Seismologists investigate as Oudtshoorn experiences slight tremor

Oudtshoorn, 18 October 2016 – A slight tremor occurred along the Cango fault line north of Oudtshoorn at approximately 08:30 this morning.

oudtshoornAccording to the Eden District Disaster Management, the tremor was measured at 3.4 on the Richter scale and is calculated at 6km into the ground.  Council for Geoscience is currently ascertaining the point of origin.

Residents in the area are advised that there is no reason to panic and no damages have been reported.

As a precautionary measure, Oudtshoorn Municipal management has temporarily closed tours at the Cango Caves. More details will be communicated in due course.


Media Alert: Issued George Municipality, 09h45, 18th October 2016

The Southern Cape area experienced seismic activity this morning at approximately 8h25. A low grade tremor was registered on the Richter Scale and measured 3.4. 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. Further updates can be obtained from Mr Gerhard Otto, Eden Disaster Management 044 8031300

**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.

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