US Geological Survey confirms a tremor in Cape Town

Tremor R - US Geological Survey confirms a tremor in Cape Town

United States Geological Survey (USGS) has confirmed a tremor at Saldanha Bay in Cape Town, in the Western Cape.

Residents have taken to social media to express how they felt when the 1.5 magnitude tremor struck.

The tremor struck in the early hours of Tuesday morning, around 40 kilometres outside of Saldanha Bay at a depth of five kilometres according to the USGS.

Below are Tweets from Cape Town residents:


In September, a 6.1 magnitude earthquake struck offshore from South Africa and Cape Town residents felt the tremor.

The second tremor was experienced in Durbanville in the Western Cape. The South African Seismograph Network registered it at a preliminary 2.5 on the local magnitude scale.

In October, the Council for Geoscience confirmed that a tremor hit Johannesburg on Thursday.

Executive Manager of Applied Geoscience at the Council David Khoza said they recorded a 2.8 magnitude tremor a few kilometres outside Randfontein on the West Rand.

In the video below, University of Johannesburg’s Herman van Niekerk talks about the difference between tremors and earthquakes:

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