TSUNAMI WARNING: Experts on alert amid fears of natural disaster after earthquake
There were fears of a potential tsunami after the earthquake
Siesmologists have been looking for warning signs of any tsunami activity since an earth tremor shook parts of KwaZulu-Natal in Durban, South Africa.
Council for Geosciences seismologist Michelle Grobbelaar said it was fortunate the earthquake on Saturday was only of a magnitude three or more, but a bigger one would increase the tsunami threat.
She said: "We are on the alert should the threat occur.
“The Council for Geosciences, together with disaster management and the weather service, monitor the messages sent from the three Indian ocean tsunami early warning centres.
"We analyse the data that is sent and from modelling of the coastline; we can determine the threat to South Africa."
She said procedures were in place for responding to tsunami threats on the eastern coastline, and they were tested twice yearly.
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We are constantly monitoring the tsunami activity.
Council for Geosciences seismologist Michelle Grobbelaar
Ms Grobbelaar said: “Thus, we are constantly monitoring the tsunami activity.
"In addition, data from the national seismograph network is also sent to the Indian ocean tsunami warning centres for confirmation of potential tsunamis.”
It is feared more than 140 people were killed during a major earthquake which rocked Taiwan on Saturdxay at 4am local time.
It was at the beginning of the Lunar New Year holiday, with almost all the dead found in the toppled Wei-guan Golden Dragon Building in Tainan.
Rescue efforts are now focused on the wreckage of the 17-storey building, where 117 people are listed as missing and are suspected to be buried deep under the rubble.
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