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The newspaper, which cited incorrectly that the country experienced its last major earthquake in 1890, quoted an expert called Dr Hartnady, who cautioned that it was not a matter of "if" but "when" the quake would strike and that despite the fact that the alluded-to earthquake only destroyed a single farmhouse, the economic and mortality cost of another one would be "expensive".
The country actually experienced its most destructive earthquake in September 1969, in which eight people died. Hardly a significant figure when it comes to earthquakes. Considering that there has been no threat of a major earthquake in over forty years, the chances of an earthquake occurring during the month of June are not as likely as the Daily Star would have quivering Britons believe.
There are still a good eight weeks to go before kick-off — by that time, the British press will no doubt have predicted a tsunami, a volcano and a hurricane. Perhaps even an alien invasion.
Originally posted by deltaalphanovember
South Africa has problems - but worrying about an earthquake is the least of them. What I find interesting is why all this negativity and constant effort by people to make the World Cup a failure.
And if it does (partly through their efforts), they are going to say "We told you so!"
Johannesburg - An earth tremor measuring 2.8 on the Richter Scale was felt in parts of Johannesburg at about 19:30 on Wednesday.
"The earthquake lasted for only a few seconds because it was a sudden release of energy in the earth," Michelle Grobbelaar, the unit manager at the Seismology Department at the Council of Geoscience told News24.