Tag Archive | South Africa

MAGNITUDE 3.0 SOUTH AFRICA #earthquake #SouthAfrica #Africa


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 123 km SW of Soweto, South Africa / pop: 1,696,000 / local time: 06:59:01.0 2020-05-06

8 km SE of Stilfontein, South Africa / pop: 93,200 / local time: 06:59:01.0 2020-05-06

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MAGNITUDE 3.5 SOUTH AFRICA #earthquake #SouthAfrica


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 50 km SW of Soweto, South Africa / pop: 1,696,000 / local time: 18:08:17.0 2020-04-24

9 km W of Fochville, South Africa / pop: 62,500 / local time: 18:08:17.0 2020-04-24

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MAGNITUDE 3.2 SOUTH AFRICA #earthquake #SouthAfrica


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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 50 km SW of Soweto, South Africa / pop: 1,696,000 / local time: 03:21:45.0 2020-04-22

9 km W of Fochville, South Africa / pop: 62,500 / local time: 03:21:45.0 2020-04-22

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Twenty people killed in school minibus crash in South Africa

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A minibus collided with a truck 45 miles from Pretoria. Pic: ER24EMS
Nineteen schoolchildren have been killed after their minibus collided head-on with a truck in South Africa, according to emergency services.
 
The minibus exploded into a fireball and ended up lying on its side.
 
The bus driver also died while the driver of the truck survived.
 
About 13 children, who were found trapped inside the vehicle by paramedics after the flames were put out, were declared dead at the scene.
 
Several other pupils were hurt – some were reportedly dragged from the wreckage by people nearby.
 
Their injuries ranged from minor to critical.
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The aftermath of the deadly crash. Pic: ER24EMS
The tragedy happened on a road between the towns of Bronkhorstspruit and Verena, 45 miles from the capital Pretoria, in Mpumalanga province.
 
Mpumalanga police spokesman Gerald Sedibe said: “The (minibus) was transporting learners from school and it collided with the truck and caught fire.”
 
Spokesman for the ER24 emergency medical service, Russel Meiring, said: “It is confirmed 20 children have been killed.”
 
He added: “Paramedics arrived on the scene to find the fire services already in attendance.
 
“The fire services had already extinguished the burning vehicle, which was found lying on its side.”
 
The cause of the crash is not yet known.
Courtesy of Sky News

38 dead dolphins found washed up along Sundays River coast, South Africa

Nature will be left to deal with dead dolphins
A baffling phenomenon saw the discovery of 38 dolphin carcasses scattered along the Sundays River coastline yesterday – the sixth such incident of common dolphins beaching themselves at the approximate same spot over a period of 20 years.
 
SANParks spokeswoman Fayroush Ludick said yesterday’s discovery, near Bird Island, of the pod of 38 common dolphins – 22 adults and 16 juveniles – was the largest recorded number of dolphins beaching themselves on the Southern Coast. The causes for the stranding are still unclear.
 
The 2km stretch of shore dotted with the decomposing dolphins was discovered by East London helicopter pilot Noel Greyling, 28, during one of his weekly trips along the coast from East London to Port Elizabeth.
 
Wildlife expert and Bayworld marine- biologist Dr Grey Hofmeyr described the event as a rare but regular occurrence along the shoreline between Sundays River and Woody Cape.
 
The previous incident saw four dolphins beach around the same time five years ago. In March 2000, 28 dolphins beached themselves at the same spot.
 
Hofmeyr will spend the weekend collecting specimens from the decaying caresses to gather research information in an attempt to shed light on the mysterious event.
 
“There are no definitive reasons as to why the dolphins do it, but there are several theories, one being that the lead dolphin might have been sick or injured and beached itself, and because of their strong group dynamics the rest of the pod could have followed,” Hofmeyr said.
 
“The other more likely explanation is because of the shape of Algoa Bay. There is a deceptive gradient of sand when one approaches the shore.
 
The dolphins being deep-sea marine wildlife, don’t recognise the slope and assume the sea carries on going, and in their confused state they just continue swimming all the way onto the beach.”
 
Ludick said judging by the discoloration of the dolphins’ flesh, the pod probably beached about three days before they were discovered.
 
“There have been a couple of incidents like this over the last two decades. But this particular occurrence is the biggest pod we have recorded on the southern coast.
 
“The reason is not clear, but the dolphins had no visible injuries so foul play has been ruled out. We have rangers out there [yesterday] and Bayworld will be there over the weekend to gather more info as to why it happens,” Ludick said. Greyling said he had been flying along his usual route when he hovered over the disturbing sight.
 
“It first just looked like black dots – then I did a loop and flew over again, but closer, and saw they were dolphins. It was a really disturbing experience,” he said.
 
Courtesy of heraldlive.co.za

MAGNITUDE 5.2 SOUTH AFRICA

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Depth: 5 km

Distances: 133 km SW of Soweto, South Africa / pop: 1,696,000 / local time: 05:08:52.1 2017-04-03
11 km E of Orkney, South Africa / pop: 146,000 / local time: 05:08:52.1 2017-04-03
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MAGNITUDE 5.1 SOUTH OF AFRICA

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Depth: 9 km

Distances: 1236km (768mi) SW of Marion Island, Prince Edward Islands
2126km (1321mi) S of Bredasdorp, South Africa
2148km (1335mi) S of Hermanus, South Africa
2159km (1342mi) S of Plettenberg Bay, South Africa
2702km (1679mi) S of Maseru, Lesotho


MAGNITUDE 4.7 SOUTH OF AFRICA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 2683 km S of Maseru, Lesotho / pop: 118,355 / local time: 12:02:00.1 2015-08-03
3059 km S of Mbabane, Swaziland / pop: 76,218 / local time: 12:02:00.1 2015-08-03
3083 km S of Pretoria, South Africa / pop: 1,619,438 / local time: 12:02:00.1 2015-08-03


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MAGNITUDE 4.3 SOUTH AFRICA

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Depth: 10 km

Distances: 103 km NE of Durban, South Africa / pop: 3,120,282 / local time: 05:21:50.2 2015-06-16
35 km E of Sundumbili, South Africa / pop: 12,455 / local time: 05:21:50.2 2015-06-16


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