Mag. 3.5 earthquake - 76 km northwest of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, on Monday, 16 November 2020 at 22:27 (GMT) -

Mag. 3.5 earthquake  - 76 km northwest of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, on Monday, 16 November 2020 at 22:27 (GMT)

Minor magnitude 3.5 earthquake at 5 km depth

16 Nov 22:43 UTC: First to report: USGS after 16 minutes.
Update Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 23:27
Within the first hour since the quake hit, more than 1000 people reported to have felt it, confirming that it was widely felt in the area.
Update Mon, 16 Nov 2020, 22:51
Earthquake shakes South Africa near Cape Town
A magnitude 3.5 quake hit 76 km northwest of Cape Town, South Africa this evening.
Although the tremor was small enough not to cause damage, its shallow depth and vicinity to densely inhabited areas as well as the fact that earthquakes are not common here, many people felt weak shaking in up to approx. 100 km distance from the epicenter.
As well, because the crust of the area is composed of dense, old rock, the propagation of seismic waves is facilitated and quakes can be more widely felt than in most other areas of the world.
The largest quake in recent decades was a magnitude 6.3 event in Sep 1969 near the town of Ceres about 50 km to the east of today's quake.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 16 Nov 2020 10:27:04 UTC -
Magnitude: 3.5
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 33.3826°S / 17.9304°E (South Africa)
Nearby towns and cities:
41 km (26 mi) S of Saldanha (pop: 68,300)
53 km (33 mi) S of Vredenburg (pop: 38,400)
55 km (34 mi) WNW of Atlantis (pop: 60,300)
74 km (46 mi) W of Malmesbury (West Coast DC) (pop: 35,000)
76 km (47 mi) NW of Cape Town (pop: 3,433,400)
89 km (56 mi) NW of Kraaifontein (pop: 57,900)
90 km (56 mi) NW of Retreat (Cape Town) (pop: 32,300)
104 km (65 mi) WNW of Paarl (pop: 190,000)
Primary data source: USGS
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1010 joules (3.12 megawatt hours, equivalent to 2.68 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 3.55 km41 Km S of Saldanha, South AfricaUSGS
M 3.55 kmSOUTH AFRICAEMSC

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Oakdale Bellville (86.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s : I was mos besig making me a midnight snack..like n kat in the dark night. When i did hear something i thought approaching from afar...maybe a bird...a plane...then a slight vibration like a taxi met n moerse system. But i was verkeerd...because i did kom agter it was a aardbewing. I was very bang... I left my broodjie on the counter and did hardloop to my kamer | 41 users found this interesting.
  • Best comment ever!
79 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was sitting on my bed and heard a roar first, thinking it's a loud Harley outside, but then it got louder and my bed shook back and forth quite strongly. No items fell off anywhere, but windows and roof were rattling. | 6 users found this interesting.
78.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I almost shit my pants | 7 users found this interesting.
Pinehurst, Cape Town (86.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was standing in the lounge when I heard a rumble like thunder and my picture frames rattled against the wall. It was probably about 3sec long at 00:27 | 5 users found this interesting.
Cape Town, fish hoek valley / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : There was one loud jolt, furniture and movable structures jolted with it and then continued to shake and vibrate in decreasing intensity for about five to eight seconds after the initial jolt. Windows made a loud sound with the first hit and continued to make noise as the vibrations remained. | 6 users found this interesting.
  • Live in Fish Hoek and felt nothing ....
Ocean View Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : This was the very first time experiencing an earthquake and i am still in shock. These kinds of disasters never happen here ever and now it just did and i was in bed busy with an assignment and all of a sudden my bed started to shake i not only felt it but saw it too.it was super scarey and so unreal i hope it doesnt happen again | 5 users found this interesting.
  • I hope it really doesn't happen again I was super scared and still
  • I hope it really doesn't happen again I was super scared and still
  • They say a bigger one is heading to us. Just read up on it now, from retreat and we felt it too, very quik tho and subtle rattling,no sound tho but still freaked me out as I just finished watching Greenland a movie similar to destruction so yeah I cannot sleep now after this either
  • 2 witnesses...so no tale telling
Cape Town, seapoint (73.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : There was a light but noticeable vibration (seccond floor of building), it woke me as a light sleeper. There was a kind of deep moaning sound. Occurred at around 00:00/00:15. | 4 users found this interesting.
Mandalay, Mitchells Plain (95.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : First I heard a sound. It is a windy night so I thought it was just a normal gust of wind, but it sounded louder. I wake up thinking someone is opening our gate. A stay still to hear more then the vibration came. The bed moved like I was on a pool floatie then silence followed. | 4 users found this interesting.
Cape Town belhar (93.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Hectic - took a second before I realized what was happening but distinctive shakes heard the rumble heard my house cracking felt my bed moving | 3 users found this interesting.
Yzerfontein (22.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Was woken up with quite an intense rattling. At first I thought a very strong wind had picked up. My cats were alerted too | 3 users found this interesting.
