Very Strong earthquake - Botswana on April 3, 2017

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Magnitude : 6.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-04-03 19:40:16

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-04-03 17:40:16

Depth (Hypocenter) : 22 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Botswana Apr 03 18:38 4.1 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Serowe - It was very scary. ..at first we thought it was a moving truck..no damages
  • Gaborone - At 1st i thought someone in the house was shaking the cough i was lying on, but then i thought there is a machinery passing outside, then my lady came running from the bedroom with the baby.. it was time to evacuate!
  • Walvis Bay - 7:00pm local time on April 3. Significant shaking of couch, tv and blinds.
  • harare - it was a weak shaking but at first thought it was my dog playing under my chair! no property was damaged and no one was injured.
  • Pretoria - No damage, Counted at least 15 seconds of tremor.
  • Maputo - ...
  • Fairland - Felt couch/floor vibrating. It lasted about 2 min
  • Welkom FS - Shaking rattled the lights and a feeling of imbalances when standing. Lasted for 30 sec No damages experienced Had same happening in less than 2014 that originated from Orkney,North West. Very unsual feeling but scary too
  • MAHALAPYE, GABORONE - no damaged property but the shake was terrible
  • FRANCISTOWN - We were in Spar shop, moving between shelves when a very strong shaking which at first we thought its someone on the otherside doing maintenance, Cooking oil bottles were strongly shaking but later found that its a tremor
  • Walvis Bay - House contents shook significantly. I also felt disorientated as when you are about to faint and my head was spinning. For a moment there I thought I was getting a heart attack until I saw the rest of my family were confused and disorientated as well. Luckily it only lasted about a minute or so.
  • Marondera - No damage. Just a slight wobble that rattled the door. Thought we were imagining things! Haha
  • Durban KZN Central - I was comming from church around 19:30-20:00 and felt the shaking but didnt think much of it as I didnt imagine something like a tremor could happen. I thought i was crazy or something. Lasted for around a minute. People immedietly evacuated their flats and flooded the streets screaming that the building is shaking, some said couches moved, beds moved. thats when I realized I wasnt insane earlier. quite scary...
  • modipane - At first i thought truck or heavy vehicle was passing by.....only to find out that the whole ground was shaking and since i was scared, i went out side the house very quickly....no one was injured. This incident took about 3 or less minutes
  • Gaborone - No damage. Tremor lasted about 2 minutes. Doors and windows rattled
  • Gaborone - OH GOD dat was too scary,the house was shaking and i was literally shaking as well,i tried to ran outside and it was even worser.. i pray it doesnt happen again
  • Lichtenburg - North West Province - No damages just the windows rattled and the furniture shaked and some moved a bit for about 30 seconds.
  • Tlokweng - property not damaged but it was scary.
  • Durban - I live on the 10th floor in a block of flats. The tremor started very lightly, but then got more noticeable. The cutlery was shaking and the bedroom door. A few of the tenants, including myself felt the need to leave the building.
  • Gaborone - No damages, we actually thought a train was passing (but there's no train anywhere near our place) cause there was noise plus the shaking which gradually increased every second.
  • Rustenburg - There was a moderate shaking, and my wife thought it was something heavy passing outside. Lights were shaking and moving sideways for over a minute and when we went outside all our gates were shaking including all doors leading outside the house.
  • Bulawayo - i was seated with my wife and we heard a sound and shacking. the glasses in the kitchen unit were shacking as well as the windows. i rushed out expecting to see a very huge truck but to no avail and then the shacking subsided. it took approx. 45sec.
  • Louis Trichardt - There was a weak shaking. I saw the television shaking and thought there was something wring with my eyes. Then I heard the glasses and sliding door shaking and I knew it was a slight tremor. No damage caused,just a few broken glasses
  • Palapye - No property was damaged, no casualties experienced whatsoever and I am very much aware of what led to the eartquake.
  • Palapye - No property was damaged, no casualties experienced whatsoever and I am very much aware of what led to the eartquake.
  • Livingstone - Table and booths shaking
  • palapye - At first we thought it was the blasting at the hostel building site or the fan in the room was falling..but then realised that me and my friends were not the only ones who felt the shaking
  • Selebi Phikwe - we were all in the sitting room and felt the shake and we all looked at each other and we quickly grabbed the baby and rushed outside. No damages occurred but what an experience!
  • gaborone - No damage to property. I was sitting on my bed when I heard a low roaring noise which I thought was made by a truck outside. Almost at the same time I felt my bed shake. I was not quite frightened but the experience was disturbing. It never came to my mind that it was an earth tremor until the following morning when somebody asked " did you feel the earthquake last night?'
  • gaborone - No damage to property. I was sitting on my bed when I heard a low roaring noise which I thought was made by a truck outside. Almost at the same time I felt my bed shake. I was not quite frightened but the experience was disturbing. It never came to my mind that it was an earth tremor until the following morning when somebody asked " did you feel the earthquake last night?'
  • TONOTA - shaking was strong, even patients who were vary wick run outside the clinic. i was very scary the fun part the doctor run outside with patients cards before anyone else. "DINEO'S REMINES"
  • TLOKWENG - AT first i thought a big truck passing i pacniked now when the shaking lasted for about 3 mins ,, i ran outside in pacnick mode. I WAS SO SCARED BY THE SOUND
  • Mogoditshane - I was inthe house and think there was strong wind outside but I opened the window and watched a big tree outside not shaking then my bed started dancing and I rushed outside and thought the country is drowning down and I even surrended LIFE that it was my last day.
