A 3.5 Magnitude Tremor Hits Oudtshoorn, Southern Cape


A tremor measuring 3.5 magnitude has been confirmed taking place in Oudtshoorn in the Southern Cape on Tuesday morning.

The Council for Geosciences and the George Municipality confirmed these reports pointing out that the tremor ran 6km deep along the Cango faultline

“The … area experienced seismic activity this morning at approximately 8:25,” said spokesperson Chantel Edwards-Klose.

“The tremor ran 6km deep along the Cango faultline. The Cango Caves have been temporarily closed to assess but no damage has been reported so far anywhere.” Edwards-Klose also said, adding that the Council of Geoscience is in contact with Eden Disaster Management, although the tremor is considered low grade.

Edwards-Klose also said that the Council of Geoscience is in contact with Eden Disaster Management, although the tremor is considered low grade.

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An Oudtshoorn resident reportedly explained what she experienced: “I’m still in bed and my whole bed was shaking, the cupboards, the doors, the windows, and entire house. It was really powerful. My fiancé came running from the back room, he works at the Cango Caves and they called to say they felt it there as well.”

A low grade earth #tremor has been felt in the Little Karoo region down to the Southern Cape this morning #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/dKKnHwxe0U

— Sphiwe Hobasi (@MrCow_man) October 18, 2016

Earth tremor is another term for an earthquake, although it is most commonly used to describe earthquakes of low intensity. Earthquakes are measured with tools called seismographs, and their intensity is rated on a logarithmic scale, called the Richter scale.

In February, a mini earth tremor was experienced in parts of KwaZulu-Natal. It lasted about four seconds, and was felt from Richards Bay all the way to the Midlands. It reportedly measured 3.1. No injuries were reported at that time.

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Meanwhile, here are some safety measures to take when shaking begins

  • Drop down; take cover under a desk or table and hold on.
  • Stay indoors until the shaking stops and you’re sure it’s safe to exit.
  • Stay away from bookcases or furniture that can fall on you.
  • Stay away from windows. In a high-rise building, expect the fire alarms and sprinklers to go off during a quake.
  • If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protecting your head with a pillow.
  • If you are outdoors, find a clear spot away from buildings, trees, and power lines. Drop to the ground.
  • If you are in a car, slow down and drive to a clear place. Stay in the car until the shaking stops.