South Africa earthquake list

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The list below shows the last earthquakes in South Africa

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: M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC – South Africa time = UTC +2
SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON South Africa Jun 15 14:16 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC South Africa Jun 15 14:16 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Stilfontein - we felt it yesterday just around 6 o'clock and it was quite scary, I felt and heard this one much more than the 2005 quake here. I have not yet seen any damage,but the house was shaking quite a lot, thus it is quite possible that cracks may become visible in a few days. It is also quite cold at the moment so expansion when it becomes warmer might reveal damage.
  • USGS Orkney, South Africa Jun 15 14:16 4.9 5 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Africa Dec 02 19:18 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC South Africa Dec 02 19:18 4.0 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOSA Johannesburg, South Africa Nov 18 08:54 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Johannesburg - Was a very slight tremor. Lasted only a second or so
  • Johannesburg - none aware of
  • Johannesburg - No Damage, two shocks 1 second apart at 09h54 this morning.
  • Johannesburg - The earth quake that just occurred managed to move me on my chair left to right (10:00 11/18/2013)
  • Gauteng - im at work on the 3rd floor and it felt almost as if the ground lost balance
  • Johannesburg - Definitely felt and heard it. We're not used to it so it was quite scary.
  • Roodepoort - There was an earth tremor that lasted about a second. Definitely not from a mine dump. Equipment in the office shook and a slight rumbling noise followed.
  • Johannesburg - Shaking throughout the property for a few seconds
  • Johannesburg - No damage but game me goosebumps!
  • Johannesburg - Very Short.Single episode. Moderate Shaking. No Damage.
  • Johannesburg - I Felt it on the first floor. Felt a shake from side to side one just after the other.
  • Johannesbutg - very small roof made heavy creaking noises and windows shook
  • Johannesburg - Felt tremors for a few seconds. House shook, but no damage. Daughter called to say tremors felt in Sandton as well.
  • Johannesburg - No damage, felt like my entire house was swaying at 9.55 this morning.
  • Johannesburg - Quite shaky, people in the office were startled and some made a run for the doors. If it lasted much longer, I would have been out the window.
  • Johannseburg - Felt the floors moving and everything shook around a bit.
  • Florida Hills - No damage
  • Johannesburg - Everything shook for a few seconds, no damage.
  • Johannesburg - House shook and awoke my fiance. Floors rattled and bed shook. Moderate shakes. First ive felt in south africa in ages.
  • Rosebank - 3rd Floor felt it
  • Rosebank - no damage has been caused. it happened 30mins ago. we just had to hold on to tables.
  • Roodepoort, Johannesburg - 09:54 small tremor 0.5s followed another lasting 3seconds (a second after). Visible movement in the walls, Ground shaking and noticable feeling of ground shaking. Rumble sound not unlike that of road blasting. There was a minor tremor a few days preceding this.
  • Johannesburg - Slight vibration in the floor - Roodepoort nearby has reported damage and no electricity throughout the area. Stronger shaking was experienced there.
  • Roodepoort - felt like the building was going to fall apart
  • Braamfontein - It felt like the earth lost a bit of ballance for a sec, everyone in the building was shocked.
  • Johannesburg - was so scary the house shaking and the ground also. U could feel the movement of the earthquake as it went by while shaking. The most scariest feeling ever!
  • Roodepoort - Work on the 1st floor of an office park and the building shook and it felt like it swayed. Roof tiles and floor boards rattled quite a bit for about 10-15 seconds very scary.
  • Industria North - Desk started shaking & files fell of a shelf.
  • Gauteng - It occured around 10:00am on the 18 November 2013 for about 3 seconds
  • Johannesburg - Felt a slight movement
  • Johannesburg - Felt like a big truck might have smashed into our side of the building.
  • Johannesburg - Slight shaking, lasted for approx 20seconds. Felt like a blast happening in short bursts
  • Johannesburg - No damage. Felt vibrations, light shaking for about 20 - 30 seconds.
