Gauteng rocked by quake

2014-08-22 06:45

Johannesburg - A 4.6 magnitude earthquake hit Johannesburg in the early hours of Friday morning, the US Geological Survey said on its website.

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The Council for Geoscience later said the quake was 3.8 magnitude, and not 4.6 as estimated by the US Geological Survey.

"It's the same event. The USGS measurement is done by a machine, and the stations they use are not in as close proximity to the quake as ours, and that's why it's different," council seismology unit manager Michelle Grobbelaar said.

The quake, which happened around 01:00, is the second in South Africa in less than three weeks.

It occurred 12km west of Orange Farm, a township south of Johannesburg.

On 5 August, a 31-year-old man was killed in a mining village near Orkney, North West when the 5.5 magnitude earthquake struck the region.

At least 34 miners were injured by the earthquake, and more than 600 houses were damaged.

  • Peter Emmanual Pienaar - 2014-08-22 06:50

    I knew it!!! I thought i was loosing my mind!!!!

      Trevor Theron - 2014-08-22 06:59

      We face more than tremors, we face the wrath of a nation deceived by its president, cheated by its government, when the masses start to boil the effect will be off-scale. Take Heed ZUMA your days are numbered.

      Trevor Theron - 2014-08-22 07:07

      Tsunami in a teacup!

      Marev Audioslave - 2014-08-22 07:43

      Are we realy going to blame Zuma even on earthquakes?

      Robert Sidney - 2014-08-22 08:12

      @Marev. It is becoming boring and tedious now. I even skip the comments as soon as I see Zuma, EFF or ANC.

      Sandra Pixiekid Oosthuizen - 2014-08-22 08:16

      Hmm.. hulle kom nou vinnge ne

      Trevor Theron - 2014-08-22 08:17

      Yes I blame Zuma for everything! The Orkney tremor, this ISIS execution, Ebola and traffic jams - suck it up!!!

      Ritz40 - 2014-08-22 08:26

      I agree, the ANC is breaking everything!!

      Saddam Van Der Moodley - 2014-08-22 08:36

      'USA Geological Survey'...where is our own scientists? Thanks for the 30% pass rate.

      Rene Fourie - 2014-08-22 08:52

      @Saddam.....they were asleep like all other government officials ;-) I have to say, I'm in Randburg, was awake at 01:00 and felt nothing......

      Duncan IMash290 - 2014-08-22 09:48

      After the yesterday Parly issue "we want our money" ...this was bond to happen

      Margaret Cox - 2014-08-24 19:18

      I thought it was Khulubuse turning over in bed.

  • Matome Moremi - 2014-08-22 06:52


      Hennie Nel - 2014-08-22 08:29

      E.F.F.= Everything For Free. Hosa Hosa !

      Judith Ramadibane - 2014-08-22 09:30

      Hennie Nel, kikikikikikiki............hosa hosa.Phew this country is like some Zoo.

  • Ruan Fourie - 2014-08-22 06:52

    Wow I slept through it all. Didn't notice a thing.

      Hlubi N Hadebe - 2014-08-22 07:13

      I felt it,the 1st one was heavy then the second one was light. It happend around 1am here in SOWETO

      Silvana De Mattia - 2014-08-22 08:06

      Hlubi I'm glad I'm not the only one that felt the second tremor. I live in Walkerville

  • RabbleRouser - 2014-08-22 06:54

    I did not feel a thing. I was in deep slumber.

  • Mbali Njemnyamakazy Sibiya - 2014-08-22 06:56

    Eish l didn't sleep l was afraid

  • Lerato Rato Machogo - 2014-08-22 07:02

    I thought I was dreaming but when I heard the noise made by the birds I knew something was up.

      Trevor Theron - 2014-08-22 07:06


  • Dave Van Masenya - 2014-08-22 07:03

    What???? there was an earthquake again, next time it is going to kill us during our sleep.

