JHB residents feel tremor

Some Johannesburg residents have described to EWN how they felt shaky grounds and trembling windows.

FILE: It is not clear what caused the tremor which was felt in areas including Melville, Kagiso and parts of Soweto.Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has been inundated with calls from Johannesburg residents describing shaky grounds and trembling windows.

It is not clear what caused the tremor which was felt in areas including Melville, Kagiso and parts of Soweto.

Some people have described feeling the earth shake for a few seconds shortly after 8:30am.

"I felt a tremor right now, a vibrating feeling, in the Jabulani area in Soweto," one man said.

"I saw my wall unit shaking," another person described.

In a separate tremor, one person was killed and 17 others injured when a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the country, affecting mostly the North West province.

The quake, one of South Africa's largest magnitude earthquakes in the past decade was felt as far as Mozambique and Botswana.

The tremor was centred in Orkney, 120 kilometres southwest of Johannesburg, an area with a high concentration of deep gold mines.

Since then, USGS has warned of aftershocks.