  • GEOFON Botswana Apr 03 18:11 4.6 19 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • orapa - when it happened i tought it was blasting then i realised something difference is happening
  • Maputo - 20 storey Building was swaying for about 2 minutes
  • Serowe - it was shaking heavily , the light bulbs were shaking , the windows almost craked
  • Orapa - Started as small ground vibration and rapidly increased and was very vigorous. Ran out of the house saw the building and trees shaking. ground shaking very strong went back to the house door and shouted to the rest of the family to vacate the house. After 10 min the house rattled again. scary experience. Sand fell between the wall and ceiling.
  • Gaborone - According to Botswana Press Agency (BOPA) 30 or so students at Moijabana Community Junior Secondary School were hurt and some houses damaged. In the other areas there are no reported injuries or major damages.
  • USGS Moijabana, Botswana Apr 03 17:40 6.5 29 MAP I Felt It
  • Sabie - Just felt some shaking. water in glass rocked.
  • Johannesburg - the couch I was sitting on started shaking, just before 8pm
  • Limpopo - No damage
  • Johannesburg - Felt in a CBD high-rise. Shook for around 5-10 seconds. Pretty damn scary when not grounded.
  • Maputo - Felt shaking in Maputo. Lasted over a minute. No damage.
  • JOHANNESBURG - Ground shook. Tv rattled and shook. Vases also shook.
  • Bulawayo - the tremor was very weak
  • Francistown - I was scared
  • Mutare - Scary!!
  • Pretoria - Couch I sat on shifted
  • Brakpan - Just some light shaking
  • Walvis Bay - No damage but the whole house was rocking back and forth. Scary!
  • Mahalapye - The ground was shaking heavily for about 60 seconds. It was a bit scary and felt like it was going for a long time. Luckily no injuries or damages on our side.
  • Johannesburg - No damage! Just surprized. Had one early this morning too!
  • Alldays - Windows and doors rattled. No damage. Felt the tremors on the floor and furniture
  • sasolburg - Felt light shaking.
  • Centurion - Couch we where sitting on was moving, glass door was shaking, water in watercooler was moving a lot!
  • Jwaneng - Never seen a supermarket empty so quickly.
  • George - We stay in Wooden House on 15 Stilts, was reading in bed when house werw lightly swaying continously for about 30 seconds.
  • Harare - Very mild shaking of bed and swinging light
  • Johannesburg - Doors rattling
  • Vaalpark Free State - On bed feeling light vibration
  • Levubu - It was weird, first time that I have felt it. My bed was shaking, but nothing serious.
  • Eiffel flats, Kadoma - Was lying on my bed and felt a weak tremor.Ran to the kitchen to ask if anyone else had felt it. She hadnt.
  • Durban , - The floor on our appartment was shaking . Durban cbd, also experienced some heavy tremors . No damage to property.
  • Centurion - Doors and light fittings rattled
  • Johannesburg - Shaking which lasted for about 5 mins or so, about 25 mins ago. Could feel the couch shaking, could feel the floor moving and the tv, ornaments, pc monitors etc were also moving from side to side as well, but luckily nothing fell over and broke.
  • Gaborone - Strong shaking. Everyone on street evacuated their houses.
  • Rustenburg - No damage but things fell over in surrounding houses
  • Kempton Park - Was laying in bed and the whole bed was shaking. Cupboards flung open. Dogs going crazy outside. No damage
  • Gaborone - Iv neva been so scared in my life.. No property damage
  • Bulawayo - no damage known. long almost a minute rumbling heard quite loud but not really felt. Water in pool vibrating
  • Rustenburg - No damage caused as i know it but i stay in a double story house and the windows rattled quite badly tables and paintings on wall. Sounded like an earoplane was decending overhead. Hope the info helps
  • Port Shepstone - Very strong vibrating shaking felt by our nanny who called us immediately as we were in another suburb having dinner. We had to abandon dinner to and drive home immediately
  • Durban South Coast - Tremor lasted at least a minute - chairs shaking, liquids in our glasses swirled for ages.....
  • Francistown - House was shaking and windows rattling.
  • Gaborone - Windows rattled like mad
  • Johannesburg - My bed was vibrating for 90 seconds westdene johannesburg
  • Johannesburg - sitting on the couch and it starts shacking!
  • Johannesburg - no damage but building shook, furniture shook.
  • Lindani Vaalwater - About10 seconds of shaking. Water in swimming pool splashed.
  • Carletonville - Doors and cupboards moved, floor shaked. We felt it outside also
  • harare - light shaking
  • Gaborone - no damage.
  • Krugersdorp - Weak shake but felt the it.
  • Harare - Many people felt it in Harare, different areas around the city. Nothing more than that I don't think. Apparently people in Marondera felt it, but Masvingo - nothing.
  • Tom Burke - No damage
  • Gaborone - No damage but windows and whole house shaking
  • hartbeespoort - no property damages but moderate shakes.
