evening.

The earthquake hit shortly after noon on Tuesday. One man was killed when a wall collapsed on him.

Sapa reported that three clinics in Klerksdorp were damaged and two have been shut down, with the third being repaired and expected to reopen on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, the Council for Geoscience said the quake was probably not related to mining in the area, according to EWN.

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Freedom Gama 2014-08-06 09:41:48 AM
Warning...prepare
Vince Koekemoer 2014-08-06 09:49:15 AM
I can categorically state that the quake wasn't caused by Julius because it would have registered 12.5 on the Richer (sic) scale then.
Senolo George 2014-08-06 09:51:52 AM
Lol...officials from where...,why cnt U jst write people,mxm,wat do they know,can they assess nature damage,non scholars
Miles Lancmore 2014-08-06 09:53:31 AM
Surprisingly there seems to be no any research as to when another earthquake is likely to occur and how powerful its likely to be.Its only when millions die that they will start to try and find out.
Switmelon 2014-08-06 10:23:00 AM
The ancestors are angry. South Africans have not learned to live together in harmony. Verwoerd and them are relying on us so that they rest in peace hence the earthquake .
Switmelon 2014-08-06 10:23:01 AM
The ancestors are angry. South Africans have not learned to live together in harmony. Verwoerd and them are relying on us so that they rest in peace hence the earthquake .
Switmelon 2014-08-06 10:23:23 AM
The ancestors are angry. South Africans have not learned to live together in harmony. Verwoerd and them are relying on us so that they rest in peace hence the earthquake .
Rodney Visser 2014-08-06 10:29:53 AM
What we have had is the after shock from the earth quake in china. So blame it on china. They want to take over.