Cape Town Breathes Nervously After Seismic Events


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Scientists appear unalarmed by a series of seismic events which rattled parts of Cape Town over the weekend of the 26th September.


A 6.2 magnitude earthquake struck off the coast of the Indian ocean near Cape Town, triggering no tsunami warnings. Shocks were however felt in some Norther Suburb regions such as Parow, Table View and Tygerberg.By Sunday, a 2.5 magnitude tremor occured 10km north of Malmesbury while another was felt moments later north of Duurbanville.


The Council of Geoscience (CGS) tells Radio 786 that the seismic events are happening along a fault line of rocks which they describe as normal. David Khoza, Executive Manager at the CGS said there is no real way of predicting seismic events though he said that they do occur often.


Some 51 years ago a 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Tulbagh in the Western Cape.


The Western Cape lies on the Cape Fold Belt, which is characterised by what scientists call a thrust fault which is a break in the Earth’s crust, across which older rocks are pushed above younger rocks.


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