  • Robertville, Roodepoort - No damage to my knowlege. People thought it to be an explosion in the factory and ran to go check. Quite shaken by the experience.
  • Jonannesburg - scary part was being on the 51st floor
  • Johannesburg - I was at my desk on the second floor working when suddenly i felt the tremors. From my place, I could see the entire office raising from their seats to what caused the tremors but there was no damage. It subsided and we felt no more.
  • Johannesburg - i woke up at just abt before 3am and felt my bed shake taught it was just a strong wind I heard the bird cages rattle and a a bird fall from the hammock and shout no property was damaged one was also felt just before 10am I still think the tremor felt at 3am was stronger on Saturday afternoon also felt 2 short tremors one after the other for abt 2secs ;ate afternoon before 5pm
  • Johannesburg - Building and windows rattled, 2 aftershocks felt for about 10 seconds each and 2-3 seconds apart. No damage.
  • Roodepoort - No damage was caused, I was in the office and I felt like something crashed the wall of our building. It took maybe 2sec
  • Gauteng - I thought it was the tenants upstairs moving, was a small tremor with no damages of aftershocks
  • Johannesburg - There seems to be no damage as it only lasted about 7 seconds. It measured 4 on the Richter Scale. It happened at about 10:00 GMT+2 on 2013-11-18.
  • in Soweto;Johannesburg whiles studying f - people thought their shacks would be destroyed as a result,as for myself I was studying then I felt it,IT WAS REALLY SCARY!.
  • Johannesburg - No damage, but was far stronger than any tremor felt before. Just before 10 the whole house rattled- lasted about 10 or 20 seconds.
  • Booysens - I was in the office, about 10:32AM, I felt something shaking on my chair and I didnt take it into consideration, i thought maybe it might be those Large Vehicles passing by the road until my friend called me, it also happened to in Barragwana Hospital
  • Johannesburg - It sounded like a thunderstorm underground approaching and then suddenly my bed shook as if someone with great strenght was shaking it from side to side, the ceiling, walls and windows also vibrated lasted for +- 5 seconds
  • West Rand - the building started to shake for at least 5-6 seconds followed by a rumbling noise and shudder and then it was over
  • Roodepoort - Invigilating matric final exams - class was quite shook up! On third floor - no damage but building swayed and desks and windows rattled.
  • Braamfontein - Felt like the building lost its balance, even my chair, desk and computer was shaking. Scary being on the 8th floor.
  • Johannesburg - Felt by all in classroom at school attended by my daughter on corner of Rabie and Malibongwe Felt on road by my wife in car on the corner of Ysterhout and President Fouche Not felt at all in packed auditorium on 6th floor on the corner of Hill and Kent No damage or knowledge of damage
  • Johannesburg - I was sitting and typing on the PC when I felt a light shaking and immediately thought it could either be earth tremor or something related. I looked at the watch and noticed that it was about 10H54 am. I could only check the "event" in the evening.
  • Florida - The morning of 18 November I felt the shaking of the earthquake very clear in Florida, Roodepoort, South Africa
  • KYA SANDS - No damage
  • Johannesburg - no damage
  • Roodepoort - No damages
  • Roodepoort - No damage we were on the 2nd flr, building shook for a few seconds everyone was in shock afterwards
  • johannesburg - well it was an unusual event that made all my class mates to run from the class, leaving their question papers and scripts behind hence we were still writing.. this symbolizes the coming of Jesus Christ....READY OR NOT HERE I COME!!!
  • Johannesburg - I was on the second floor of a one year old office building. I experienced a sudden rumbling and rattling, like a high speed train rushing past close by. Some books fell off shelves and a parking sign at ground level fell over. Staff who work on the floor were quite startled. We have not experienced one of these for a long time.
  • johannesburg - few seconds shaking
  • GEOFON South Africa Jul 07 14:52 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Mbabane sz - Roof shook as though a wind storm blew through. 10-15 seconds of doors rattling and uneasy feeling.
  • Piggs Peak, Swaziland - Loud rumbling and whole house was shaking, weird feeling!
