Cape Town rattled by 6.2 magnitude earthquake on Saturday


Residents of Cape Town have been left shook after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the region on Saturday night. The substantial tremor rumbled many in the south-west, with residents of Melkbosstrand bearing the brunt of the seismic event.

Cape Town earthquake latest – what happened?

The actual quake happened some 1 800km offshore, deep in the South Atlantic Ocean. Residents have reported feeling the effects, with houses shaking and the ground moving. Despite taking locals by surprise, it seems the after-effects will be minimal at worst.

The US Geological Survey has concluded that there will be a ‘low threat to life’, due to the earthquake’s strength. Although 6.2 on the Richter Scale does mark a significant event for Cape Town, it’s unlikely that it will trigger a tsunami or any follow-up damage.

“This earthquake will have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.”

US Geological Survey

Cape Town earthquake reported on Saturday 26 September

No deaths or injuries have been reported so far. Locals, however, have been asked to exercise caution for the hours ahead. For those seeking the technical details of the earthquake, here’s what you need to know:

Earthquake Magnitude: 6.2
Depth: 10km
Lat/Lon: -48.0635, 31.6744
Event Date: 26 Sep 2020, 19:10 local
Exposed Population: No people within 100km

Will there be any aftershocks or tsunamis? It’s unlikely…

As if 2020 couldn’t pull any more rabbits out of the hat, we get something like this. Cape Town is a much less ‘active’ geological region than Durban or Johannesburg, but a 6.2 quake is bigger than what’s usually reported in the east of the country. Thankfully, the proximity from Cape Town to the epicentre is vast, playing down fears of a ‘deadly aftermath’.

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