by PatriciaVosloo 05 Aug 2014

A strong, very scary, earth tremor in many parts of South Africa less than an hour ago. Also in Pretoria where I am. Patricia


by cfidl 09 Aug 2014

I have never felt an earthquake, and can only imagine how scary that would be!

by anssmile 06 Aug 2014

Apparently it was a 5.5 tremor. I was working om my bed, and it was shaking a lot! Scary...

by airyfairy 06 Aug 2014

Saw it on the news last night Patricia. A thing that does not happen very often in our country. Sarah

by Leaha 05 Aug 2014

Thank the Lord you and yours are alright. They are scary, I've been in a small 4+ quake several years ago and that's enough for me... if I shake rattle and roll I want to be the one controlling it! :-P

by PatriciaVosloo 05 Aug 2014

Now confirmed as 5.5. Reports of damage coming in from the affected areas and was experienced very widely. Even in Zimbabwe. Earthquakes of this magnitude are uncommon in South Africa.

by crafter2243 Moderator 05 Aug 2014

Living in California and have lived through a few I know how scary that is. I am glad you are OK.

by PatriciaVosloo 05 Aug 2014

Thank you all for the concern and good wishes. It was an earthquake 5.3 on Richter scale with the epicentre roughly 200 km from Pretoria. No damage here but a death, damaged buildings and broken windows in close proximity to the epicentre in Orkney, Free State. It certainly gave me a BIG scare where I was working in the garden! Patricia

by 02kar Moderator 05 Aug 2014

I am so sorry. I hope all is well with you and your family and there are no more tremors. Keep us informed.

by basketkase 05 Aug 2014

Praying that all is well with you and your loved ones!! Can't imagine how that feels.......

by lpentz 05 Aug 2014

Blykbaar 5.3 op die R Skaal. Meer Jhb se kant toe. Hier in Pretoria Noord almal laat uit hardloop. Louise

by dragonflyer 05 Aug 2014

Hope all is well and no damage was done...I live in So. California and have experienced earthquakes first hand...very scary indeed...hoping I don't have to go through any more...but here n California we have many faults...San Andreas is the big one...

by jrob Moderator 05 Aug 2014

I hope you and your property were unharmed.

by yvonnevanwerkhoven 05 Aug 2014

Felt it here in Mountain View in Pretoria as only lasted a few seconds

by pennifold 05 Aug 2014

Dear Pat, I hope you and your family have not sustained any major damage. I also pray that there are no lives lost - natural disasters seem to be hammering our planet recently. Love Chris

by elemausi 05 Aug 2014

Hello Patricia, hope you , your family and friends are ok, will look the internet news now. My thoughts ar with you and the affected people.

Hope to hear good news from you soon.