Cape town milnerton tijgerhof (289.4 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I've never experienced something like this ever I'm still shocked | 4 users found this interesting.
Stellenberg (86 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Like a truck pass, but there were no truck. Roof creekef. Dogs bark in distance. But at 00h26, not at 22:30 | 2 users found this interesting.
  • I had the same experience sounded like a truck passing but very loud and I'm in Retreat.
Cape Town (96.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : This awakened me, with an increasing rumbling and vibration like a truck was about to drive through the house. Poor cats startled! | 2 users found this interesting.
Khayelitsha, Cape Town (99.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I heard and felt a rumbling sound and then, as I was seated at my PC, saw the monitor wobbling for about 3 seconds | 2 users found this interesting.
Hout Bay (82.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was lying in bed when I hear a loud sound and then my whole house started shaking it lasted about 6 seconds and then passed it was like a vibrating movement | 2 users found this interesting.
Surrey Estate (86.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Felt a bit weird...Like it's coming my way....and then ..it's here....a few seconds of movement....and gone.. | 2 users found this interesting.
82.7 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Felt it from the 8th floor of my building. Hear weird vibrational noise first, and then felt my bed shake slightly. | 2 users found this interesting.
Parklands / Light shaking (MMI IV) : The shaking and sound woke me up | 4 users found this interesting.
Langebaan, Western Cape / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Heard it rather than felt it. Long loud rumbling noise for 15 seconds or more. Chandeliers started tinkling. | 2 users found this interesting.
  • Yes I am in langebaan and my cat jumped on me..did not feel the quake but heard a rumbling
Tygerdal Goodwood (81 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up this morning with bed shaking and house alarms in neighborhood going off and dogs barking loudly | One user found this interesting.
Kuils River (91.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / very short : Felt like a rolling, was enough to make my screen start shaking. Felt as if a platform with wheels got hit from behind. | One user found this interesting.
Milnerton (77.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / 5-10 s : Woke up, possibly from shaking, but rambling sound went on for 5 seconds after waking up at 00:28 after midnight. I am a very sound sleeper and this woke me up so it was bigger than the previous two that CPT experienced a while ago. | One user found this interesting.
San Michel, Noordhoek (90.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was lying in bed when I felt the tremors. It felt like a very heavy vehicle going past, the whole house vibrated. It woke my daughter up. The whole experience lasted about 10 seconds | One user found this interesting.
Ottery, Cape Town (236.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : While lying in bed at exactly 00:27 just after midnight 17 November 2020 I could hear this low rumbling sound. I thought it might be a plane then my bed started shaking, a rolling moving (travelling )vibration from the bottom to the head of the bed. The shaking was very obvious like someone gently shaking the bed. | One user found this interesting.
Ottery, Cape Town (89.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Well I was playing games in the middle of the night and I just heard a rumbling noise from outside thinking it was my dog running around the house but then the sound got louder a bit and my bed started shaking which then I just thought of an earthquake but not too sure coz I've never felt or experienced one before. | One user found this interesting.
Jacoubuskraal Nature Reserve (28.3 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : I couldn't sleep last night so I was awake during this at 00:30 and woke my husband up to listen to the house and everything in it shake. It shook twice and there was a loud sound that accompanied it, horrible sound...I can't think now how to describe it but I thought the waves must be on their way because of it. Ive never felt one like that so didn't know what to expect or do or think. I kept checking if there were alerts or warnings out. | One user found this interesting.
Durbanville (68.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Woke up to a loud sound and my house shook. Chandeliers and glassware rattled and the tremor shook the house in a vibrating way. | One user found this interesting.
BAYVIEW. STRANDFONTEIN (98.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : My TV was on loud. But felt like a plane was flying over my house at low altitude. Or like a construction truck drove pass nearby. Similar to thunder in the distance | One user found this interesting.
Vredenburg (45.7 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was busy studying, as I am a matric learner who is writing my english paper tomorrow, when I felt the shaking.I honestly didn't know what was happening. Our attic was SHAKING. It felt as if a tsunami was on the rise from Paternoster. | One user found this interesting.
274 Main street, Paarl (103.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Was awake, reading. Bed started to shake. Threw down the book and ran for the door. Neigbours' dogs started to barking. My flat on the fourth floor in central Paarl. | One user found this interesting.
De tijger (83.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Quite loud rumbling sound. My whole apartment shook. I am on the first floor. Plates and glasses in cupboards rattled. | One user found this interesting.
68.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Woken up at 00:27 by low rumbling sound. At first thought it was the strong winds outside then felt the building and earth shaking. Weak shaking for about 2-5 seconds. I just held my toddler who was sleeping with me. No one else in the house woke up, not even the toddler. Scary as it is rare in Cape Town and only had ine on 27 September 2020. Why another one? | One user found this interesting.
Yzerfontein (21.2 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s : Sounded like thunder at first then a big deep shake of the ground beneath my house on the coast. Then more noise then nothing. | One user found this interesting.
87.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Roof rattled and there was a weird rumbling noise. I wasn't sure what it was until I saw our neighbood-watch posts. | One user found this interesting.