  • Beestekraal - Seems that there was no damage
  • Gaborone - Long loud shaky
  • marobela - Scary but exciting experience. Enjoyed the rush...
  • Johannesburg - No visible damage. Tremors was much longer than this mornings shake. Much more than a minute I would guess. Our dining room chandelier was still swinging several minutes after the tremor stopped.
  • Gaborone - Cars,gate and Windows were moving aggressively for a few seconds
  • Warmbarths in limpopo - Everything was shaking in my house for a minute long....
  • Centurion - No damage
  • Mokopane - Windows rattled
  • Bloemfontein - Furniture and fittings in office shook and rattled.
  • Maun - Long few seconds shake. Small things felt down of the shelves. Dogs scared
  • Vredefort - It was longer than the one this morning
  • Victoria Falls - felt it!
  • Gaborone - Dogs in the whole neighborhood were going crazy
  • Dendron - Scary !! Never felt this before ! Everything shaking, trembling ... roaring !
  • Centurion - Mirrors and bed shook for 45 seconds. Car alarms went off. Dogs barking.
  • Gaborone - dusts came down from roof
  • Farm near Dwaalboom - No damage but furniture was shaking
  • bulawayo - no damage
  • FRANCISTOWN - I was outside the house so i wasnt aware of it until i was alerted by the unusual vibrating of a window. People who were inside houses reported unusual shaking of walls, roofs and furniture, not aware of any damage
  • Krugersdorp - Bed started shaking for a minute or so..weird!
  • Gaborone - My plates fell from a closed cupboard and broke
  • Potchefstroom - No damage to property, felt like someone was shaking the couch for about 30 seconds
  • Francistown - I was sitting on my bed leaning on the wall then the wall started to shake I thought my aircon was doing it I ran to tell my dad then our neighbours were also outside
  • Thsbazimbi - No damage
  • Gaborone - I thought I was losing my mind...because it was strong and certainly unexpected
  • Orapa - no property damage
  • victoria falls - Things moved around in the kitchen. Everyone went outside because it felt stronger inside. All are safe, and nothing is damaged
  • Harare - Dining table was shaking more or less 2min long as I was working at about 7:50pm.
  • Gaborone - Furniture was shaking, a strange noise was heard. Such a frightening experience, all neighbours got out to their front yards.
  • Vereeniging - Only felt like I was rocking in a boat. Was on couch
  • Francistown - No damages.
  • gaborone - Walls making noise, and alarms went off everybody rushed out.
  • Gaborone - Whole apartment was shaking
  • Tzaneen - My first experience
  • Kanye - Very strong tremors felt
  • Bulawayo - It was scary, walls were vibrating
  • Durban - I thought i hade a flatt tire.was scary
  • Francistown - Felt strong vibration and the house rolling over a rough block for about a minute
  • Krugersdorp - Chair was shaking under me
  • Gaborone - The TV shook, the sliding door rattled hard and the ground in the first floor viabrated our legs, dogs howled in fear and my son dropped to his knees to pray
  • Gaborone - Very scary, evacuated the house. Felt in Gaborone West too!
  • Francistown - Roof trusses, window panels and the floor were vibrating strongly for about 45seconds.
  • GWERU - FELT TREMORS. THOUGHT IT WAS A HEAVY TRUCK
  • Kempton Park - Couch was shaking.
  • Gaborone - I was scared, I thought the building was falling or something
  • Welkom - Almost fell from the chair. Ornaments fell to the ground. Animals went crazy
  • Lenasia - Felt the walls and bed shake a lot.
  • George - My Wife and I sat next to eachother, she was just telling me about her Mother in the Free State who text her about them experiancing a moderate earth tremor, seconds later I asked her to stop shaking her feet, she said its not her moving, then we notice the window blinds moving. Was very weird as we are very far away.
  • Gaborone - exploratory fracking in CKGR
  • Gaborone - Bed, windows and shelves shaking.
  • Gaborone - No damages! Serious shaking. Couch was moving!
  • Pretoria - Lights started swinging.
  • Ferndale - Bed was shaking slightly. Didn't last more than 15sec
  • Maputo - Felt a swaying sensation, hanging lights swaying strongly and water in the pool was almost splashing out . Can't belive we felt it all the way in Mozambique!
  • Orapa - The ground shaked aggressively thought the world was ending
  • Harare - Windows rattling furniture shaking no damage
  • Letlhakane - It all started with a straight struck that got all houses shaking and windows producing a loud sound and everyone ran out of their houses and lasted for quite a number of seconds and this was the very first time to experience such a shock. Structures stood intact with no reported incident of injuries.
  • Harare - Harare, the tremor shook windows and we felt it a bit
  • Krugersdorp - Low rumbling felt for a few minutes
  • Mpumalanga - Weird feeling, there was a light shaking lasting maybe 5-10seconds
  • Mahalapye - All safe. Nothing broken. Could hear windows rattle.
  • Shakawe - happened at exactly 20h00, for about a full minute or more
  • Pretoria - No damage to property, dogs were upset. Duration about 10 - 12 seconds.
  • Pretoria - No damage to property, dogs were upset. Duration about 10 - 12 seconds.
