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Earthquakes in the world on December 2, 2013 (M2.9 or more) – Earthquake shaking in Johannesburg, South Africa

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Earthquake shaking in Johannesburg, South Africa
Based on an increasing number of visitors joining us from Johannesburg, we believe that an earthquake was felt. When you are one of the people who felt the shaking of this earthquake, please fill in the form behind “I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake” on top of the list. Thank you.
Update : This earthquake has NO relation with the “South of Africa” earthquake in the list below.
Update : Following the South-African seismological agency, this earthquake has been triggered because of water in old mines. This means that this type of earthquakes will go on in the future (at least if their explanation is correct). What happens in such case is more or less similar than fracking earthquakes (extracting natural gas from stone layers in the underground). In case of fracking, wastewater is injected again in ground layers making the underground to be lubricated. Fracking is already responsible for minor damage in many locations in the USA and elsewhere.
Update December 3 15:26 UTC : To our own surprise, USGS has reported the Johannesburg earthquake a few minutes ago. Well, this was a serious one if the data are correct. Magnitude 4.8 !  EMSC reported a value of 4.0, quite a big error margin and difference between both. The reality will be somewhere between both (seismology is a very difficult discipline).

USGS epicenter location

USGS epicenter location

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Dec 02 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Johannesburg - I was sitting on the bed (not the ground floor, 1st floor) when I felt the bed tremble and the roof creaked and groaned loudly as if there was someone on the roof. This lasted no more than three seconds. I was freaked out.
  • Johannesburg - bolem sie
  • Gauteng - A shake for approx. 3 seconds
  • Johannesburg - for 30 secondes
  • Pretoria - confrmed with neigbours all felt the shake even 5km away.. mainly shaking
  • Pretoria - It felt like someone was moving a very heavy object in the house. Lasted aprox 5 secs.
  • Pretoria - Nothing was damaged
  • Bela Bela - Lasted for about 5 seconds, was strong enough to trigger some car/house alarms.
  • Midstream Estate - small shake, neighbour alarm went off
  • Irene - Heard it more than feeling any shaking, deep thumping sound.
  • Johannesburg - Felt the house shake for just 1 second.
  • Sharonlea - About a 45 second tremor
  • Pretoria - It was like falling into a deep whole for a few seconds.....South Africa has never had such stuff until now.....could this have been an earthquake?
  • Pretoria, Rietondale - Windows rattled severely at approx 21:18 and it lasted for approx 45 seconds
  • Bela-Bela - Never felt an earth quake before in south africa.
  • Nylstroom - Strong shaking with thunder-like noise - very scary! My whole bed shook
  • JHB - Felt shaking that 3-5 second leaving a dis-orientating feeling
  • Settlers - No damage, rumbling, earth shaking, windows rattling , duration 10 seconds.
  • Johannesburg - and another one just now (02/12/2013, 22h00)
  • Centurion - Felt as if someone was shaking my couch underneath me.
  • Pretoria - Shaking enough to rattle the doors on the wardrobe as well as the floor beneath, on second story
  • Hammanskraal - It felt like a truck just hit a wall or something...the vibrations were felt,blocked ears...quiet an experience!
  • Bela-Bela - My Boyfriend and I were watching a movie when the flat started shaking and the car alarms outside went off. The whole place was vibrating. Thank goodness it wasn't bad enough to cause damage
  • bela bela - Felt the house shaking for about 5sec. Car alarms going off.
  • Pretoria - I felt vibrations for about 3seconds and heard a rumbling
  • Johannesburg - No damage. Fairly strong shudders
  • Johannesburg - Windows rattled for a few seconds. Was a constant strength throughout so knew it was not a passing truck on the nearby main road. No damage.
  • Pretoria - Droning sound, bed shaking, windows rattling, no damage
  • Johannesburg - I felt a light tremor which lasted about 3-4 seconds.
  • Kwa-Mhlanga - Nothing has damaged but what i felt was a big scary,the sound and shaking.....
  • Johannesburg - Strong shaking. Felt like the roof was cracking.
  • Centurion - No damage. Heard a roaring sound followed by a vibration.
  • Johannesburg - My lamp next to my bed was shaking! it was the weirdest experience! I felt SHAKING - 45 seconds long!