83.1 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard a rumbling that got closer and louder and then I felt the ground and door shake a bit. Its sounded like drilling and then like cracking | One user found this interesting.
88.7 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : wasnt sure if it was an earthquake or not. Thought my arm slipped on my desk, or cat jumped off my desk. my desk just slightly shook from side to side. there was a rumble that started +-5 seconds before and last for +-20 seconds after I felt it | One user found this interesting.
Monte Vista / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Felt and heard. Woke me up. Scared AF. We're going to die. | 3 users found this interesting.
Paarl / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It sounded like a rat or something a little bigger running across the house ceiling and the dogs in the back starting barking. My house has a flat roof I was lying in bed facing south west, the vibration literally moved from north west to south east direction. | One user found this interesting.
Kraaifontein / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Couch and floor windows vibrated and rattled. In bedroom husband was woken up, bed vibrating and windows rattling. Same for daughter in her room. | One user found this interesting.
Fish hoek, cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My windows and doors started shaking loudly like an aeroplane was so close it was about to land on my house. Got such a fright I ran to the window to look out and see if I could see anything. I realised after that my legs were weak and shaking from fright. I’ve never felt/heard anything like it in my 10 years in my house. This was between midnight and 1am and lasted about 10 seconds. | One user found this interesting.
Plumstead / not felt : If it wasn't for social media I would not have known there was an earthquake. Heard nothing, felt nothing. | One user found this interesting.
Paarl / not felt : Heard the strangest ominous sound which I know was an earthquake. Was sitting in lounge watching TV. Didn’t feel anything. | One user found this interesting.
Rondebosch East / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s : I sleep upstairs, the feeling was terrible that woke me up. I honestly thought I was going to fall down into the below room. I was holding my bed, completely shocked and shaking after. | One user found this interesting.
Yzerfontein / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Got a big fright, as I lived in Ceres in 1969, where big one was!! Was worried about it affecting the sea! ! p | One user found this interesting.
Tokai, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Working late, I heard quite a rumbling and slight vibration at 00:28. At 01:33 I heard a very faint rumbling and at 01:45 a noise that could have been my imagination. | One user found this interesting.
  • I also thought I heard a second rumble while I was still trying to figure out what the first rumble was. There was more than one. I didn't hear a third.
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I live close to a railway station in plumstead and thought it could not have been a train and I immediately thought it could've been a small tremor even though I was skeptical it was a tremor - Until people started texting and word went around that something was definitely in the Cape Flats | One user found this interesting.
Milnerton / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : I am in a 14 story building so it was terrifying. Was on my phone and didn't click what was happening at first because it slowly built up in intensity and eventually I was watching things wobbling on shelves. We ran out of the building for our lives but we seemed to be the only ones with this reaction!! | One user found this interesting.
  • Hi! I’ve seen that it’s advised not to run out of a tall building if you are in one in an earthquake. The lower you move in the building, the more rubble can fall on you if the building breaks down. It’s recommended to go under a sturdy table or piece of furniture as it could potentially prevent debris falling on you directly. I hope this helps! I recommend doing some research about it :)
Brackefell northern suburbs of Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : Like thunder running increasingly closer till you know its not thunder anymore...windows and roof rattling.. Lasted 5sec | One user found this interesting.
  • Im also in brackenfell heard
Edgemead Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Heard loud sound, followed by vibrational shaking. Could hear the vibration as it moved on further away. | One user found this interesting.
Southern Suburbs Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard a deep rumbling sound. It sounded like my roller driveway gates opening. Then dogs in area started barking. A few minutes later I heard it again. I though it could be thundering. | One user found this interesting.
Cape Town Zonnebloem (76.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was on my bed when i heard a ground moving sound coming towards my apartment, then the building started shaking as it was shaking my bed was shaking so it shook me.
Hout Bay (82.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was lying in bed when I hear a loud sound and then my whole house started shaking it lasted about 6 seconds and then passed it was like a vibrating movement
Hout Bay (82.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was lying in bed when I hear a loud sound and then my whole house started shaking it lasted about 6 seconds and then passed it was like a vibrating movement
Observatory Cape Town (79.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I felt it in my sleep felt like two or three little rolls as if I was going over small swells on the water. I think there was a distant deep rumble which was not loud.
70.2 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : Now that I have experienced this latest tremor, it reminded me of the earthquake I experienced as a child but not as strong. It is also explains the very weak tremors I have occasionally felt whilst at home these past few months.
104.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Many of us felt it!, i was stil awake past midnight when suddenly i felt this rumbling force coming from below for 1-3 seconds
Duynefontein. Melkbosstrand (59 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was abed reading when I heard this rumble. At first I thought it was thunder but soon realised it was different. I did not feel any tremours but I got really scared. However, it was over quickly, yet it did leave me with an uneasy feeling.
Claremont Cape Town (84.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : It happened at 00:27 in Claremont, not 22h27. I woke up to rumbling in the ground then items shaking in the house. Dogs started barking.