  • Mbabane Swz - Windows and glass door rattled and could feel tremble on couch for a few seconds.
  • Matsulu - Felt weak shaking, at first didn't realise what it was and then noticed water in my glass on the table making slight ripples and realised it was an earth tremor. Sustained for over 10 seconds.
  • Waterval Boven - We were outside when we felt rumbling and vibrations and the windows started shaking.Immediate thoughts were of a blast but then realised what was happening!Quite scary!
  • crossroads waterval boven - arounnf tn to three on July 7th I was watching TV and all of a sudden a large roar came through the house. Initially I thought it was a Tornado type wind which we have experienced before. The roof felt like it was lifting. I ran outside but there was no wind!
  • Parkrand Boksburg - At +/- 17:45 I felt a tremor like something extremely heavy fell on the floor, but it was hard enough to rattle my windows. This has been happening a lot lately, sometime around 8pm. I don't know during the day as I work, but in the last months I would say about 3 - 8 tremors felt.
  • Johannesburg - No damage to the property, Sit in an office under a karate dojo, sounded loud like the roof had fallen down and office shook
  • EMSC South Africa Jul 07 14:52 4.6 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Barberton - Approximately 16:52 House structure shook, especially windows. Passed through structure roughly from east to west. Lasted more than a minute.
  • White River, South Africa - rumble like someone running up our stairs. lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Barberton - Half a min vibrations
  • Nelspruit, Mpumalanaga - Felt earth tremor in Nelspruit, mpumalanga at 4:44pm 7/7/2013.
  • Nelspruit - Lasting about a minute. My whole body vibrated, including the chair (couch) I sat on, the veranda I walked to, since I thought it was a Jet crashing and then my entire flat, which is located on the second floor of the building. The Quake was felt from Nelspruit, Graskop, Sabie, Ngodwana, Pilgrim's Rest, Belfast (as verified by real people) and may have been felt at more places. My mom's bed was moved in her house in Sabie and her cupboards door's were opened by the vibrations.
  • Steiltes, Nelspruit - Was at first think it is wind blowing...it sounded like the roof is going to take of....dog started barking.I experienced an earth quake in 1970 in Worcester, Western Cape...this was not as scary as that!
  • Barberton - Birds went quiet, dog barked and then a rumble for approx half minute
  • Nelspruit - Some vibration
  • Ngodwana - Sounded like a troop of baboons were running over the roof..windows were rattling and moving...... could feel it in my body and my ears.
  • Sonheuwel, Nelspruit - Felt like an airplane flying directly overhead. Tingling feeling
  • Carolina - Chairs were shaking where we were sitting. Felt whole building shaking. Loud rumbling noise which lasted for more than a half a minute.
  • steiltes , Nelspuit - There was a vibration of the windows.
  • Sabie - Was about a minute long
  • Nelspruit - Felt like a train passing right by yor house. Everything vibrated. Thought for a moment we'd be getting a plane crashing through our house any second...
  • Middelburg - Felt a very slight shudder throughout the house. Lasted for about 5 seconds.
  • Nelspruit - Lasted about a minute, windows vibrating, crockery shook in cupboards
  • nelspruit - wow!! what an experience!!I couldn't believe it!!!
  • Nelspruit - I was awoken from a nap in the late afternoon by my entire wooden house shaking. I also heard what sounded like distant rumbling thunder before and during the tremor.
  • Nelspruit - Sounded like a few people running around on our roof simultaneously. Big rumbling noise. A few seconds later it was over.
  • Lydenburg - Windows vibrating
  • White River - Lasted between 20-30 secs and walls and floor shuddered, windows rattled and felt vibrations when sitting on couch.
  • white river - heard noises in ceiling. Then felt floor and windows rattling. Quite scary.
  • Nelspruit - Light shaking for about 20 seconds
  • Nelspruit - It felt like a train passing, lasted for about 30 seconds. A rumbling noise was heard and the house was trembling.
  • Dullstroom - Just a light rumble.