  • Gaborone - it made me nearly fall fortunately i was sitting down. At first I was not sure what was happening until I heard screams of fear and panic in the flat. Everyone ran out. the flat was shaking noticeable and scaring
  • Maputo - Was on first floor in high rise building. Felt like the building was moving and there was a reasonable swaying movement.
  • Jwaneng - The house was shaking and the ground too.
  • Johannesburg - Shaking of the ground
  • Maun - Nothing visibly damaged. House felt like it was at sea - everything swinging, clicking and shaking.
  • Gaborone - No damage, a lot of shaking that lasted for about 2 to 3 minutes. Very scary experience!
  • Centurion - No damage. Felt my chair shaking.
  • Francistown - Very, very loud noise of approching train or truck, and shaking for few seconds - like a wave of noise and shaking coming and going.
  • pretoria - waterbed feeling
  • Phiri ext soweto - The couch I was seating on was shaking and sound of the glasses from the kitchen. Norman Chauke
  • Jwaneng - No damage, however, we could feel the tremors for 30/45 seconds.
  • Pretoria East - No damage, no sound, just the movement.
  • mathangwane - you fill a strong as earthmoving machine is moving around
  • Gaborone - It was very scary, the flats were shaking, at first i thought a helicopter was passing by but then the shaking intensified, we had to run outside the building. But nothing is damaged
  • Walvis Bay - No damage. slight shaking while in pc chair. made me feel dizzy.
  • Gaborone - Just experienced tremors, the whole house was shaking and people in the entitre area were screaming outside, dogs barking and alarms set off.
  • Gaborone - Just experienced tremors, the whole house was shaking and people in the entitre area were screaming outside, dogs barking and alarms set off.
  • Mokolodi - Heavy shacking.
  • Tlokweng - at first thought it was heavy winds on the windows... was quickly in the closet!
  • Maun - Camping 30km outside Maun, felt chairs shaking. Moderate but lasted at least 60 seconds. No damage
  • Marondera - Currently at school and my bed was shaking .at one point I thought maybe Jesus had come down on earth and it was judgement day
  • Gaborone - This lasted for 1 min 8 sec, this is the first strongest earthquake ever felt in Botswana's history and most people are mind blown. It was very strong that anything could have happened, we thank God we are still safe and no fatalities currently recorded.
  • gaborone - the bed was shaking,and the roof n windows were making too much sound.
  • Rustenburg - I could feel the vibrations.
  • Rustenburg - I could feel the vibrations.
  • Gaborone - We were wondering what's going on on because everything was shaking and we went outside to see the electric fence shaking ..
  • Rustenburg - I could feel the vibrations.
  • Gaborone - My bed moved,scary noise around, dogs gone wild,windows became alive.
  • maputo - no damage was done by earthquake but it was shaky I was on my sofa watching news suddenly my sofa was shaking and I feel it through my legs table was shaking speakers was shaking
  • Pretoria - Floor, chair and table light shaking, but a scary situation... No damages.
  • Chizavane Mozambique - Was on the couch and felt gentle rocking movements for a few seconds and it felt if it stopped but then I felt little trembles again. I thought it was the wind but there was no wind
  • Gaborome - The shaking was felt especially the building and roofing were vibrating intensively. However nothing was damaged.
  • Mwandi District - My house rocked to and fro and my ceiling made clutter noise and i was sccared .. Safe with no damage
  • Maputo - Strong shake
  • Gaborone - We were eating. We heard a noise, at first we thought it was the gate then we felt vibrations. The water was moving. We dived under the table and the shaking lasted for about 2 minutes. We haven't found anything damaged.
  • Gaborone - I'm still shocked. No harm or damage inccured
  • Gaborone - I'm still shocked. No harm or damage inccured
  • Knysna - Shaking
  • Middleburg MP - Light shaking no damage
  • Pretoria - I was feeding our son while my husband was next to is on our couch and suddenly it starts shaking! I tell my husband to stop shaking the couch because our son is getting scared(he is 8mths old). He looks at me and says "seriously?" Then we realized its not us but an earthquake! Our house shook so much we went and stood outside. It lasted a good 8-10 minutes! Wow was so scared.
  • Gaborone - Started in the roof. Thought there were monkeys on the roof. Got progressively more noticeable until windows and doors shaking. Lasted about 30 seconds
  • Gaborone - It got flabbergasted and amused thinking someone blasted himself with a massive bomb.
  • Maputo - Doors, glasses, beds where shaking. No major damages.
  • Maputo - Doors, glasses, beds where shaking. No major damages.
  • Palapye - Was in the shower and I started feeling movement on the floor.
  • Gaborone - First I couldn't understand what it was.. but when it continued I realised it's an warthquake..it lasted for almost a minute
  • shoshong - the house was shaking and the light bulb was shaking too
  • johannesburg - Scary
  • Johannesburg - No damage. Furniture and appliances rattled. Could be felt on the lawn
  • Maun - Our roof moved and we thought our 5000 litre watertank would fall from its 6 metre high stand. This didn't happen and so far we didn't notice any damage.
  • Kanye - There was a light shaking of the ground leading to shaking of the furniture but did not damage anything
  • Gauteng - It was so weird! First thought I was getting dizzy but then our couches started moving and tvs shaking. I kinda freaked out bcoz I didn't know what was coming next. Just got my kids together n prayed for our protection! I hope the people in Botswane r ok 🙏
  • Umhlanga - Felt shaking. At first it wasn't bad but after a few seconds it got really bad.