Brackenfell (88.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : Honestly, I was just laying in bed a bit after midnight and I felt my bed shaking like crazy for a very short period. I just laid there and it stop.
80.6 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Terribly light.. More like a slight vibration making me just think abt earthquakes and dismiss it and forgot
Appledene Road Silvertown Athlone (90.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I don't know what time the quake happened as i was asleep but it woke me for a while. It felt like my room was lightly shaking and i heard my bedroom window rattling.
81.6 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heard sound getting stronger and stronger until full vibration hit the house. Jumped up but too late to feel window vibration that low flying helicopters often cause.
Cape town (77.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : 3.5 magnitude quake, heard a rumble getting louder and louder and then the house started to shake. Lasted about 15 seconds
Paarl Western Cape (104.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Was dozing off and then something woke me and I felt as if their was a brief shaking , but wasn’t sure whether I was dreaming or whether it was real,. Then I listened to the news today
Claremont (81.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : I was lying in bed, watching a show on netflix in the dark. My wifi first went out. Next, I heard a strange rambling sound which was closely followed by the sound of my windows rattling loudly (big window and french door in my bedroom). It was scary and confusing but it ended relatively quickly. I thought that a plane was to blame initially.
20 Piet Retief Street, Wellington, 7655 (103.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was awake,in my bed upstairs and felt a strange sound, like a pressure. Windows started rattling and my parrot and cockatiel went crazy in their cages downstairs. I had to go to them as they were panicking. Its was close to 12:30am when I went downstairs.
96.7 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Occurred around 12:30am. I am close to the coast line. Muizenberg. Tremors strong furniture and windows shook lasted a few seconds but was woken by loud sound
Pinehurst, Cape Town (86.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was standing in the lounge when I heard a rumble like thunder and my picture frames rattled against the wall. It was probably about 3sec long at 00:27
Fairways, Cape Town (83.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : I woke up because I felt the shaking at 00:26. The TV rattled. My first thought was, it's an earthquake then I thought it might be a train but no trains run at this time of the night. Then I thought it must be a dream. It was scary. My son and daughter woke up too.
Plumstead, Cape Town. (87.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Woke up to what I thought was a low flying aeroplane, then felt the tremor. We live in an old house with leaded paned sash windows, they were all rattling loudly, lasted for about six seconds, ended off with a rock grinding sound deep under the earth.
Fish (93 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Was just about to fall asleep when I heard a rumbling like noise , the ground then started shaking as well as the windows rattling for about 5seconds or so and then it stopped. The rumbling sound could still be heard for a few seconds after.
Fish hoek (96.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was sleeping and I thought the kids had woken up and were running around because I felt / heard thumping footsteps so in my slumber I woke up to put them back to bed only to find no one awake so it was so odd. Then I thought it’d been someone knocking on the door? Couldn’t understand what the vibrating had been until I heard about the earthquake
Hillside Road, Fish Hoek (96.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was sleeping in ground floor bedroom and did not wake up. Family member sleeping upstairs felt light shaking and heard crockery rattling in cupboards.
Edgemead (78.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Heard a soft, rumbling sound. Puzzled by how long it went on. Then felt the house shake and thought, "Earth tremor".
Durbanville (86.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was asleep and woke with a panic, unsure of what had woken me, but I heard the rumbling and thought it was a plane passing, unsure if i was dreaming the vibrations I felt.
70 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I first heard noise that sounded like thunder rumbling or a heavy truck passing. Suddenly everything on my table started rattling and I could feel my bed vibrating. I was on the second storey of our house. The vibration lasted for about 10 seconds maybe. It’s hard to remember exactly.
Yzerfontein (20.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Die aardbewing het die vensters laat rittel, die koppies laat klingel. Dit het soos donderweer begin donder en toe begin rammel. Die bed het geskud en bewe vir 10 sek. Dis wanneer boodskappe toe begin deur kom en vra wat van 'n tsunami en wees versigtig v 'n 2de opvolg skudding. Dan besef jy Koeberg is 50km weg en is dit veilig. Dis genoeg om jou uit die slaap te hou. Maar gelukkig was daar nie skade nie.
Stellenbosch (105.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Heard the sound of - 15db (distant thunder cloud sound equivalent for about 5-7 seconds and the vibration whilst laying in the attic (2nd floor) asif someone was stomping on the floor about 5 seconds duration.
Tokai, Cape Town (89.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : It took place at 00.27am local time so I was in bed and semi conscious but woke up fully to the sound of a loud noise. Wasn't sure if it was a distant explosion, crash or an earthquake. The house creaked and windows rattled. The sound subsided after about 10-15 seconds.
Langeberg Heights (86.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Heard it approaching a loud rummbling as it arrived it shook the house, the windows rattled and the glasses in the cupboard.
lakeside, cape town (92 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was about to fall asleep when I heard/felt it. Thought it was a neighbour with a crazy subwoofer or something, and then all the dogs in the road would not stop barking.