  • Nelspruit - It was scary, my husband thought it was truck passing
  • Ngodwana - Sounded like a troop of baboons running over the roof, windows rattled. Felt the vibration in my body. Thought the local mine was blasting again.
  • Nelspruit, West Acres - Loud noise, at firts though it might be the ER24 helicopter hovering over our house. Realise it can't be the helicopter as everything were shaking.
  • Elandshoogte Plantation - We are situated 1900km above sea level approximately 100 km from Nelspruit towards Watervalboven. Felt moderate shaking for several seconds
  • White River - Busy watching TV, felt like a badly tuned car was driving past
  • Ngodwana - Suddenly all windows and inside wooden walls started to rattel, carried on for about 10sec before passing through.
  • Nelspruit - Cool!
  • Nelspruit - We are situated 12 km from Nelspruit on the Uitkyk Road First the sound and rumbling, then the house rattling, then the rumbling passing away. Travelling roughly SW to NE. Like an express train passing through the house, but recognizable as an earthquake. No damage.
  • Nelspruit arendstreet - Windowns and doors rattled
  • Ehmke st nelspruit - Thought a large truck was passing by. Windows rattled and roof creeked.
  • Nelspruit (City) - Felt moderate shaking, windows and blinds shaking and rumbling sound could be heard at about 14:52
  • Middelburg - Felt the vibration. But at the time did not know what it was
  • White River - Very strong. Computer stand and shook computer. Hole couch vibrated. Lasted 30 i40 seconds. Windows shuddered and could hear the noise of a rumble. 16.57.
  • Nelspruit - just heard the rumble and then the shaking.... about 4-5sec long
  • Nelspruit - Rof en onbeskof, waar kom die ding vandaan?
  • Barberton - I was sleeping and the shaking woke me u! Everything vibrating
  • Barberton - Felt rumbling passing trough our house. From front to back. Sounded like a train
  • Nelspruit - house started vibrating i ran outside the was nothing (felt like i had lost mind)i had to ask my wife to confirm what had happend
  • Barberton - Shaking windows, doors and floor. The door was rattling. Felt like I was shaken down. The cat went crazy.
  • Burnside Nelspruit - Sounded like rolling thunder inside the house
  • Nelspruit Central - stopped what I was doing to go outside and try to see what I felt.
  • Ngodwana - It's like a movie, Windows were shaking and curtains too. There was also a loud noise from the ground like something was going to erupt. We must pray guys something is very wrong.
  • Whiteriver / Plaston - A few minutes before 5. 1st floor windows and trellidoors rattled for approx 15 to 20 seconds. Felt tremors in 1st story bedroom floor. Very loud rumbling sound like jet plane North East to South West for duration of tremors. A few light "after" tremors were also felt.
  • Malelane - Light shaking felt through the house, windows vibrating lasted a few seconds
  • witrivier - It was scarey
  • Uitkyk, Nelspruit - It sounded like a 747 aeroplane crashing overhead and then the tremor.
  • Malelane - Felt a light shaking on my feet, nothing moved at all
  • Nelspruit - Walls shook and windows rattled slightly for 40 seconds approx
  • nelspruit - windows vibrating for short while
  • White river - 1st thought was that geyser was bursting above in roof. Then the rumbling went through te house though something big was running on roof. Weard
  • Schagen - Ground vibrated and things rattled. Lasted about a minute then dissapeared. Never felt an earth tremor in this area before.
  • White River - glasses rattles, pictures moved and rumbles felt for about 30 seconds....
  • Mataffin Nelspruit - Walls shook, windows rattled for approx 30 secs whilst watching Wimbledon Final. Never experienced 1 in Nelspruit before
  • Belfast - Het vir so 6 sekondes liggies gebewe en vensters gekletter.
  • De Kaap Valley Conservancy - The rumbling got progressively louder and it sounded like a big jet. It seemed to come from the NE (KMIA airport)and went away towards the SW(Vygeboom Dam area). I experienced an earthquake as a child and immediately knew what it was
  • nelspruit - I was sitting on the couch working on my laptop when I felt the couch underneath me shake... I asked my husband (sitting on the other couch) if he noticed it, but he didn't.