  • Maputo - 8th floor Maputo city. Felt it, got out in the street, went back upstairs after a while.
  • harare - 20 to 30 seconds heard metal chimney shaking
  • francistown - Thought my house was falling apart very sccary
  • Gaborone - No property damage. We felt severe shaking inside the house. No breakages. We praise God for safety and protection.
  • gaborone - No damage but d whole house was shaking...everyone in d house was shocked n silent...It lasted for 60seconds
  • Gaborone - No visible damage, shaking started with windows rattling and continued for over a minute rising in intensity. evacuated house as a precaution.
  • Gaborone - We thought it was a plane flying a bit low because the noise sounded like a big plane, the windows and doors were shaking and a minute or two later the floors and furniture started shaking like crazy! It lasted quite a bit, I thought to myself that we might have to prepare ourselves for something very bad, and then thankfully it stopped. No damage at all to our property, no one hurt.
  • Gaborone - Never seen a big academic block empty so quickly, it was survival of the fastest..and that prize goes to this other lecturer.Yah scary experience..
  • Pretoria - Shaking of objects in the house, a little bit frightening.
  • PALAPYE - Building shaking in the University but no injuries been recorded in Campus so far
  • Gaborone - Cupboards & lights shook, rattling noise everywhere. No visible damage but I wonder how we will know about the structural damage to the house.
  • Gaborone - The sofa my mom was sitting on was shaking then she said it's a earth quake my dad was finishin dinner I told him to come out. It sounded like a helicopter or some heavy equipment theere was a shake neighbours also got worried.
  • lobatse - no damage bt it ws scary i hop my house is safe coz m currently at work
  • Palapye - House is shaking for around twenty seconds.
  • Gaborone CBD - initially it sounded on the roof,i observed and saw the banks Windows shaking,by that time people had started running out of the shop, i followed too, but it lasted only about a minute.
  • Gaborone CBD - initially it sounded on the roof,i observed and saw the banks Windows shaking,by that time people had started running out of the shop, i followed too, but it lasted only about a minute.
  • Gaborone CBD - initially it sounded on the roof,i observed and saw the banks Windows shaking,by that time people had started running out of the shop, i followed too, but it lasted only about a minute.
  • Gaborone CBD - initially it sounded on the roof,i observed and saw the banks Windows shaking,by that time people had started running out of the shop, i followed too, but it lasted only about a minute.
  • Kanye - I was home alone and i cried like a baby. I got panic attacks and thot my heart was going to stop. Thot the house was goin to come down on me. No damage to property only to my heart and i think i need counseling. Thanx God i survived:D.
  • Palapye - Building, doors shaking for a few seconds. No damages to properties nor utensils.
  • Mahalapye - No damage but the windows and doors were shaking. Loud noise which we thought a big truck ran into our house. Fortunately no damage
  • Ramotswa, South East - first time experiencing earth quake, was so confused!! thought was the end of the world.. still scared though... i think its gonna b back & will b definately stronger...
  • Harare - Extremely surprised by the shaking which caused lose furniture to rattle - went on for about 3 minutes - it not usual to get earthquakes in our region so we are still shaken a bit.
  • Bloemfontein - We had to evacuate from the resendence on campus at the university. Had quite a fright. No damage.
  • Gaborone - what a feeling, lifetime experience, never felt this before..
  • masunga - i thought it was the end of the world..the house was shaking
  • Gaborone - it shock only a bit too hard, no damages to property nevertheless.
  • Gaborone - Whole building shaking, scared and ran outside, water in swimming pool vibrating. No damage to property
  • Francistown - Whole house shaking and loud rambling sound
  • Maputo city - I leave in flat in which have more than 14 floors. I felt like all building was swinging for about 1 or 2 minutes. So scary.
  • Rustenburg NW South Africa - Scary
  • Sowa Town - The bed was shaking under me. Thought elephants were storming through the town or ceiling fan about to come loose.
  • Maun - Trees were shaking. It felt wierd when the whole house shook like that
  • Lephalale - Live in Lephalale. No damages. No injuries.
  • Molepolole - No damage to property. Felt like am dizzling
  • Gaborone - It was a scary sound/vibrations with everything in my room shaking. People were screaming outside and as I crept and watched out through the windo I saw street lights shaking. And Ithe saw the very building I was in swaying from the reflections on the windows of the builfing across the steet on the south.
  • Sasolburg - My chair shaked. A strange feeling as we are not used to earthquakes.
  • lephalale - i thought a plane was trying to land on top of our roof...and i quickly went out...it was the first time in ma life i experience that
  • Maputo - The 14th floor of the Radisson Blu was rockin! hanging lights were heavily swaying
  • Maputo - At 19:47 on the 4th floor of Rani Towers for about 20-25 seconds, overhead light circling and floor vibration, no damage noted.
  • Molepolole - No damage. Windows rattled,first i thought a big truck was passing near my house,rushed out for fear of my house crushing on me.It was first ever experience.
  • Lephalale - We were in bed on 3 April 2017 at around 19:50-ish and suddenly everything shook!! It was sooo cool! First time I ever experienced this in my life! A little scary but very awesome! No damages to our property.