Cape Town (8.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : The rumble came before the shaking. It was a deep and unmistakable sound; the same sound as accompanied the one a few weeks ago. Shaking was at most 3 seconds. The rumble maybe 5. Heard what sounded like a further rumble after 1am, but that may have been my overactive mind at that time!
Brackenfell, Cape Town (90.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s : Heard a loud Boom and then whole house was shaken - strongest I felt from all the quakes we have had. Based in Brackenfell. This one was scary
93.3 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Felt it while in bed. Was very brief. At first, I thought it was a car with a big subwoofer but that never made my bed vibrate.
Somerset West (113.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 10-15 s : Definitely felt and heard a very low vibration that persisted a few seconds as it faded away. Nothing seemed to rattle, but a loose object in the roof made a noise as it fell on the ceiling.
Kraaifontein (87.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 1-2 s : I was woken up by this earthquake.it felt like the eart was moving,cause my head was spinning,and i had shock waves through my body,my heart was beating so fast i thought I was getting a heart attact.i am still not feeling good.
Bellville Central, Cape Town (86.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : I was still working at my desk and felt a slight but distinct tremor, just for a second or so. Almost as if some big, heavy thing like a large truck had been dropped from a height and landed a short distance away. I'm 10 floors up. No visible movement of anything in my room or outside.
Stellenbosch (107.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / very short : First time I ever felt something like it. Was very out of sorts. Felt in in Stellenbosch around 00:30. The 17th of November.
Plumstead (87 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : We first heard a noise almost like a thunder or heavyweight vehicleand then felt the tremors. We live in a double storey house and could feel the tremors.
Hunters Valley (65.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : I saw my roof move. It was so weird. And I heard it coming. I heard (as I lay on my pillow) the rumbling drawing near.
83.5 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s : It was fun. Nice reminder that our earth is active, many things are not in our control and life is ephemeral
Pinelands (73.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke at 27 minutes past midnight and within 15 seconds felt the floorboards shaking. Strong enough for me to jump out f bed realizing what it was
Kirstenhof, Cape Town, South Africa (90.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Didn't feel any shaking, thought it was thunder. Roof did shudder as though resonating with thunder. Only realised it was an earthquake this morning when hearing other reports.
Table View, Cape Town (72.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : Rather different to the recent earthquake in Malmesbury. This was more of an extended rumbling, and vibration which at first made me think of a low flying jumbo jet (not really used to those anymore due to lockdown...). However it was easily felt through the floor. The cats certainly took notice of it. No damage occurred as a result.
Cape Town, Vredekloof Heights (87.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sounds like a truck passing by (rumbling noice) then the shaking of my roof. I was still trying to figure out the sound then it was quiet. It was the similar as the last quake. Sounds and feels like an underground rumbling/movement and then the shaking. Around 00:15 17/11
Stellenbosch (107.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / very short : First time I ever felt something like it. Was very out of sorts. Felt in in Stellenbosch around 00:30. The 17th of November.
Kalksteenfontein Bishop Lavis (197 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : we normally hear the planes as we near the airport but did not feel anything which is strange ,normally with earthquake the dogs starts to bark but was also quiet worrysome
77.7 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 2-5 s : I heard a noise and thought it was construction work then I realized my bed was moving, I looked outside my window and it appeared that street lights were moving but not entirely sure. I would say it felt similar to being on a boat in the sea.
56.7 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : I was perturbed mistaking it for intruders trying to break in as it sounded like our motorised gate was rattling and opening up.A few minutes later I saw on our What's app group that it was an earthquake.
Claremont Cape Town (83.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : A rumbling sounds getting louder then the room started to rattle and shake slightly. We thought it was a motorbike starting up outside the house. then realized it was an earth tremor.
Simon's Town (100.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Spubded like a rumble like a train passing really close. I live in top of a mountain and the house shook for a few seconds. My youngest son who sleeps on my side of the house heard and felt his windows shaking. My other son at the back of the house had headphones on and didnt hear it but felt something. 1228am the shaking finished
Observatory Cape Town (79.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I felt it in my sleep felt like two or three little rolls as if I was going over small swells on the water. I think there was a distant deep rumble which was not loud.
Klein street Woodlands Mitchells plain Cape Town (95.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : I felt my house was shaking for a few seconds which felt like a lifetime. Thereafter the walls were crackling and then it was quiet. I immediately knew that was a tremmor or earth quake. It happened around 12:30pm
Cracks on the side of my house (public domain)Cracks on the side of my house (public domain)
79.6 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short : I was awoken from a deep sleep by a noise, more than experiencing physical movement. At the thought I thought earthquake,but it was so brief as to almost doubt that it had happened. Only when I saw reports in the morning, I realised it had happened.
Bellville (87.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : About 00:27 the 17th Nov i heard a loud rumble for a few seconds which was followed by the house vibrating then felt mt bed jerk.
Rondebosch Cape Town (81 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : Was asleep but the earthquake woke both my wife and I up at the same time (10:27 GMT 00:27SAST). There was a low rumbling that caused glasses to rattle. I looked at the time realising that it was an earth tremor so that I could check the following morning. My only other experience of an earthquake had been the Tulbagh one.