  • Mayville - Sounded like someone hit the wall with a hammer and the dogs started barking.Then the couch shook like it was lifted slightly and then dropped.
  • Johannesburg - Felt the desk move slightly for a few seconds, no damage whatsoever but very strange sensation! My husband did not feel anything, but it really lasted only a few seconds...
  • Pretoria - There is no damaged what so ever
  • Hammanskraal - no damages
  • Pretoria - I was watching a video in my phone outside my house. Sliding gate rattled. The inly thing thatvrattles the gate us my 2 year old. Not even strong wind reaches it... lasted a few seconds. was wierd. around 9.45 pm.Now I know what it was.... First for me...
  • Mokopane - I was sitting on the couch and the roof creaked as if the wind was blowing very strong outside. But then it groaned loudly outside for more than 3 seconds. No damage as far as I know. Felt very weird as it is the first time this happened in my town.
  • Warmbaths - It was n light I veld if some on try to shake the couch you can hear the stuff in the house shaking sound awsome 1st time earthquake in Warmbaths almost like someone was playing superloud bass music
  • Johanesburgo - El primer terremoto que siento de verdad, ha durado como unos 7 segundos y algunos objetos se han movido, una sensación muy rara, te quedas en estado de shock, el suelo se sentía como se movía.
  • Pretoria - I felt my window rattle and thought der was someone doing that , i immediately switch my cctv monitor on and der was no one. I was a bit scared though
  • Pretoria - 30sec
  • Doornpoort, Pretoria - It was like the deep sound of subtle thunder accompanied by a light vibration felt under our feet. It only lasted for approx. 30 seconds. We had no idea it was a tremor until our daughter from Canada told us she read about it on Twitter! Fun ;-)
  • Marble Hall - Felt it very clearly, even the appliances on counter tops where shaking along with windows, made rumbling almost like a train going by the window. Lasted a couple of seconds.
  • Johannesburg North - Was lying in bed around 21h23 (3rd floor in complex) when the bed wobbled & shook for about 5-10 seconds. Bit of rattling of windows. No damage but I was a bit freaked out.
  • Pretoria - Deep rumbling sound, shaking and movement of bed was felt. Windows rattled. No damaged.
  • Pretoria - Was a whole lotta shaken goin on. Walls cracked even further. Even my cat went all big eyes.
  • Naboomspruit - A very strange sensation as it was the first time ever. We live on Springbok Flats. No damage. Firts impression was rumbling sound, then everything rattled (windows, walls), and it was gone. Still feels unreal.
  • Pretoria - Vibrated for about 5 seconds....no damage at all
  • Nylstroom - There was a low rumbling like thunder, but it grew louder and then the house started shaking. I started timing it and my children came running into the house and we did the getting under a table as exercised in New Zealand. (We moved back to SA 4 years ago). It was about 18 seconds before the shaking stopped and the rumbling dissipated after 21 seconds. It felt like the 4.2 quake we went through in New Zealand.
  • Groblersdal - Grumbling sound caused dogs to bark. Lasted few seconds. No tremmors.
  • Middelburg, Mpumalanga - No damage to our property - felt a tremor, shudder & slight movement of the floor. Some of the smaller pieces of furniture moved slightly.
  • Centurion - Light shaking almost a wobble and a roof creek, slight pressure change pop heard. For about 3 seconds. On my 3rd floor apartment.
  • Johannesburg - The Earth moved for about 10 secs :) It was a very definite rumble. No damage that I can see.
  • Pretoria North - Felt the earth moving @ ±21:10 on 2/12/2013
  • Bronkhorstspruit - Deep rumbling noise, windows rattling,no damage, lasted about 10 seconds
  • Midstream Estate - At 21h18 felt the earth trembling in the lounge for about 4 seconds. Then again at 23h00. Very strange and scary .
  • Pretoria - Was already asleep and was woken by the shaking - lasted for approximately 5 seconds.
  • Pretoria - Around 21:20 was sitting on my couch, thought the my kids were trying to shake the couch, the wall unit and all contents started rattling. My friend visiting sitting on another couch thought she was also being rocked on a normal couch. We both said earthquake. Then the social media feeds started coming through.
  • Naboomspruit - It felt like heavy lightning Never thought that we would have an earthquake in the Bush
  • Pretoria - A once off shake
  • Warmbaths - on 2 December 13 at 10h00, it sounded like a thunder storm in the distance and then it became much stronger suddenly the earth started shaking and trembling lasted for about 10 seconds.. no damage