      Carlo Rewan Booysen - 2014-08-22 09:32

      Yeah, jozi is due for one, the cape had its one in Tulbugh some years ago

  • BrandonF - 2014-08-22 07:05

    "rocked" is a rather strong word to use ;-)

  • Bongani Neo - 2014-08-22 07:05

    Yoh I was dreaming but when it happend for the second time I woked up hearing thngs shake

  • Molobana - 2014-08-22 07:07

    I felt it at 00:16am not 01:00am as reported.

      Talailama Phatang - 2014-08-22 07:26

      Maybe in Malawi here it was at 01:00

      Jason Wallace Sleigh - 2014-08-22 08:24

      @Mpho time to change the batteries in your clock its an hour out! FYi i felt nothing... sleeping hard

      Jana Potgieter - 2014-08-22 08:34

      @Mpho - I was up with the baby. My clock also said 1:15. Even the earthquake info website said 1:14.

  • Thandi Nukeri - 2014-08-22 07:13

    yes i did hear i was praying at dat moment n suddenly a sound of a rocket shooked me n de sound of birds scared frm de sound. hai will surely die in our slip one day's

      Derek Bekker - 2014-08-22 07:25

      The rocket was on its way to the space station?

  • rushdi.toefy - 2014-08-22 07:13

    Mpho! Twice for you. Wow.

  • Robert Sidney - 2014-08-22 07:13

    As long as she thought I rocked her world... Kidding kidding - I'm not even from that part of the world. I'm just happy to read that it doesn't appear as bad as the last time this happened.

  • nandipha.pepu - 2014-08-22 07:16

    What quake?

  • Delisiwe Mntungwa Mabaso - 2014-08-22 07:20

    I heard it too n i thought i ws dreaming

  • Sean Tearnan - 2014-08-22 07:22

    Thought that was da wife

  • Alet van Niekerk - 2014-08-22 07:24

    I stay in Vanderbijlpark and it woke me up

      Solomzi Jijana - 2014-08-22 07:53

      Im in vereeniging and I ddnt feel anything, even the first one a couple of weeks back I ddnt feel anything

      Motlatsi Matuka - 2014-08-22 07:54

      eish Dubulamanzi! u kill me der. lolest

      Motlatsi Matuka - 2014-08-22 07:54

      eish Dubulamanzi! u kill me der. lolest

  • Motofogo Mulilo - 2014-08-22 07:26

    I thought it was my hot neighbour again!

  • mica gogome - 2014-08-22 07:26

    Heared it too,it felt like someone shaking the windows for some few seconds

      Cecilia Bezuidenhout - 2014-08-22 19:27

      Do you mean "Heard it too..."?

  • Justin Parkinson - 2014-08-22 07:27


  • Spijo Skhokho - 2014-08-22 07:27

    yes I felt the quake but 4.6 is taking it a bit too far

      Ritz40 - 2014-08-22 08:29

      LOL so they are lying?

  • Sibusiso Mcebisi Matinise - 2014-08-22 07:30

    Don't forget to wear your helmets when going to sleep.Joburg is going to sink one day because of mining activities that has been happening for years.

      Jaco Wium - 2014-08-22 07:58

      South African logic: it is a mining area, therefore mines cause the shakes. Strange then how earthquakes occur everyday, hundreds of them (a few large, most smaller than 4.6), all over the world where no mining activity has ever taken place. Strange how earthquakes always happened before mining even started at all. Also, I didn't know our mines go as deep as to where the continental plates underneath are always pushing against other tectonic plates. But yes, it's the mines. *cough*

  • Anton Van Wyk - 2014-08-22 07:31

    Okay Spijo..... Mr expert.... how big would you say the quake was? What was your reading on your equipment you use to measure quakes?

  • Itumeleng Yvonne - 2014-08-22 07:31

    Yhooo i heared it. it felt lyk some1 was shaking my bed nd da house

  • Ntokozo Mathenjwa - 2014-08-22 07:33

    What earthquake again?i did'nt hear anythng im sure i was dead by then.

  • Geoff Leach - 2014-08-22 07:33

    better not land like Adlantis

  • Rui Obed Muchenga - 2014-08-22 07:45

    I tink was bcos of yestday 's parly tuntamos.

