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USGS: Earthquake hits SA

The US Geological Survey says a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the central part of the country.

It's understood that the epicentre was 6km east of Orkney in the North West Province at a depth of 10km.

JOHANNESBURG - There appears to have been a massive earth tremor across South Africa.

In the last few minutes, the US Geological Survey says a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit the central part of the country within the last hour.

It's understood that the epicentre was 6km east of Orkney in the North West Province at a depth of 10km.

5.3 earthquake, South Africa. Aug 5 10:22 at epicenter (19m ago, depth 10km). http://t.co/toiukVo59l

Seismologist Dr Andre Kijko says tremors have been growing more frequent and more powerful.

"We can only speculate but it is very likely that is was caused by acid water under Johannesburg."

The tremor was felt in the last hour in areas including Kempton Park, Glenhazel, Melville, Sandton, Pretoria, Fourways and Krugersdorp.

There are reports that the ground shook as far away as KwaZulu-Natal, Mafikeng and even in Botswana and Lesotho.

A woman in Gaborone says the building was shaking and chairs were moving around her office.

"Chairs just started moving around and we didn't really know what was happening."

A man from Fourways says the tremor has left him shaking.

"It felt like a truck was driving past and it was rumbling. It was a rumbling feeling. I could feel the building was moving and the table I was working at was vibrating quite extensively."

Another woman felt the tremor in Northcliff.

"Suddenly, the whole house started shaking. It must have gone on for around 40 seconds and everything was rattling it was quite scary."

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