  • Nylstroom - Ek dog daar het 'n vliegtuig het op my dak geval. So geskrik het al wat venster en gordyn toe gemaak, my hond probeer onder my bed inkruip (20cm hoog)! "Alien's Attack"
  • Pretoria - Windows shaking, felt like someone was shaking the roof of our house. Could hear glasses in the cupboards rattling. First time we felt it this way and this strong. No damage that is visible.
  • Pretoria - Windows were ratteling for about 10 second. Dogs were running around scared. Very scary experience.
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  • Pretoria - Could feel the quake run through the house. Heard a rumbling sound and saw our xmas tree shaking. First thought it was an ATM bombing nearby....
  • Gauteng - The roofing, windows and walls were shaking. It was scary but yet a nice experience at the same time.
  • Bela Bela - Windows rattled, heavy bed moved, dogs went crazy. No damage.
  • Johannesburg - Bed shook for about 3 seconds
  • Johannesburg - 3rd event and getting worse and lasting longer10-20seconds, woke me up at night. best described as growing stronger per second like a fast car accelerating. praise God no damage or injury. I live in a city where this does not happen at this frequency? rare to have even one, man made usually, mining related.
  • Pretoria - I was lying in bed (on the second floor), the roof creaked, windows rattled ( barely noticeable) and my hanging light vibrated. The windows and roof were mere seconds but my light continued vibrating for about 30 seconds. A few minutes later the roof creaked again and the windows barely rattled. I did not notice anything happen to the light. ( It is a small hanging Chandelier type)
  • Johannesburg - At about 21:19 on 2 December I was at home (1st floor apartment), sitting on the couch, busy on my laptop, when I felt this very brief, weird, moving, swinging sensation. It felt like the building swayed from the one side to the other. It was over VERY quickly. Very freaky, don't experience things like this much here.
  • Pretoria East - At 21:10 I was in bed and the whole room was shaking underneath me for about 5 seconds, and then it stoped.
  • Johannesburg - Felt a weak shaking, no known damage.
  • Pretoria/Hammanskraal - Pretoria/Hammanskraal -- Felt the floor moving and windows shanking - it was weird and then suddenly every one ask if I had felt it and then I realized that is was not normal and went far - my friends who live up to 30km - 50km away also asked
  • Hammanskraal - i felt the earth shaking like WeChat
  • Pretoria - Around 21h15, felt the bed shake, low rumbling. No damage
  • Pretoria - I've felt tremors before, but last night was different. I was on a chair watching tv at about 9pm and it felt like it moved through my body. Weird, exciting!
  • Naboomspruit, limpopo - The windows was rumbling and bed was moving
  • Pretoria East - the ground was shaking
  • VLAKLAAGTE NO.2 - I was sitting with my daughter at around 21:40 and we heard strange sound like an airplane is passing just above our roof. It kept up until we feld the sofa we were sitting at shaking and my niece in the bedroom confirmed that the bed was vibrating. The windows also shook like when you open a huge volume sound
  • Pretoria - Felt light shaking some time past nine. some of my (poorly installed?) cornices came loose.
  • Modimolle - i was in bed when i heard something shaking i thought a house is burning i went outside to check i didn't find anything that were i heard the place shaking i didn't sleep at all
  • Temba - Was falling asleep watching TV ...den thought I was dreaming...felt it for the first time. Tsheko Modise
  • Pretoria - No damage.
  • Pretoria - We were sitting on the couch, we felt a light vibration and rumbling sound for about 3 to 5 seconds... My couch was actually shaking... We had no idea what could have caused it... We are not use to earthquakes in South Africa. Thought is was a ATM boming
  • Naboomspruit - I whas still awake and working on my laptop in the living room when it happend,got a fright because we are not use to it.
  • Pretoria - The main tremor lasted about 10 seconds and the rumbling sound could be heard for at least a minute. No visible damage
  • Pretoria - 30 seconds - 1 min of low rumbling and rattling of doors and windows.
  • Pretoria - Sounded like people running around on my roof, walls were vibrating and the windows were shaking! Scary!
  • Centurion - My son was on the first floor of our house watching TV when everything started rattling and shaking. He came running down asking if it might be another sinkhole! As you know Centurion is known for sinkholes! I did not feel it on the ground floor - was in the bath at the time. He reckons it lasted about 8 seconds. Roof and windows shaking and rattling.