  • white river - Wow - sounded like a huge truck was crashing into the house, rumbling noise - loud about 30 seconds was scary
  • Nelspruit - Felt it for a couple of seconds
  • Brigadoon 10Km outside Nelspruit - Was standing on a large granite rock on my farm with my Son when I felt the vibration and then the rumbling sound come. Jarrod asked what was that and I said a earth quake.
  • Nelspruit - Were watching tv and heard weird noises and shaking.
  • Sabie - furniture was shaking, felt like 100 elephants running past the house
  • White River - White River, Mpumalanga: I felt the minor earth movement around 16:50
  • Ngodwana - Frirst time I experienced an earthquake
  • Nelspruit - Windows were shaking and outside birds (Hadida) were all flying off at once.
  • Ngodwana - It last up to 20 seconds. Was very strong vibration felt like we uplifted from the ground every thing was shaking inside the house and even outside all potplants hanging my Boy started crying of his ears that's how much pressure we felt inside the house!everything rattled was really strong first time for me but sure hope it was the last
  • Nelspruit - Weird noise and then shaking and rattling of windows. Lasted about 1 min just before 17:00 7 July 2013
  • white river/plaston - Thought a elicopter was landing on my roof it was shaking so bad. Lasted about a minute. Dog ran inside scared. Eeryone on plot all came out of homes.
  • Ngodwana - First time for me but hopefully the last! It started with a very strong wind,it was lasting up to 30 second everything shutterd, ratteled, and vibrated even our potplant ouside as my husband was buzy outside, as it happend! It really felt like we are uplifted from the ground the pressure was so strong in the house that my 5 year old boy started crying of his ears that is hurting!was really a bad experience and don't wish for it to happen again.
  • Nelspruit West Acres - House specially my windows were shaking for about 30 seconds. My dog was also running around in the house, yea he was scared.
  • Carolina (Mpumalanga) - I have felt an earthquake today afternoon ,i have panicked it was the first time feeling this,it lasted for 10 second. What coase this?should we worry?
  • White River - Felt a minor earth movement
  • Nelspruit - We heard a deep rumble and then we could feel the house shake. Lasted less than a minute.
  • nelspruit - It was very light but the windows even moved and you could hear it. About 40seconds long
  • Barberton - Went on for a few seconds,even saw the trees vibrating
  • Nelspruit - Could hear the tremor of the earth
  • Nelspruit - my girlfriend thought it was a boeing... :D
  • Rocky's Drift (Bundu area) - My mom said the bed shook for half a minute or so - but my dad said " Don't worry dear - it is just a big truck passing on the R40"
  • Ngodwana - 5 to 10 seconds. Weak but you can feel it came from below not like a wind or loud music. Pretty scary
  • Nelspruit, Steiltes - We heard a rumbling sound with windows,floor and ceiling rattling. Sounded like thunder or an explosion in a distance. Uneasy feeling lasted for about 40 secs.
  • Lydenburg - Main water pype burst under a house in Lydenburg, round about the same time?? Does it mean it was part of a quake??
  • KaBokweni - Watching a movie in my room on my laptop my window vibrated, my bed was shaking, followed by a loud rumble for about 5-10 seconds.
  • Nelspruit Sonhuewel - There was a light tremble and a loud thunder like sound
  • Dullstroom - at about 10:00 this morning: rumbling sound, slight vibrations
  • Nelspruit - Seemed to charge my dogs with energy apart from some rattling glass doors and walls.
  • Bnarberton - Continued for about 1 min. Windows rattled. Rumbling sound anD slight building shake
  • Nelspruit Burnside - The windows and windows was shaking and the building for 20 sec , never felt something like that before in my life.
  • White River - Low frequency, lasted about 30 seconds. Rattled dishes and windows.
  • Nelspruit - Thought it was that damn Golf playing Rap music in the street again.
  • Ermelo - Light shaking.
  • Nelspruit - Rumbling noise light shaking
  • White River - Initial shaking lasted about 30 seconds tapering off slowly then shaking increased for about 10 seconds before stopping.
