Tremors felt across SA after 'powerful' earthquake hits Botswana

By Kirstin Buick
03 April 2017

People all over South Africa have reported feeling the quake.

Residents in Joburg, Durban, Pretoria and Bloemfontein felt tremors after a powerful earthquake struck Botswana on Monday evening. According to reports, the quake hit 132 km west of Moijabana. The US Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude at 6.5 on the Richter scale, making it the country's largest earthquake ever recorded. Fortunately, the quake's epicentre struck an area with few inhabitants.

Much of Southern Africa felt the tremors. YOU reader Samantha Dyson commented on Facebook, "I'm in Rosebank, JHB [and at] 19h40 I felt the tremors, bed was shaking and ceiling creeking, could feel the whole room was trembling." Readers from Rustenburg in North West, Leroro in Mpumalanga and La Mercy in Durban also confirmed feeling the quake.

This after a tremor recorded at 4.6 magnitude on the Richter scale hit Gauteng and the North West this morning.

Read more: Earthquake shakes parts of SA

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