An earthquake was detected off the coast of South Africa early on Saturday, 14 January, and it’s been confirmed by multiple agencies that monitor seismic events. The places nearest to the epicentre are in the Eastern Cape.
EARTHQUAKE OFF EASTERN CAPE COAST
A 4.6 magnitude earthquake was detected at approximately 6:26. The Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) was the first to report the incident, after about 10 minutes. Twelve minutes later the U.S Geological Survey (USGS) provided data on the incident too.
The seismic event was also detected by the earthquake monitor of the local Council for Geoscience, which put the magnitude at 4.5.
According to the USGS, the earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometres. East London is closest to the epicentre at 554.7 kilometres, followed by Port Alfred (556.3km), Bhisho (368.4km), Makhanda (601.12km) and Gqeberha (610.2km).
No user reports have been provided to the USGS or Volcano Discovery. Due to the magnitude, moderate shaking would be felt near the epicentre.
If you felt anything, please let us know in the comments.