  • White River - Felt like a train passing threw the house for more than 30sec. Scary!
  • Nelspruit - Felt mild shaking
  • Barberton - Very loud roaring sound from the beginning to middle of quake, 1 minute duration, windows and doors rattled as well as furniture.
  • Nelspruit - Thought a taxi with loud music was passing, then thought maybe a heavy truck on airbrakes. Realized it was a quake when nothing was passing outside. Wife was outside and felt nothing.
  • White River - Was preparing food. I heard a deep rumble, and thought is was a truck on the main road. Could hear windows rattling milliseconds before floor and kitchen utensils started shaking and vibrating. Lasted for about 20 - 30 secs. Just this morning my little brother said he wondered what an earthquake felt like, and what it would be like to experince one.
  • Nelspruit - unexpected and strange, lasted for about 1 minute!
  • Ngodwana - It was so loud and things were vibrating. It was about 30 seconds. It was so scary I just wish it never happens again
  • Outside Nelspruit - We thought it was a troop of monkeys running over the roof but in retrospect, having lived through many earth quakes in San Francisco, that's what it was, an earth quake ...never crossed my mind at the time that we would have an earth quake here. Live and learn...
  • Barberton - sounded like a huge truck on it's way here .lastes not more than 1 minute
  • Baberton R40 - Live near close to river halfway between Baberton and Nelspruit, hear very loud roaring sound like train at full speed, followed first by the ground vibrating/shaking quit strong for about 3sec, then the windows and doors started to rattle for about 30seconds. Felt like being shaken mildly by one of those slimming machines.
  • Ezulwini, The Gables - Not Much! Low audible rumble and brief 3 or 6 second tremor.
  • Sabie - Just sitting in the Lounge and everything started to shake
  • Ngodwana - Felt like a rumbling wave moving through the ground from the mountains towards nelspruit.
  • The Rest Nelspruit - Hubby and I were lying on the couch watching tv when we heard the rumbling sound, thought it was an explosion from nearby construction but then the house started shaking and we immediately realised what it was. Lasted about 30 seconds
  • Barberton - There was a rumbling sound and vibration that passed through the house causing the couch I was sitting on to vibrate. Wasn't a pleasant experience at all.
  • Barberton Dikbas avenue - Vir my het dit geklink soos donderweer oppad, die voëls het uit die bome gevlieg en vensters het vibreer, die vloer het ook vibreer was soon wit geskrik....
  • airlie - About 40 mins prior to the main tremor I heard thunder, strange on a clear day but not unheard of(sic) here. Then , booming thunder from the northwest, moving into and through the valley, shaking my house for a few seconds then 'moving' off and becoming an echo-y after roar that lasted at least 20 seconds. Sounded like a distant artillery barrage at this stage. The sound component was definately the most noticable,I thought it may be a sonic boom of sort. But no, 4.7 tremor. Hey, thanks for all
  • Uitkyk Road Nelspruit - There was a slight rumble and it seem to come through the house like a wave - the ground and house shook - for nearly a minute I guess - weird feeling, would like to know what caused it.
  • Whiteriver - I was sitting on couch when everything started to shake. Roof, walls and windows sounded that it was going to collapse, I even went and stood underneath the door frame. But enjoyed the feeling, like i was in a movie...
  • Machadodorp - Felt the tremor on our farm 12 km west of Machadodorp
  • Dullstroom - Felt like a train or heavy truck passing lasted about a min at approx. 3:15pm
  • Nelspruit - Windows were heavily shaking, as well as coffe mugs on tables and the couches. Lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Heidelberg Valley White River - Sitting on stoep when the ceiling started rattling. Thought there must be rats the size of jackals up in the roof space. Later a friend sms said there had been an earthquake near Barberton.
  • Nelspruit - Strange occurence for Nelspruit
  • WhiteRiver - I felt windows shaking and a small rumble and I thought the neighbours were using some machine. But when I went outside there was no one. I called my husband and he though I was dreaming maybe. It was scary and I heard to google it now to see is someone else did hear it.