95.3 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : First time experience. Sitting watching a docuseries when suddenly I thought a convoy of heavy duty vehicles were passing us. It was a distinct rolling rumble and vibration that passed through me and the house. I looked at the clock to tell sleeping hubby. When hubby read out about an earthquake last night he was surprised when I said "oh that's what that was at 00:28." What is most interesting for me to see now, is how my description of the direction of the convoy and how the vibrations moved t
Pinelands (73.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke at 27 minutes past midnight and within 15 seconds felt the floorboards shaking. Strong enough for me to jump out f bed realizing what it was
Table View (71.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Rumbling sound and motion. Like rolling thunder. Woken from sleep but not enough of a shake to investigate at the time.
Crawford, cape Town (11.6 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : There was quite a loud rumble that woke us up. Felt like a moving truck was passing our bedroom window.
Ottery, Cape Town (86.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / very short : On bed at 00H20 when heard thundering sound "passing"through our complex. I live in duplex and was on top part. No shaking or rattling. Just rumbling movement. No damages in or around house. Nerve racking. By the time you act to leave home, rumbling had passed.Investigate and see neighbours lights on who is normally asleep. Realise they heard unusual rumbling ssound too.
Cape Fos (78.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short : It just felt like my cat was shaking on my bed a bit violently. My flat is 6 stories up so I imagine it felt a bit different
Observatory, Cape Town (79.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It was very windy, all the woindows were closed. I think the wind stopped for a short while and I heard a rumbling. I thought it was thunder. I moved about three steps from the bathroom towards the kitchen were it seemed I could hear better (there are more windows). It became more intense and there was some vibrating and rattling of things in the kitchen. It became less intense and went away. I remember clearly that I felt no shaking or vibrations through my feet on the concrete floor. I only he
22 Matapan Rd, Rondebosch, Cape town (83.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 s : About 12.28/29am - sounded like a truck rumbling in direction of our home, coming towards our part of the neighborhood ... the sound kind of 'filling the atmosphere', the sound direction seemed like it was coming from everywhere, but more from the north, rolling towards our home .. - then a distinctive weak shaking of the house building (enough to be concerned about, to get our attention), a bit of creaking in the roof trusses ... about 3 - 5 seconds for the whole experience ....then silence ..
Ottery, Cape Town (88.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I felt my bed move and knew it could only be an earthquake. I jumped up and checked my front gate just incase, however everything seemed quiet and peaceful outside.
Brackenfell (90.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I was asleep. In the distance it sounded like a heavy vehicle was approaching (like for example a crane) and all of a sudden I felt and heard the room shake
Bothasig (78.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : First rumbling and then vibrations were felt longer than the 2 previous tremors. No damage to property was experienced.
west beach (68.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : I dreamt the house was shaking only to wake up and find that it was. Doors and windows rattled. It felt really long but I was not in a state to be able to gauge how long if lasted.
78.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It happened at 00:27, I was woken by heavy rumbling sound and severe vibration. My cat woke up in alarm and all the birds roosting in and around the building took flight. According to the scale of shaking, I would place it somewhere between "Light" and "Moderate" shaking. It was definitely worse than the vibration and shaking of heavy trucks passing but not so bad that anything was broken.
Rondebosch, Cape Town (83 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was fast asleep, and was woke up by the shake. Very definitely felt it. We have a double story and it was very noticeable. Seem to last 10 sec or so. No panic rolled over and went back to sleep
90.6 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : The shaking was mild but the sound that accompanied it was not. Sounded like a jet flew past breaking the sound barrier
80.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sounded like an approaching huge aircraft about to hit us, felt and heard 5seconds before shaking started. Scary.
Cabernet Villas, Cabernet Sauvignon Street, Oude W (81.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was woken up by what sounded like a rolling thunder. I then heard the windows vibrating. This is when I felt it in my body on the bed. The sound got louder and the vibrating got more intense and then subsided again. I could hear it moving from the Tygerberg side down into the valley of Oude Westhof - NW to SE.
Mowbray, Cape Town (150.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I felt my bed moving in a vibration mode but as soon as I jumped to pay attention to the vibration it was gone. My window jolted, plates on top of the table, my keys hanging on the door were also making sound due to the vibration. This was around 12 midnight, it was 5 to 10 seconds long i guess it's because I am on the 6th floor.
Cape Town Ocean view (94.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling : I felt it and I thought I was gonna die it was loud the floor and roof were vibrating And it continued for about 5 minutes
Hout Bay,Northshore area (80.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I am a light sleeper,it woke me up,slight shake in room with a deep rumble noise. Enough to make me get up to check the time of happening and it was 12:27am
Lakeside, Cape Town (93.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : We were woken up by a deep rumbling sound and then felt the bed tremble and our roof sounded like it rumbled too for a very short while.
Langebaan (31.4 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : It was only noise that I heard no actual shaking that I recall. It was a very deep rumbling sound that woke me up.
