5.3 tremor shakes Witsies

Witsies were left shaken when a magnitude 5.3 earthquake was felt in Johannesburg shortly after noon on Tuesday.

The U.S. (United States) Geological Survey said the epicenter of the quake was in Orkney in North West 120km southwest of Johannesburg.  The earthquake measured 5.3 on the Richter scale at a depth of 10km.

The quake was felt in Johannesburg, Klerksdorp, Durban and as far as neighbouring countries like Mozambique and Botswana.

First-year BA student Samukele Biyela felt the earthquake but thought the shaking sensation was because of medication she had taken earlier.

“Because I did not see reactions of people around me I thought I was going crazy,” she told Wits Vuvuzela.

Third-year Media Studies student Mxolisi Mkhabela said he was caught in a building during the earthquake and jumped from flight-to-flight of stairs in an effort to flee.

“I fell and hurt my leg,” he said. “I thought I was going to die.”