  • Randburg - Was sitting watching tv and heard a rumble and the whole building shook for a few seconds. So weird. No damage.
  • Pretoria - 9:15pm, Roof rattled and a very slight tremmor felt! No damage.
  • Pretoria - No damage. The house shook for a second or two and the roof creaked loudly as if beams had shifted
  • Pretoria - I was sitting in my livingroom when I heard a rumbling. I looked at the window and then I felt my chair shaking underneath me. Then I heard the livingroom door shake. It was more like a shock wave. My husband was in the room next door but he didn't feel it.
  • Johannesburg - I was sitting in my lounge in Midrand when I felt my chair move. The roof groaned. My windows shook. It lasted about 20 seconds.
  • Pretoria - Felt as if very heavy vehicle drove by for about 5-7 seconds.
  • Pretoria North, Akasia - tv was shaking for 3 sec
  • Majaneng - I was lying on my bed, then I thought there was a truck in my yard, I went to the kitchen to look through the window, but there was nothing. then in the morning I asked my mother but she eaid it was a lightning.
  • Pretoria - I was lying in bed with my hand against the wall and felt it shake. Needles to say I was awake after that
  • Pretoria - I was lying in bed watching TC, when all of a sudden my headboard started shaking and my jewelry box has a lid at the top with a mirror that was standing open at the time and I could see it shake for about 30 sec..
  • Randburg - Windows shook, sofa actually moved. No damage
  • Pretoria - I felt shaking and trembling at about 21h22. There was a distant rumbeling sound as well. Lasted around 4 sec. No Damage.
  • Pretoria East - No damage, just doors rattling and shaking
  • Nylstroom(Modimolle) - I was watching a movie with my little sisters the next thing the ground started shaking and I was like “flip what's happening now”
  • Pretoria - Unusual . . .
  • Heatherdale - Felt the earthquake at 21:17 and it lasted just short of a minute, closed aluminium doors rattled, picture frames knoked against walls, bed Backboard also knocked against wall... Garage floor cracked and uplifted about 5 mm, crack on wall of 250mm long opening to 15mm wide, felt by all inside house, wife and myself as well as 2 birds and 2 dogs - birds went ballistic
  • Centurion - At about 29:20 I heard a banging sound and the photos on the wall rattled. I know this as the frames are wooden and I could hear the wooden photo frames knocking against the wall. From the banging sound until the last photo frame stopped knocking against the wall was about 10 to 15 seconds.
  • Craigavon - I was lying in bed at 21h20 and it felt like someone was shaking my bed hard. Whew, strange, scary feeling.
  • Pretoria East - It Rattled my Propertie
  • Pretoria - Bed was shaking and noise from story above me of shaking
  • Centurion - Felt the shake at 21:15 for about 10 seconds.
  • Morningside Johannesburg - We felt the house tremble gently for about 20 secs just after 9pm on December 2
  • Pretoria - Was lying on bed and felt shaking for 5 seconds
  • Johannesburg - I just felt my bed moving and then I realized the fan on the roof was also moving, lasted a while, about 6 seconds.
  • Pretoria - No damage at first i felt the shaking then it was like a heavy wind blowing outside,it was very very scary
  • Pretoria/Hammanskraal - It felt like I am dizzy while I was sitting on the couch and it took plus minus 3 seconds at around 21h44. Something is going on here if we just sit and relax we are going to face consequences.
  • Pretoria - My bed as well as the windows started shaking! Very weird experience
  • Pretoria - property not damaged. some people's drinking glasses were broken. it took only several seconds and stopped. it was a big scarry as if something strong jumped on the roof
  • Kempton Park - At approximately 21:19 on Dec. 2, we experienced a minor tremor that caused our windows to rattle. Our daughter was already in bed and she said she felt it as well. The tremor lasted up to seconds.
  • Hartbeespoortdam - On 2 December 2013 at 21:19 I was sitting in front of my computer. I heard a loud rumble as if a huge truck was coming or passing. The dogs started to bark. The earth lightly shaked. The windows rattled (one cracked) and the table where my computor stands lightly shaked. It lasted about 10 seconds. Neighbours in 5km radius texted me to ask if I felt the tremor too.
  • Hammankraal - It was very powerful there was no way you wouldn't be scared.
  • Pretoria - About 30 seconds of rumbling in total. I was outside, the birds in the trees all started chirping just before the "shake" started. Shaking lasted appox. 10 seconds. No visible damage.
  • Pretoria - No damage