Plumstead Cape Town (86.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : I heard two tremors. The first one was stronger than the second, and rattled the windows. No rattling with the second about 15 minutes later, but the sound was the same.
Paternoster (64 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : I was awoken by what I thought was a very heavy vehicle driving very slowly past my house. A kind of a throbbing noise....I thought it was odd, turned over, and went back to sleep!
77.6 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Live about 20 km from cape Town in the superb of southfield. At about 12.25 I woke up and heard a weird noise in my room. Like a loud humming. Certain objects like the chest of drawers and my TV wall unit sort of made creaking sounds. It lasted about 10 or so seconds. I live in a flat on the 2nd floor.
Cape Town, city bowl 8001 (76.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Lying in bed, I heard it first and then felt my whole bed shake and thought something might collapse. Lasted about 8 seconds.
Southfield Cape Town (88.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Sounded like thunder or a plane then felt mild shaking for a few seconds It was like the one in 1969 only much shorter that's why I knew what it was
83 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : The tremble was worst than the previous 2 quakes earlier this year. It woke me up. The TV stand was rattling annd I could hear the onsuite toilet lid rattle. I could still here the ramble for about 10 secounds afterwards.
Cape town Brooklyn (76.6 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was on the second floor of our apartment complex. Had my earphones in for about the first three seconds and felt my whole bed shaking. I promptly took my earphones in and the vibrations continued about another 7 to 8 seconds.
89.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Very little vibration felt through floor however deep rumbling vibration of windows and crockery. Felt like a eighteen wheeler going passed the house
Plumstead, Cape Town (87.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : The rumble I heard was loud and the roof rattled/shook. Ran to the window thinking there was something outside causing this.
103.5 km ESE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : I was in bed. There was a sudden sound like an extreme strong gush of wind hitting the house like a vibration almost and then immediately after felt like the bedroom wall and floor and bed gave a single horizontal motion.
Milnerton, Cape Town (77.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : 00:30 I started hearing the deep rumbling and the vibration of a picture against my window. We don’t get earthquakes in SA so I thought it was the container train nearby but the running continued fir too long and I realised that it’s a quake.
Cape Town (95.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : I heared a thunderous sound and my doors started shaking as if someone was pounding on them with a fist then loose items in and on cabinets shifted and fell and cabinet doors drawers opened
87.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : For few seconds it sounded like a boeing approaching, increasing in sound, then for a few seconds the windows and light fixtures started rattling, then the same boeing-like sound became fainter.
Hout Bay (84 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : We were fast asleep. It was windy last night so both thought it was the wind till we spoke about it this morning.
Atlantis, cape town (57.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / 20-30 s : I was awaken by a loud rumbling sound, like a low flying passenger airliner type of sound. When I awoke, I could feel a slight tremble, very mild, but it dissipated in less than 5 seconds. The sound lasted for more than 30 seconds because I thought to myself this plane is going to crash close by, not knowing it was a tremor I was feeling. The roaring moved toward Melkbosstrand area and it took around 20 seconds from when I heard it to not hearing it any longer
Woodstock, Cape Town (77.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : A vibrating sound that became louder and louder.House and windows vibrated.Felt like a massive freight train passed by our house.
Woodstock Cape town (78.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Was immediately woken up. Bed was shaking sideways. 2 glasses next to my bed were clinging against each other.
Hangberg Hout Bay / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / 5-10 s : ...went to fetch a drink at 00h24 and felt it...
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72 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It felt like we are getting thunderstorms and my window, slab and bed on the upper floor started vibrating
84.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Building shook a bit with a bang sound that accompanied the shaking. Woke both myself and my daughter.
  • Nobody else from Paarl??? I thought it was thunder rumble, or my husband moving something heavy at midnight in the lounge
88.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Rumbling sound was not like the sound in Oct quake which sounded like thunder. This sound is difficult to explain, almost like a low 'ringing-frequency' sound
Gordonsbay (119.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I woke up and heard a noise, i thought it was a noise of a far explosion or something, but was in between sleeping and awake, so didnt think much of it so carry on sleeping
90.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was awakened by the tremors, the dogs heard and felt it too. Windows were shaking and it felt like forever.
82.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Woke up in bed to vibrating sound almost like a jet plane flying overhead. Sound faded away after a few seconds.
Fish hoek (96.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was sleeping and I thought the kids had woken up and were running around because I felt / heard thumping footsteps so in my slumber I woke up to put them back to bed only to find no one awake so it was so odd. Then I thought it’d been someone knocking on the door? Couldn’t understand what the vibrating had been until I heard about the earthquake
Penhill Estate, Cape Town (100.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I thought a massive truck was speeding down our road which should be impossible since we live in a cul-de-sac
Mayfield Village, Mayfield Crescent Ottery (87.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was sleeping and I heard the ground shaking and it woke me up. The things on my dressing table were also rattling. This was between 00:25 - 00:30 most likely.
