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Posted By IRMSAInsight, 18 August 2014

The Council for Geoscience reported that the earthquake experienced in South Africa on 5 August 2014, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, was not a completely uncommon event as a similar size earthquake had been experienced in the same region in 2005. A major earthquake in South Africa is a real possibility, but there is no way of predicting when it might occur.

Take a look at the below places in and around South Africa for the biggest earthquakes:

7.0 magnitude earthquake - 8 years ago
Epicenter at -21.324, 33.583 
160.2 km from Chipinge, Zimbabwe  

5.9 magnitude earthquake - 38 years ago 
Epicenter at -29.522, 25.182 
96.2 km from Kimberley, South Africa

5.7 magnitude earthquake - 15 years ago 
Epicenter at -27.953, 26.635 
10.2 km from Welkom, South Africa

The Research and Technical Director of Umvoto Africa believes that while the quake was destined to happen, mining activity in the area near the epicentre of the quake caused it to happen sooner than it ordinarily would have. “It was about 10 000 times larger than the average mine tremor

* Does your company have assets and operations and or planning operations in that area?* 
Does your company have a risk assessment relating to earthquakes?
* Do you have business continuity plans in place and when last have they been tested?

Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

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