  • Honeydew - No damage. It felt weird, as if someone had was holding my couch and moving it slightly backwards and forwards, but nothing violent. It was just an unearthly feeling. I looked at my Hubby and asked him if felt it and asked me the same thing and we both confirmed that we felt a tremor. Lasting about a few seconds.
  • Pretoria - No damage. Would like to know the cause!
  • Soshanguve-B - No damage done. I was walking from kitchen to bedroom. Whilst in the passage I heard a slight roaring sound & the house shaking. While I stood to ascertain what I was hearing, I felt a little dizzier & balanced myself with the wall. The sound took approximately 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Pretoria - I felt asleep on the sofa, then I felt the sofa shaking, I thot I was dreaming, then I woke up and found out it was really shaking, it lasted abt 10-15 seconds. I told my fiancee that the earth was shaking she believed that I was dreaming. Later on cement particles started falling on to the ceiling...
  • Middelburg - Only felt a slight tremor: I was sitting on couch in lounge but my wife standing in kitchen didn't feel it. No rattling of windows or household items but I heard a definite yet soft rumbling sound outside. (No radio or television was on.) Lated approximately 8 to 10 seconds.
  • Centurion - Felt trimmers at about 21h00 on 2 Des 2013. Nothing broken.
  • Centurion - Light shaking for 15 to 20 seconds
  • Middelburg MP - Only felt a slight tremor while I was sitting on couch in lounge but my wife standing in kitchen didn't feel it. No rattling of windows or household items but I heard a definite yet soft rumbling sound outside. (No radio or television was on.) Lasted approximately 8 to 10 seconds.
  • Pretoria - Furniture in house shook for about 3 seconds
  • Pretoria - At around 21:15 we heard a low rumble. Initially thought it might be thunder or a truck, but then the shaking started. Tv cabinet shook, you could hear glasses in the cupboards and the glass doors rattled. No damages.
  • Bela bela - Floor trembled and windows rattled
  • Pretoria - Light shaking experienced whilst in bed, felt like a vibration that lasted about 3-5 minutes
  • Mpumalanga - de was no damage but de floor,windows,de roof nd other object in de house were very shaking strongly it lasted for 10-15 second ......thought dat it was a tremor
  • Pretoria - Around 21:19 on 2 Dec I heard a rumbling sound and the bed started to shake. The tremor lasted approx 5-7 seconds. As I've experienced numerous earthquakes in the past, I immediately thought it might have been an aftershock of the tremor felt in Johannesburg a while back.
  • Randburg - Creepy
  • Modimolle - Modimolle we heard it come like a wave it lasted about 10 seconds.
  • KwaSimu - I was standing naked in the bathroom, just had a bath at 21:20. I felt something moving like a train coming from the Eastern direction Westwards. I can believe that it was stronger in Mpumalanga because my colleagues who stay in Pretoria and surroundings experienced it at 22:00 hour and later.
  • KwaSimu - I felt something like a train movement coming from the East. I felt it shaking from outside then the Eastern part of the house, the center of the house and then the Western side of the house. I was moving gently but the house trembled vigorously. I have heard that one house in Kgobokoane near Siyaboswa has been demolished.
  • Johannesburg ,Alberton - Windows vibrated , woke up birds outside .
  • Pretoria - Windows and roof rattled for about a minute, no damages.
  • Marble Hall - I just heard a long rumbling noice that went on for only about 15 seconds. Only now realise what it was
  • Midrand - Bed vibrated twice for a few seconds each time... door creaked twice as well - very weird feeling.
  • Rust te winter - I was in bed at 9.15pm heard a rumble thought another storm was on the way next thing the whole house started to shake lasted about 10 seconds than moved on
  • Johannesburg - No damage. Rumbling heard followed by shaking for about 5 to 8 seconds. I was sitting on the couch and it moved as the shaking continued. Wooden flooring sounds similiar to when they expand/contract.
  • Johannesburg - A rumbling (somewhere between thunder and the neighbors moving something VERY heavy) occurred at roughly 21h10, which lasted about 5 seconds. No damage.
  • Mpumalanga - A bit of shaking like big plain crossing over
  • Vaalwater - Vaalwater: We felt a rumbling and shaking lasting about 15 seconds. We live in the mountains, it was scary!
  • Centurion - The sofa trembled and there was a noise as if some is running on the roof.it lasted for 3 to 4 sec.
  • Pretoria Cullinan - was walking up the stairs when we heard this loud rumbling. and then the roof began to creek and a few stuff on the walls were moving. and was gone within 45 seconds
  • Randburg - No noted damage
