3.4 magnitude 'low-grade' tremor shakes Southern Cape

OCTOBER 18, 2016

The Southern Cape area experienced seismic activity on Tuesday morning, at approximately 8h25.

"A low grade tremor was registered on the Richter Scale and measured 3.4," said Chantel Edwards-Klose, Manager: Communications at the George Municipality.

"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. This is an isolated event and the Council of Geoscience (National Science Council of South Africa) is in contact with Eden Disaster Management."

**The Council for Geoscience (CGS) is one of the National Science Councils of South Africa and is the legal successor of the Geological Survey of South Africa, which was formed in 1912 by the amalgamation of three former surveys, the oldest of which - the Geological Commission of the Cape of Good Hope - was founded in 1895. The Geoscience Act, Act No. 100 of 1993 established the CGS in its present form.