  • tlokweng - i was shocked
  • Kempton Park - Last night was NOT the first. Yesterday morning around seven I felt some weak shaking. We live in the ẃitwatersrand mining area, but mostly it is mined out. Not the tremors or the sound of mine blasting, too light, too continuous. Grew up with that. First thought last night was aftershock but heavier and longer. Furniture wiggled quite some. No damage. Nothing sliding off.
  • Hartbeespoort - At 19:40 last night the whole house started shaking, the chandeliers winging and the roof rattling. The shaking lasted about 30 to 40 seconds. At first we didn't realize what was happening and then the penny dropped.
  • Gaborone - no damage,windows were shaking,objects in the house were shaking strongly and the fridge door opened
  • Letlhakane - I thought it was a blast but wondered why it took so long without finishing
  • Gaborone - no properties were damaged
  • Kazungula - My first Earthquake experience in Zambia.
  • Gaborone - water ripples and wall mounted pictures falling.
  • Mahalapye - windows and roof vibrated...the earth vibrated comparing it to the one in 2001 it was stronger and also took longer time.Even the windows kept rattling mildly about 10 mins or so.
  • Kempton Park - my couch was dragging, heard sounds of structural failure in the building...that was close
  • Gaborone - I was in shower and my wife in the bedroom, thought the sound was from geyser then things start to fall in the bathroom and i rushed to my wife and then stood outside. its was for 2 minutes and my head felt some vibration, Oops we thank god to be alive.
  • Pretoria - My bed was vibrating as well as the glass and lamp on the bedside table.Weird feeling.
  • Serowe - it was an exciting experience and scary at the same time,but no damage
  • Gaborone - We were dining,nicely celebrating my birthday. Suddenly the table was shaking & ground heavily vibrating, it dawned on us that it was a quake. Funnily our restaurant waitress denied this and suggested that it was just the train ripples ramming the ground. Just thought if we can feel such heavy vibrations what about those inside the train-must be hell. Thanks not much damage nor loss of life has been reported, at least for now. It was a happy birth day-quake for me!
  • Krugersdorp - building shook slightly, very slowly, but oscillating consistently for about 2 to 3 minutes.
  • Maun - A friend of mine went dizzy and fell down.lots of panic from neighbours.
  • Jhb - parktown - I was sitting on a double spring bed and working on my laptop.. my wife was coming down from stairs inside our appartment... i felt shake and very odd , At first thought it was due to my spring mattress.. suddenly i noticed my led tv placed on the stand was shaking..
  • Mokopane - no damage, just a weak shake lasting for a few seconds
  • NG31 - No damage. Shaking continued for approximately a minute.
  • OTSE - I was sitting on the couch with my husband and suddenly the couch started shaking and I felt it through my feet....was so confused we rushed outside the house... lasted for about 2-3 minutes.
  • maun - my house shaked for like 45 seconds
  • Johannesburg - Flat shook for about a 3 minutes or so and the whole building was evacuated with an immediate effect, even moving cars out from the parking
  • saulspoort - no damage but an extensive shake on my property
  • Leeudoringstad - No damage caused, but earth kept on rolling
  • Livingstone - Very scary. The TV was shaking, bed shook, mirrors and pictures on the wall shook. Lasted for about a minute.
  • Durban - i live in high rise flat & felt the building swaying lasted just over a minute
  • Gaborone - Was sitting on a sofa watching the news. The sofa started shaking and there was a rumbling sound right where I was. Suddenly my boys came running from their bedroom and told me the beds were moving and the lights shook. We ran outside the house and our neighbours were also outside. It was a scary experience. Have never experienced it before last night. Nothing damaged .
  • Gaborone - Roof, Glasses rattled and felt the tremor under my feet. First time in my life.
  • Livinstone - The mettle doors at our lodge were rattling loudly. One person here thought that a herd of elephants might be passing by.
  • Maun - Weird feeling. No damage in our house. Friends at Sepopa (Swampstop) reported hippos going beserk in the Okavango River
  • Waterpoort - Floor shook slightly for a few seconds. No damage
  • Tati Siding - I heard a sound so strong like a moving locomotive lasting from 19:38 to 19:42 on 03/04/2017.Also there was a strong vibration of windows roof top and the wall as well.
  • Pretoria - I was sitting in my bed and the bedpost started to vibrate. Very odd feeling.
  • Tati Siding - No damage to property but that was horrific. Didn't know what to do
  • pretoria - funny how everyone in Pretoria felt the earthquake, I was busy with headphones, dancing and jumping...I didn't feel a thing and my neighbor did...weirddd
  • Potchefstroom - I was in the lab and it first was a light quake, I first thought it was the train passing by, but then it followed with light shaking
  • Maun - No damage to property but the house was vibrating and there was a deep rumble resembling a lion roaring. The water in the swimming pool formed waves.
  • Francistown - Our house is on stilts,quiet night, family standing round small swimming pool chatting when we heard a deep rumble followed by shaking. we watched the pool water slosh around, this continued for a long time after the initial shaking.
  • Harare - I heard the metal grates on my windows shaking for several seconds. At first, I thought someone was breaking into my house.