  • Pretoria - No damage.
  • Pretoria - On first floor, building shook. Felt as if everything moved from side to side. Could hear the tremble come from behind me, moving past me and onward. Rocked in my office chair. No damage.
  • Centurion - I felt it - the pipes in my roof was shaking and I felt it upstairs in our house.
  • Pretoria - first time experiencing a tremor in Pretoria, felt unsettling. shaked for about 10 seconds. Thought it was a heavy construction vehicle initially...no property damage.
  • Temba - I was on a phone when I heard the shaking. En I told my cousin something strange is happening.He said wat? I said I dnt know. Went check through the window,I saw my neighbours also checking out. For some reason I thought someone is breaking in cos all I cud hear was my sliding door making noise. I was shaking. Then I immediately said a prayer.
  • Pretoria - My couxh shook
  • Pretoria - Light shaking woke me up and disturbed our pets slightly. No damage, lasted for 5 - 7 seconds.
  • Marble Hall - scary
  • Nylstroom - it was strange I explained to my 5 year old what just happend, no damage
  • Johannesburg - Whole building was shaking
  • Pretoria - Doors in house made a funny rattle noice for approx 10 seconds
  • Centurion - Centurion-It was really scary, I was sitting on the couche and suddently felt the trembling for few seconds
  • Kwaggafontein c - I with my sitting with my wife relaxing while we hear this sound like a big plain next to the roof we quickly went outside next to the window and it was shaking lasted for almost a minute
  • KwaMhlanga - "No noted damage to property however the shaking was very notable as it felt as if it was happening right under the house.
  • Johannesburg - I was in my lounge reading when I felt the ground shaking under my feet. Surprised I stood up to be sure, it was a shock as it was the 1st time that I've experienced such a phenomena, all windows and glass doors were shaking in my 2nd floor apartment. It was quite concerning as I did not know if they'd shatter. The quake lasted for about a minute.
  • Bela bela - The whole house was shaking there was a loud thunder like roar it lasted a few seconds
  • Bela Bela - I was sitting on my bed when I heard an increasing rumble. Then the earth shook for about 5/6 seconds. Ran outside and everybody was out on the street. Ugly Cracks now appearing in my walls???
  • EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Dec 02 23:54 4.5 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 02 23:54 4.5 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS King Salmon, Alaska Dec 02 23:33 3.2 100 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEONET Whangamata Dec 02 23:06 3.3 221 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Dec 02 22:32 3.1 29 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEONET Christchurch Dec 02 22:14 2.9 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Southern Bolivia Dec 02 21:41 4.4 242 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Potosi, Bolivia Dec 02 21:41 4.2 242 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Okunoya, Japan Dec 02 21:26 4.6 69 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 02 21:26 4.6 67 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 02 21:26 4.8 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEONET Gisborne Dec 02 20:29 3.0 58 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Dec 02 20:09 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 02 20:09 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    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
    USGS Homer, Alaska Dec 02 18:49 3.0 86 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Atacama, Chile Dec 02 18:42 4.0 98 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Sicily, Italy Dec 02 18:28 3.2 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Dec 02 17:55 3.1 128 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Poland Dec 02 17:11 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Greece Dec 02 16:04 3.