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Twin tremors shake Cape Town residents

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The earthquake felt in Cape Town and surrounding areas in the Western Cape shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday night was unrelated to the strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake about 1,600km offshore of South Africa a short while earlier.

Picture: Tracey Adams, African News Agency(ANA)

Hours after Cape Town and its surrounding areas reported an earthquake registering a preliminary 2.5 on the local magnitude scale, a second tremor has hit Durbanville.

According to The Council for Geoscience (CGS), the area in the Northern suburbs recorded a lesser tremor measuring 2.3 magnitude. It occurred at 9:12am on Sunday morning.

The epicentre occurred 5-6km North of Durbanville, said CGS spokesperson Mahlatse Mononela.

However, the earthquake felt in Cape Town and surrounding areas in the Western Cape shortly after 8.30pm on Saturday night was unrelated to the strong magnitude 6.2 earthquake about 1,600km offshore of South Africa a short while earlier, said CGS.

“It does not seem to be related to the earthquake that occurred at 19:10 [7.10pm] off the coast of South Africa.

“Furthermore, there has been no tsunami warning issued by the Indian Ocean warning system, and it is on this basis that the CGS would like to assure the South African public that there is no imminent threat to the affected area, [as] such no cause for panic,” the council statement said.

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