  • cornu.perold - 2014-08-22 07:46

    Rocked??? Great reporting!

  • Richard Young - 2014-08-22 07:48

    Maybe it's the ancestors displeased about yesterday's parliamentary proceedings

  • Patricia Roos Fletcher - 2014-08-22 07:48

    Very scary with cities built on top of mines. Can you imagine the devastation if a massive quake had to happen right under Jhb. It boggles my mind that cities were built on the top of mine areas.

      Johan Botes - 2014-08-22 07:53

      Why? If it wasn't for the mines, Jo'burg would never have existed. That's why the people (in the old days) flocked to Jo'burg, to get part of the action.

      Jaco Wium - 2014-08-22 08:03

      Another geologist.

      fragtion - 2014-08-22 14:41

      Where else should the cities have been developed during the mining period? It's only natural for civilization to be built around the wealth and as closely situated to it as possible - that's how profits are maximized. Of course it carries that long-term risk, but when has humanity ever restrained from reaping the benefits of such a lucrative opportunity?

  • Zelda Nontobeko Mncube - 2014-08-22 07:48

    They was an earthquake this morning. The earth shaked twice this time.

  • mohamed.feroz.94 - 2014-08-22 07:54

    I think it's the after shock from the EFF yesterday in parliament ??

  • Hennie Bezuidenhout - 2014-08-22 07:57

    I felt it here in Germiston. The house was "breakdancing"

  • Mzwandile Japhta Magibitji - 2014-08-22 08:00

    This time I didn't hear anything. I was asleep. But it seems like the earthquake is fond to hit Gauteng province, the government must come with an action plan to protect the citizens who are at riskier areas.

  • Balu Mqadi - 2014-08-22 08:01

    All bcoz off EFF, next time they must answer Juju or we r all done for

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-08-22 08:03

    My beer just fell off my hands.I felt the quake.

  • Mzwandile Japhta Magibitji - 2014-08-22 08:04

    People will die

  • Tavengwa Chivirira Muchini - 2014-08-22 08:08

    @Hennie,its too early for you to start lying to all of us and your pals.Wait for the sun to climb up please!

  • Kanya Sifo - 2014-08-22 08:12

    Felt in Krugersdorp, Rangeview!

  • Fulfillment Palace - 2014-08-22 08:15

    I felt it, happened twice. The first was quite strong, the second was light. It felt like something was moving underground coming from the North-east towards South-west.

  • Daisy Jones - 2014-08-22 08:18

    I missed another one? Maybe I need to lose some weight or something.

  • Tshepo Dala Cruz - 2014-08-22 08:21

    I need another 1

  • mantlekilo - 2014-08-22 08:25

    The ancestors are angry with South Africa's leaders who have lost their way and have been blinded by their lust for money !! Simple truth that if you 'buck the system' , the system in turn will 'buck you back !' Those on the 'other side' know this and use it to communicate. OK...back to reality !

  • Mpho Delo - 2014-08-22 08:27

    I blame zuma for this

  • Vuyo Sigidi - 2014-08-22 08:28

    was busy browsing and it was about 1:17 fisrt I update my status on facebook so told me its not true just kept quit..but there was no harm only sew seconds 30 from Tokoza pola park ekurhuleni....Gauteng

      Gcwabe-KaMavovo - 2014-08-22 09:14

      You see what these late-night porn sessions of yours are doing?

  • Vuyo Sigidi - 2014-08-22 08:28

    was busy browsing and it was about 1:17 fisrt I update my status on facebook so told me its not true just kept quit..but there was no harm only sew seconds 30 from Tokoza pola park ekurhuleni....Gauteng

  • Tauriq Hercules - 2014-08-22 08:31

    Its helen zille's fault not zuma! LOL

  • Cody Codanie Gleek Maanda - 2014-08-22 08:36

    Madiba is turning from his grave by what's happening in SA

  • dunbabr - 2014-08-22 08:37

    Please, let's not sensationalise news!!!

  • truthbetold221 - 2014-08-22 08:42

    So the US puts it to us that we had an earthquake? Interesting.