3.5 Earthquake Hits Capetown
17 November 2020
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A 3.5 magnitude tremor hit the earth near Capetown, South Africa just after 10 p.m. on Monday and was

It was described by the South African publication as a significant tremor.

ZimEye newsreaders first alerted our newsdesk during a live program 6 hours ago. (Picture).

Although the tremor was small enough not to cause damage, many people felt weak shaking in up to approx. 100 km distance from the epicenter.

Later Tuesday, 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. – SouthAfrican.com