Another one: Cape Town hit by ‘significant tremor’ overnight
Locals in Cape Town reported, en masse, another tremor in the region in the early hours of Tuesday morning. The so-called ‘quake’ took place just after 00:30 on 17 November, shaking the city for the third time in the past two months. Experts were able to verify these claims soon afterwards, confirming a ‘noteworthy event’ had taken place.
Another tremor felt in Cape Town on Tuesday 17 November
Two significant seismic events struck the Mother City in September and October respectively, with both registering between 2.5 – 3.0 on the Richter Scale. These were classed as ‘tremors’, as only events clocking 4.0 or more can truly be classed as earthquakes. However, this latest incident has come close to pushing that barrier.
How strong was the tremor that hit Cape Town?
On Tuesday morning, preliminary reports suggested that the tremor took place just off the West Coast, with an epicentre lying to the south-west of Cape Town. As confirmed by the EMSC, this quake was a 3.4 to 3.5 magnitude event, outmuscling the previous occasions that the ‘Earth moved’ for Capetonians in 2020.
#Tremor felt in Cape Town#earthquake pic.twitter.com/82U3UlAx8K
— SA Updates (@SA_Updates_) November 16, 2020
We are awaiting confirmation on how this disruption could affect tidal patterns and ocean waves. A statement from the relevant authorities is also due, which will likely clear-up a number of issues that need resolving. Indeed, this is a developing story and we’ll bring you more as we get it…
Awake ‘n’ shake: Locals react to more seismic activity
As you’d expect, the reaction on social media was one of abject shock. Sometimes, it pays to be a nightowl…
Yet another tremor in Cape town. I didn’t feel the last one but this definitely felt like it was right under my feet.
2020, you can leave now ekse.
— Riaz 🇿🇦🔰🔴⚫⚪ (@RiazHamed2) November 16, 2020
Felt that tremor just now here in #capetown #2020sucks another surprise this year keeps giving me a headache
— Chad Williams (@chadwilliams83) November 16, 2020
Another tremor in and around Cape Town! Pringle Bay was all shook up. #earthquake #capetown
— Suné Kitshoff (@sunekitshoff) November 16, 2020
If your @Android phone tells you, it must be true.#Tremor#CapeTown pic.twitter.com/naywhsMDtZ
— Tracey Saunders (@_traceykim_) November 16, 2020