If you did feel the earth shake a little at 4am on Monday, 17 June you weren’t dreaming – there are unconfirmed reports of an earthquake.
South Africans woke up to news that while most of them were sleeping, an earthquake rocked Durban. Some say they were woken up by their house rattling vigorously for a few seconds – others have no recollection of the shake.
According to Volcano Discovery, they received unconfirmed reports of an earthquake 34km northeast of Pietermaritzburg at 4.01am.
“Our monitoring service AllQuakes received reports of an earthquake in or near Near Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa at around 02:03 GMT. Unless confirmed by at least one national or international seismological agency, its status remains unconfirmed.
“There are no details yet on the magnitude or depth of this earthquake. We expect more accurate data to emerge in the next few minutes. The location and magnitude mentioned are indicative and temporary until the AllQuakes monitoring service receives more exact scientific data from a national or international seismological agency. Check back here shortly and stay safe,” they said in a post online.
Facebook users said it scared them awake.
“I am in Phoenix and we felt it . The house was shaking , I could feel the vibrations for about a minute. I woke up with such a scare,” said one.
“I felt that as well in Tongaat. I assumed there was a storm and it was thundering. Very scary,” said another.