Here we go again – Capetonians experience 3.5 magnitude earthquake


At 00:27 on Tuesday, many Capetonians felt the tremor of a 3.5 magnitude earthquake, 47km from the Saldanha Bay Local Municipality, confirms USGS.

This would be the third time in the past two months, reports The South African.

The first two tremors felt this year occurred on 26 September (off the coast of Africa) and 1 October (in Gauteng), ranging between 2.8 and 6.2 on the Richter Scale, says Cape Town Etc.

Social media was flooded with users questioning whether they felt the tremor that lasted for at least 10 seconds.

“Am I tripping or did we just have an earthquake?” said one user. Another said, “I only heard like a roaring sound . . . I jumped up to go check outside.”

According to News24, Jasper Knight, a professor in physical geography and a geoscientist at the School of Geography, Archeology and Environmental Studies at Wits University told the publication that such seismic occurrences were not unusual, and should be expected.

No injuries or property damage were reported, states eNCA.