  • Mbabane, Swaziland - Felt like a train passing outside the house, rumbling and windows vibrated.
  • Sabie - Was sitting on the couch when I felt the shaking, I thought it was our sound system that caused the shaky feeling!
  • Barberton - Felt vibration especially underfoot, doors and windows rattling and rumbling sound. Nothing appeared to move perceivably inside however. It lasted about 10-20 seconds. Children and dog were fearful. We thought it may be due to mining activity.
  • Vygeboomdam - We stay 50 km from Barberton and 40 km from Carolina at Vygeboomdam It was not a nice feeling....for about 25 sec.
  • Nelspruit - dogs barked then sounded like a truck driving right past the house. cupboard doors and windows rattled
  • Whiteriver/Plaston - I was inside the house, I heard a sound that sound like if allot of rats are running on the ceiling and the ground was trembling. It last about 10 seconds. I watch the time and it was 16:54 on 2013/07/07
  • Maggiesdal - We at first thought it was the Baboons running on the roof but then the glass doors was shaking. This was scary as it was going on for about four minutes
  • Badplaas - It was scary
  • Nelspruit - Lasted for aprox. 4 seconds
  • Dullstroom - Omtrent vir n minuut aangehou
  • Nerston - Heard a rumble coming closer everything shake for about 10 seconds and then quiet. Was a bit more intense than the previous one from Swaziland
  • Sonheuwel- Nelspruit - I was sleeping on my couch when I felt like a truck hit a wall. I thought I was dreaming until my lil sister came running from her bedroom to tell me dat she felt the earth moving. She thought it was witchcraft because she was busy studying the bible. Our first time experiencing this.
  • Whiteriver - Was sleeping and woke up because of the shaking. My hubby came running into our bedroom to see if I'm awake and to make sure he is not imagening it. My 2year old also woke up in tears because of the shaking.It started and ended in about 15sec. Just before 17:00. When it was over we whent outside,and you could not feel a breeze or hear a bird chirping.
  • Lydenburg - Felt a very weak shaking but weird sound for several seconds.
  • Nelspruit - I felt a little rumbling, I thought it was a jet flying very low.
  • White river - Hout deur het begin ruk, vir so 10 sekondes... kon dit nie glo nie, was iets anders !!
  • White river - Mild vibration - like we felt in stadiums during World Cup, during the Mexican wave thing. First time for me, exciting.
  • Nelspruit - Gentle vibration
  • White River - Rumbling, sort of gentle, exciting!
  • Piet Retief - It was a funny sound on our roof going from one side of the house to the other, from the Swaziland side across the roof.
  • Badplaas - Having coffee and then the rumble started and then everything started shaking, got out of the house fast
  • White River - Having never experienced a quake before I didn't know what was going on. Totally weird!
  • White River - Thought an overloaded Heymans Kole truck was passing! Weird experience.
  • White River - Sitting on the couch watching Wimbledon on TV with the sound quite high when I felt the couch shaking under me I turned the volume down and turned to my husband. We were both speechless for about 30/40 seconds trying to work out what was happening.
  • Nelspruit, Zebrina Cresent, West Acres - It was a wow feeling, weird I would say, myself and my husband's eyes was big for a few seconds just looking at each other not knowing could it really have been an earthquake! An earthquake in Nelspruit!
  • Barberton - The shake woke me up, and could see the earth shake.
  • Hazyview - Just felt the house and windows rattle a small bit
  • Nelspruit - My family and I were watching tv when the windows and roof started shaking so I turned the volume down and heard the vibrating sound, we thought our geyser was going to burst. The whole house's doors started shaking the my bed where I was sitting on also started shaking. This lasted 1 minute. I was quite sure after it that it was an earthquake but never thought there would be one that too in Nelspruit.