  • maputo / Malhangalene - Well i was sitting on the ground and did not feel anything , but then My grandma called and then we found out about the earthquake .. then the news spreded out , but no damage in maputo .. The earthquake stopped before we felt it !
  • Gaborone - Whole building was shaking, furniture, a few car alarms went off. No damages.
  • GABANE - WAS BLOODY SCARED..
  • Gaborone - I was on a first floor. The doors were rattling and the building was moving a lot. There was no visible damage. The quake went on for a long time.
  • Gabane - First i feelt a slite vibration then it become louder...for a moment i thought a Helicopter was hovering above my house then the house started to shake,i went outside thats when i felt the ground shaking...for a moment i thought it was a nuclear attack but then it was all over.No damage to anything!
  • Orapa - We had to vacate the house
  • Pretoria - Glasses in cabinets and couch shook. No visible damage. Continued for about 1-1.5 minutes.
  • Gaborone - Ornimentson wall rattled, low groaning noise, thought it was a heavy truck. No damage andno injuries I have heard of. ...
  • Gaborone - Even the sofa I was sitting on was shaking. Lots of noise in the house, first I thought there was a big truck passing pass. Then I went outside I realized it was an earthquake. People in the neighborhood were outside their house wondering what happened.
  • Kroonstad - 2nd floor apartment, light rocking which suddenly peaked to somewhere between light to moderate, heard some cracking, small key hanging was swinging at least 3cm from side to side by time tremor subsided, duration around 90seconds from when I realized it is a tremor.
  • harare - oooh fuck the thing was good because i study geography and experiencing this event once in a while is good but i feel a bit sorry for the people out there whose houses and property got damaged.. i was smoking ganja with my girlfriend when i saw this sudden vibration of the earth and unfortunately i knew what it was and i wasnt shocked like the others
  • EMSC Botswana Apr 03 17:40 6.5 22 MAP I Felt It
  • gaborone - Minor shaking.
  • Pretoria - Cupboard rattled a bit. Sofa rattled a bit also.
  • Johannesburg - Felt my furniture shaking and realised my side lamp shaking. Could hear dogs barking and saw birds flying away.
  • Louis Trichardt - Felt like really weird the shaking almost like being on a water bed
  • Pretoria - Light shakimg, no damage
  • Maputo - No property damage, felt it on the 1st floor of a building while sitting, the mosquito net hanging from the ceiling was obviously swinging.
  • Gaborone - It wz very scary 😓 but there was no damage
  • Gaborone - Nothing has been damaged. . .
  • LETLHAKANE - WE FELT THE HOUSE WAS VIBRATING, ALL THE WINDOW AND DOOR PANELS SHAKING HEAVILY. WE WENT OUTSIDE AND FELT THE SAME. IT IS OUR FIRST EXPERIENCE OF AN EARTHQUAKE
  • gaborone - so flightened
  • Gaborone - no property damage
  • Johannesburg - Lasted over a minute
  • Midstream - Shaking house
  • Johannesburg - Shaking not hectic, but significant enough to give you a fright.
  • Randburg - Birds flying away and my tv shaking took a moment to realize it was a tremor
  • Johannesburg - Rattling of doors. No damage
  • Tzaneen - weird to have felt this in Tzaneen!
  • Gaborone - 1st time to feel the earth shaking . Really scary
  • Maun - The whole house seemed to be moving. My husband looked out the window and could see the street light swaying.
  • Francistown - Well we were just having dinner, and all of a sudden we felt the things vibrating, bit of vibrations on the ground level. As soon as we felt we came out of the house where we saw our neighbours asking the same question of what everyone felt!
  • Sandton - 9th floor of hotel and it was a sickening feeling.
  • Gaborone - it was a bit violent but no damages reported yet
  • Molepolole - Panic amongst us and first experience
  • Lobatse - Got up from my chair thinking my roof was falling apart, good feel the tremors whilst walking. Felt really strong indeed. Earthquake seems quite close to an area that has some mining and drilling activity, I wonder if there is any correlation as this is the first time in my 25 years here, that we've been hit with an earthquake this close and this powerful.
  • gaborone - House and furniture rattled hard. Gladd fell of a table and broke. Insects went quiet.Nighttime now so no apparent major damage. Will check for cracks tomorrow.
  • gaborone - i was in the first floor of a building teaching a graduate class around 7.40 in the evening and students alerted me that their feet were shaking underneath. suddenly the projector screen started shaking vehemently and and windows started making small rattles. i realized it was getting serious, i heard some screaming in the neighboring rooms and i asked the students to quickly rush out. the whole experience was quite unsettling.
  • Gaborone - pictures fell off wall
  • Gaborone - No damages but i could feel the shaking and I was convinced it was not an illusion
  • Gaborone - Windows rattling and felt it outside.
  • Carletonville - Caught off guard. Was scared for a moment
  • Gaborone - It was strong could feel it clearly in a double story house.
  • Letlhakeng - Strong shaking, power supply cut off. No visible damage. Furniture shaken around
  • Umhlanga - Brief shake
  • Benoni - Gentle low frequency shaking, doors rattled gently for 20 seconds or so.
  • Pretoria - No damage
  • Maun - The walls were moving. I moved away from the wall and the ground was moving
  • Roodepoort - Could feel it when sitting on sofa in the loft area of the house.