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Crete, Greece Dec 02 15:01 3.1 1 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece Dec 02 14:58 3.3 1 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Jujuy, Argentina Dec 02 14:53 4.4 190 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Salta Province, Argentina Dec 02 14:53 4.2 196 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS San Antonio De Los Cobres, Argentina Dec 02 14:53 4.5 193 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Easter Island Region Dec 02 14:45 4.9 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Easter Island Region Dec 02 14:45 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Easter Island Region Dec 02 14:45 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Western Indian-antarctic Ridge Dec 02 14:03 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Western Indian Antarctic Ridge Dec 02 14:03 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Flores Region, Indonesia Dec 02 13:25 4.9 196 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Flores Region, Indonesia Dec 02 13:25 4.8 188 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nila Dua, Indonesia Dec 02 13:25 4.9 198 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Potosi, Bolivia Dec 02 13:18 3.4 181 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Andreanof Islands, Aleutian Is. Dec 02 12:36 4.0 26 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Adak, Alaska Dec 02 12:36 4.0 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS South Of Africa Dec 02 12:18 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Of Africa Dec 02 12:18 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Of Africa Dec 02 12:18 5.5 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Eastern Turkey Dec 02 12:12 2.9 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Jujuy, Argentina Dec 02 11:36 4.1 244 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Punta Cana, Dominican Republic Dec 02 10:57 3.3 119 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEONET Whakatane Dec 02 10:51 3.1 232 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Atacama, Chile Dec 02 10:12 4.5 95 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Gilroy, California Dec 02 10:05 3.7 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Gilroy, CA - It heard a rumble noise and then a kind of rocking sensation for a few seconds, Gilroy, CA approximately 2:10 this morning
  • Gilroy - Woke all members of household, including sound sleepers.
  • Aptos - Minor shaking that lasted about 6-8 seconds
  • Seaside, CA - 2:05 a.m. bed shook lightly for 2-3 seconds...enough that I knew there had been an earthquake.
  • GILROY - Just woke us up.
  • Aromas - Punch with a roll--woke up
  • San Jose - Shook the bed enough to wake me up, Wasn't sure if it was an earthquake so I checked this morning to confirm.
  • GILROY - It woke me up, weak shaking and some noise, no known damage.
  • Gilroy - It shook enough to wake the dog & me. Wife slept right through it
  • aromas - Felt a nice shake woke me and my wife and knocked down some ornaments from our christmas tree....
  • Salinas - Heard it just before the shaking. Lasted long enough to wake 3 adults and 2 dogs.
  • Watsonville - I woke up like 30 Seconds before it happened and it scared the poop out of me, my brother felt it too :o
  • Gilroy - Light to moderate shake. Enough to wake our family. No damages in the house. Just insomnia after the shake.;)
  • Watsonville - House felt like something hit it. Strong boom not rolling.
  • Gilroy - Rumbling and then mild shaking enough to wake us up. Scared the cats and dog
  • Morgan Hill - Woke up and was wide awake. Didn't know why because I am a deep sleeper.
  • Aptos, CA - A short but strong jolt shook me awake this morning around 2am.
  • Morgan Hill - Upstairs felt bed shake and doors rattle. Did not hear any dogs bark in the neighborhood.
  • Morgan hill - Woken up
  • Avante - no damage. i just felt a bit of shaking
  • Santa Cruz - Heard it that woken up, then felt house movement
  • Santa Cruz - woke me up just after 2 am. rumbling, then slight shaking/rolling.
  • Aptos - I heard the house shaking and felt a small tremor. It lasted only a few seconds.
  • Hollister - Woke me up
  • Gilroy - Felt some shaking in my sleep.
  • Gilroy - Woke with the bed shaking and a rumbling noise
  • Gilroy ca - Rattling windows and shaking ceiling woke me up. No damage.
  • Gilroy - It was a jolt and then a little shake and that was all we felt.
  • Aptos - Up with my two year old at 2:00 am (my birthday) and felt it. First heard, then felt.
  • Concord - I think my dog felt it. She is easily scared by things such as wind storms. In the middle of the night she jumped on the bed and snuggled with me. Like she was spooked or scared. Normally she sneaks on the bed. I kicked her off a dozen times. She was not going to sleep on her bed.
  • Corralitos - I woke up then felt the light shaking. Why do we wake up first?
  • Santa Cruz - I just felt some weak shaking that lasted a couple seconds.
  • Aromas - I felt a shaking roll for a bout 10 seconds? It woke me and my son up. By the way all 3 of my cats were being a total nuisance beforehand kept jumping on me and sitting in my lap or on my legs. I kept moving that but they kept coming back. They NEVER do that. By the way they still are. Strange.
  • Watsonville, CA - No known damage.
