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London, Apr.11 : An expert has predicted that South Africa is almost certain to be hit by a major natural disaster, and, it could strike during this summer's World Cup football tournament.
The Daily Express quoted Dr. Chris Hartnady, as saying that Durban and Cape Town as the areas most likely to be hit by a quake.
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Yet a major earthquake disaster in the region is inevitable because wide areas of southern Africa are affected by the slow southward spread of the East African rift system. It is not a question of if, but when.
And the consequences would be so expensive in terms of mortality and economic cost that the risk of being ill-prepared is unacceptably high. Major earthquakes can lead to large-scale loss of life and property due to building collapse, fires and landslides on unstable slopes, and catastrophic disruption of dam walls, water mains, roads, railways and fuel pipelines.