Strong earthquake hits Johannesburg, South Africa

A 5.0-magnitude earthquake near Johannesburg shook buildings across South Africa’s most populous province on Sunday, the United States Geological Survey reported.

The USGS said the quake struck 10 kilometers (six miles) below the surface at 2:38 a.m. (0038 GMT).

Buildings shook across Gauteng province, home to the country’s largest city and commercial hub, Johannesburg. Residents across the province felt the tremors. Some posted pictures on social media showing minor damage to the walls.

In August 2014, a 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck a gold mining town near Johannesburg. The last major earthquake to hit South Africa was a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in the Western Cape province in 1969

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