  • Aptos,CA - i was sleeping,it woke me up,felt the groun rumbling,lamp next to my bed was shaking...i am very sensitive to things so i woke up.
  • Marina - Was woken up at around 2 am by a light shaking earthquake; was short, but certainly nerve racking.
  • Coolville - We heard a loud boom and the pictures rattled on the wall. We had equipment running so we thought the sound was possibly a very loud gun!
  • EMSC Northern California Dec 02 10:05 3.6 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Iran Dec 02 09:23 4.1 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Dec 02 09:01 3.1 122 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Simeulue, Indonesia Dec 02 08:32 4.3 35 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Sinabang, Indonesia Dec 02 08:32 4.3 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra Dec 02 08:32 4.3 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey Dec 02 07:55 2.9 9 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Sinabang, Indonesia Dec 02 07:34 5.3 34 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Dec 02 07:34 5.3 25 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Simeulue, Indonesia Dec 02 07:34 5.3 6 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Jones, Oklahoma Dec 02 07:10 2.9 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Crete, Greece Dec 02 06:17 3.1 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Aegean Sea Dec 02 06:11 3.6 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Libertador O'higgins, Chile Dec 02 04:48 3.5 43 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Isabela, Puerto Rico Dec 02 03:25 3.1 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Western Turkey Dec 02 03:16 3.0 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Western Turkey Dec 02 02:22 3.1 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEONET Whitianga Dec 02 02:18 4.0 281 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Southeast Of Loyalty Islands Dec 02 02:15 5.7 115 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Loyalty Islands Dec 02 02:15 5.6 113 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Isangel, Vanuatu Dec 02 02:14 5.6 123 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Dec 02 01:36 4.6 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Banda Sea Dec 02 01:36 4.6 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Antofagasta, Chile Dec 02 01:25 3.7 246 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Mendoza, Argentina Dec 02 01:23 3.7 179 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Fiji Islands Region Dec 02 00:59 4.7 569 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Fiji Region Dec 02 00:59 4.6 565 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Fiji Region Dec 02 00:59 4.6 569 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Caspian Sea, Offshore Azerbaijan Dec 02 00:49 3.9 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS La Romana, Dominican Republic Dec 02 00:33 4.2 108 MAP I Felt It
  • Juan Dolio - Husband and I were each sitting in a chair on the 3rd floor of a 5 story bldg., when we each felt a very distinct 'bump' under our chairs, followed by a slight tremble. At the same time a hanging item on our balcony began to swing and clang. Altogether it lasted 5-10 seconds but was very distinct feeling
  • EMSC Dominican Republic Dec 02 00:33 4.2 108 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Valparaiso, Chile Dec 02 00:28 3.5 82 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEONET Whangamata Dec 02 00:14 2.9 205 MAP I Felt It

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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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    Comments

    1. Ansje Sprout says:

      Nylstroom: WOW! it was strange, I ran outside trying to see what was flying over the house and I saw my neighbour outside with big eyes! I asked if she saw anything and when she said no (and she was sitting outside) I knew it was an eartquake! that was an awesome experience…

    2. anz says:

      rumbling sound like thunder lat approx. 30 to 45 second I guess

    3. Yvette says:

      Vaalwater: We felt a rumbling and shaking lasting about 15 seconds. We live in the mountains, it was scary!

    4. Yvette says:

      Vaalwater: We felt a rumbling and shaking. We live between the Waterberg mountains, it was scary. Lasted about 15 seconds.

    5. Eddie says:

      Hammanskraal – i felt the earth shaking like WeChat

    6. Juanita says:

      I thought it was heavy lightning Never thought that we will have a earthquake in the Bushveld

    7. K Euvrard says:

      Groblersdal/Marble Hall area. Grumbling sound cause dogs to bark last night. No tremmors.

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