Cape Town – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake off the coast of southern Africa had some Cape Town residents worried on Saturday night.
The quake, which occurred 1918 km SSE of Cape Town, hit at around 5.10 pm, according to the US Geological Survey.
With its epicentre at a depth of 10 kilometres, there were no tsunami warnings or reports of damage.
State-owned power utility Eskom and Astron Energy, which owns Caltex, have assured locals that there was no immediate danger and no need to evacuate.
However, several Capetonians reported feeling tremors two hours after the seismic event and many of them took to social media to share their experience.
Among them were Good Things Guy’s Brent Lindeque, who confirmed the quake on Twitter.
Most reports of mild to moderate shaking came from Melkbosstrand and Blouberg, with a number of people reporting that their houses shook. Some Bellville residents reported mild shaking of light fixtures.
An advisory issued just after 8pm cautioned South Africans to expect aftershocks over the next few hours.