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Engineers inspect N West buildings

North West

Rustenburg - Structural engineers were inspecting the Rustenburg municipal office building following an earthquake on Tuesday, the municipality said.

“The eight-storey building vibrated during the earthquake. The building was evacuated for safety reasons,” said spokesman Thapelo Matebesi.

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Residents of cities like Johannesburg (pictured), Pretoria and Durban felts tremors from an earthquake on Tuesday, 5 August 2014. Johannesburg emergency services spokesman Robert Mulaudzi said the quake was felt in most parts of the city. "The city has not received any reports of injuries, or collapsed building. However, we will be monitoring the situation." In Tshwane, the offices of the public protector and two buildings at the University of Pretoria were evacuated. Free State police spokesman Captain Steven Thakeng said reports were received from Thabong and Welkom that pupils were evacuated from schools as a precaution. The United States Geological Survey said on its website the quake was felt as far off as Botswana. "This earthquake is severely dangerous because the epicentre is located right below Orkney and Klerksdorp," it said.Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

He said acting municipal manager Marks Rapoo's advice was not to let workers back into the Missionary Mpheni building until it was assessed by engineers.

“The engineers will submit their report to the municipal manager today. Employees will come to work on Wednesday morning and only allowed in once is safe to do so.”

The Council for Geoscience said the earthquake that struck various parts of the country was recorded at a magnitude of 5.5 on the Richter scale.

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