  • Uitkyk - 15km SE of Nelspruit - First heard the rumbling for about 5 seconds and then the windows rattled for about another 2 or 3 before dying away
  • WITBANK - HOOR DREUNING VAN VER AANKOM. VOLGENDE OOMBLIK IS DIT ONDER DEUR HUIS EN KAN JY HOOR HOE GAAN DIT VERDER AAN
  • Schoemanskloof - This was the strongest tremor I have experienced here. The entire house was shaking and windows were rattling.
  • Nelspruit - ground was shaking and windows viabrating
  • Badplaas - live at Vygeboomdam near badplaas.....earthquake ???? still in shock,wonder what happened
  • Witbank - I thought it was the neighbour making a noise with his car, then later when the windows rattled I thought it a bit weird.
  • White River - I felt a light shake, only the glasses and plates shook.
  • Ngodwana - I was with my family when we hear a great greet in the house my kid were very scared we opened the door to see if there was any crack outside it was a very scary experience
  • Waterval Onder - Moved down from the escarpment SE through to the NW. House lifted as if on a wave as the shock wave passed through. Vibrations and trembles in the ground for about 20 to 30 seconds.Felt like we were on a carpet that was being shaken out.
  • Barberton - I was washing car when suddenly there was this loud noise like a train moving ryt next to my house and one door closed on its own. This is my second experience, another one was last year and I wzs in Piet Retief.
  • Nelspruit - Shaking house and felt like my roof was gona fall off
  • Kabokweni - I thought it was windy when checking trees were just quite.
  • Mbabane SD - Short but quite loud noise like a far blast, with doors and windows ratling for 1 to 2 seconds, first time experience, had no clue at the time that this was a tremor !
  • Nelspruit - i had jut woken from an afternoon nap when I felt the house shaking. It felt like a low level jet flying next to my house or a train driving next to my house. I made a silent prayer as I thought it was the end of the world.
  • White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa - Heard the rumble before we felt the shaking. It lasted about 30 seconds.
  • West Acres Nelspruit Valencia Street - Felt like in Jhb when an aeroplane flies over your house very low.
  • Carolina - Heard the rumbling and asked my wife who was in another room if she heard it also. Thought it was a truck passing on the road, but it was weird. Also felt a light shaking, lasted about 10 seconds
  • USGS South Africa Jul 07 14:52 4.7 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Stoffberg - Very light vibration that could be felt while sitting on our couch with heavy solid wooden door audibly vibrating
  • ER Bloemfontein, South Africa Jul 30 20:30 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • South Africa Free State - Loud rumbling sound moving closer and louder, then shaking started and lasted about a minute or minute and a half and this continued to move on about 6 towns further where it was also felt
  • Bloemfontein freestate south africa - Could feel ground shaking, windows rattled for quite a while.
  • Reddersburg Freestate, SA - Around 22:30 a mini earthquake hit the freestate I was relaxing in bed when I heard a rumbling noise and the windows started shaking...my coffee fell of the cupboard
  • Jagersfontein - I was in bed reading, still wide awake. I heard a rumbling from far and as it came closer I could feel vibrations. I woke my husband and we both were wide-eyed, and for a good few seconds the house rumbled. It was rather frightening and very unexpected.
  • Bloemfontein, South Africa - Quite surprizing. Never before felt one in Bloemfontein.
  • Bloemfontein - I was lying in bed still awake when the rumbling started. It grew louder and continued for about 15seconds.
  • ER Guateng, South Africa (exp Report) Jun 24 17:00 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Brakpan South Africa - It happened around 7pm CAT with rumbling noise and shaking. The windows also rattled. It is in the East Rand area of Johannesburg (Brakpan, Benoni, Springs, Boksburg) Gauteng, South Africa.
  • ER office - We have enclosed this report based on a Experience report from an inhabitant of Brakpan. If other people have felt this earthquake, please notify by filling in the form below.
  • James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Apr 22 07:00 5.7 7 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Apr 26 08:00 0.0 33 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Apr 14 08:00 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Oct 05 07:00 5.8 33 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Sep 29 07:00 6.3 15 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Dec 31 08:00 6.8 15 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Dec 04 08:00 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Jul 21 07:00 0.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT South Africa Feb 20 08:00 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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