  • serowe - didnt damage anything
  • Pretoria - No damage - We just felt our sofa's moving and the floor trembling..
  • Ellisras (Lephalale) - Windows and sheet metal roof rattling. No damage perceived. Dogs in area howling and barking. People leaving their houses.
  • Johannesburg - At 19.44 SA time - slight but definite tremor for about 45-60 seconds
  • GABORONE north - Windows and doors were shaking so scary!!!!
  • Pretoria - Slight vibrations in chair. Windows rattled.
  • Serowe - Quite a strong earthquake. The whole house was shaking and had to rush out.
  • Polokwane - Gevoel asof die bank waarop ek en my dogter gesit het, liggies geruk word. My windklokkies het ook beweeg, asof dit liggies deur die wind gewaai word.
  • Hwange - Windows were shaking and felt tremors
  • mookgophong - cupboard doors rattling, deep rumbling and trembling outside house. cat ran for the house
  • Emalahleni Witbank - I just thought it's a dalamite, because I was just busy on my phone at about 19:40
  • Alldays - Shook for about nearly a minute. Roof rattled, 1st storey shook under my feet.
  • Benoni - Was sitting on the carpet playing with my dogs, felt shaking and dogs got excited. No damage, just the shake - weird feeling.
  • Waterpoort - Thought the dog was behind my chair scratching, that is all I felt. No damage to my knowledge
  • Gaborone - everything was shaking bu no property damaging
  • Knysna - No damage
  • Mbabane - I felt weak rumble shaking as I was sitting on a sofa just before 8pm on 3 April 2017. No damages encountered but shaking felt like some really heavy machinery moving beneath house.
  • GEOFON Botswana Apr 03 17:40 6.5 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Randburg - Lying in bed. Door started banging and my two cats became very edgy.... felt ground shaking. Went to get my children and wife under doorways. My kids were terrified. Shaking went on for at least a minute... second tremor today. Very unlike South Africa...
  • Reitz, Free State - No damage. Living room couch started shaking. Like someone kicking it hard. Then the lights started shaking. The whole house shook but not hard enough for anything to fall over
  • Pretoria - quite interesting
  • Harare - No property was damaged. We just felt the windows shaking..
  • Midrand - A little shaking. Cupboard doors banging slightly
  • gaborone - i felt the building shaking......so scary
  • Gaborone - The ground is shaking, and I run outside, the windows and roofs are shaking for a few minutes
  • Gaborone - The building was shaking but not tooo much
  • Centurion - Slider door was shaking.
  • Randburg - The floor and windows were shaking , no damage to the property though
  • maun - Table shaking so much that my water bottle fell over, building shaking, felt as if I could possibly fall off my chair.
  • Harare - Floor shaking, glasses and picture frames shaking. Moving doors. No damage
  • Palapye-Morupule B Power Station - I thought the Turbine shaft was torn apart
  • Pretoria - I felt my bed moving and the glass of water beside my bed was shaking. I went out to my parents room and their bed was shaking as well. Friend reporting from Middelburg in Mpumalanga, South Africa & Durban in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa also felt it.
  • Gaborone - made walking difficult accompanied by rolling sound like a heavy truck
  • Johannesburg - No damage. Tremor lasted about 5 minutes. Doors and windows rattled and hanging decor was swinging to and fro.
  • Palapye - No property damage, dogs barking and house shaking a bit
  • Palapye - No property damage, dogs barking and house shaking a bit
  • Gaborone - No damage. Seismic activity lasted about a minute. Seems 5th at everyone us safe
  • Brits - Stay on the 6th floor and whole building was shaking, pictures on Wall shaking. Frightening
  • Delmas - Shook our wooden house on stilts for aprox 2 mins
  • Johannesburg - files came off the shelves
  • Warden - Couldnt understand why my floor was shaking or why my lights were swinging, thought I was going mad.
  • Maputo - We are in a top building 15th floor, the whole building was moving strongly and as it got stronger - we eveacuated down to the street with the neigbourghs. Might come after shocks - electricity off for short while, back now. Some people really got scared as it is not usual to happen here and the infrastructure is not very strong.
  • Francistown - No damages
  • Orapa - A very strong shaking which at first we thought its a mining blast, but later found that its a tremor
  • Molepolole - The tremors were scary,went on for about 6 minutes.Windows rumbled,children screamed,prayed that the ground shouldn't open otherwise disaster would ensue.Work colleague showed pictures of minor damages,cracked floor and house wall.
  • Gaborone - No damages to the house, it was scary though.............
  • Gaborone - No damage. Tremor lasted about 2 minutes. Doors and windows rattled and hanging decor was swinging to and fro.
  • Orapa - Gradual rumbling initially, building up to a very obvious tremor, suddenly, rattling of the house and at that point, grab the kids and evacuate! evacuate! evacuate!....
  • Rustenburg - No damage. It was about 50 counts or more. The birds all flew away.
  • Francistown - I was confused at first, thinking a heavy truck was passing by my house, then i could hear the windows vibrating and the chandelier was also vibrating. I thought to myself, this surely cannot be the day Christ comes back! We felt the moderate shaking for about a minute or 2.
  • Katima Mulilo - I felt like my bed was vibrating and i could see my laptop shaking on my lap as i was seated on my bed.

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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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