Cape Town (Welgemoed) (84.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Our household was woken by the shaking of our house and the rattling of our windows. It sounded like something had struck the side of the house.
Verdi Street Cape Town South Africa (91.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / very short : Felt a definite vibration underfoot. People in the house that was in bed did not feel anything. Those with their feet on the floor could feel the vibration.
Ysterplaat (78 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Was awoken to the vibrations. We have wooden floors so I felt the vibrations on my bed which woke me up. Likewise the walls & windows were vibrating like when heavy trucks ride past.
Woodbridge Island milnerton Cape Town (75.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / 10-15 s : Only heard a long low rumble that peaked in intensity early (within about 3s) then plateaued for a second or two then had a long tail off. Heard it just before 00:30 on 17 Nov 2020
Cape Town (Welgemoed) (84.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Our household was woken by the shaking of our house and the rattling of our windows. It sounded like something had struck the side of the house.
76.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Little experience, typically I don’t notice. This time rattling woke me up and then rumbling noise like a distant thunder
73.1 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 10-15 s : I heard a low rumbling sound .....the building vibrated ...On the 4th floor in Sea Point .....and then there was a click ....and it stopped.
70 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I first heard noise that sounded like thunder rumbling or a heavy truck passing. Suddenly everything on my table started rattling and I could feel my bed vibrating. I was on the second storey of our house. The vibration lasted for about 10 seconds maybe. It’s hard to remember exactly.
Grassy Park, Cape Town (91.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It sounded like a loud car not too far away at first, but then it rattled my door and the carport sheets
85.1 km SE of epicenter [Map] / not felt : I slept through it but others in my area felt it as noted in our community chat group - someone said it lasted 40s
Monte vista (80.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I am a light sleeper, the rattling of the windows and decorations in our house woke me up. Nothing fell over however it was clear that the ground was shaking
Ruyterwacht, Cape Town, South Africa (83 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : I heard a rumbling and felt it mildly. I had earphones in. My husband said it was just the wind but it wasn't, it was very quiet outside before I felt it slightly and heard it. (reported through our app)
16 Louis Trichardt Square, Ruyterwacht, Cape Town, (83 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : I heard a rumbling and felt it mildly. I had earphones in. My husband said it was just the wind but it wasn't, it was very quiet outside before I felt it slightly and heard it. (reported through our app)
Cape Town (79.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : It was a loud thundering sound or a sound similar to a close by truck motoring past causing vibrations. There was a shaking and trembling felt on the ground and the windows rattled for a few seconds.
87.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : My dogs started growling, then I heard a sound like thunder and the Trellidor rattled. That was at 00:28 on my cellphone
Cape Town, Parow (83.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I could hear a rumble that rolled toward me and through the house and then away. Could hear bird cage rattle. (reported through our app)
Kuilsrivier, Cape Town (90 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : I heard the rumbling and then the desk I was working at, started to shake. After the tremor had subsided, the rumbling carried on for about 6 more seconds.
Pinelands (73.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Woke at 27 minutes past midnight and within 15 seconds felt the floorboards shaking. Strong enough for me to jump out f bed realizing what it was
Heideveld (93.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It sounded like a plane flying very very low and then suddenly my bed shook for a few seconds. It woke me up
85.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Loud thump and rumbling sound. Feeling like house being bulldozed. Was in bed awake and entire bed shaking horizontally quite vigorously. Windows and doors all shaking.
Lansdowne/Rondebosch East (84.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was asleep when it happened. But i’m a light sleeper, and it woke me slightly. I didn’t realize what it was, but I thought someone was awake and dragging heavy furniture around. It doesn’t seem to have been too intense as my sister was awake and oblivious to everything with her headphones in.
Balvenie, Elsies River, Cape Town (86.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : I was standing at the time. For me it felt more like slight trembling in the walls and ceiling. Simultaneously I heard a noise that sounded like a vibration and a light truck passing.
Capetown (81.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling : It was like opening rocky trenches with dynamite, you could hear the "rumble" coming, feel it go "through" the house, my water next to my bed was moving inside the glass and some of the bedrooms cupboards made squeak sounds. You could here the sound get softer till it disappeared opposite side where it came from. Will inspect house tomorrow, i think cracks may actually show some places.
Fish Hoek, Western Cape (94.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : We had the TV on and it was loud, all of a sudden we heard a sound of thunder of sorts but then the house felt like it shook, myself, my husband and my son all felt it, we are in Fish Hoek, Western Cape
82.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : Load rumbling noise like thunder or airplane flying very low. Went on longer than normal thunder. Didn't see any movement as it was dark. Dogs disturbed
Fish Hoek, Cape Town (93.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : The sound, like a tremor characteristic of those experienced frequently in the mining areas in Gauteng, seemed to move from the south west towards the north. The shuddering lasted for about eight minutes. The chair I was sitting on shook and there was a rumbling sound. It was quite scary. There was a mild shifting sensation in the ground for a while afterwards.
87.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : First thought I am crazy. Literally made my stomach turn, had to stand still as I had no idea what was happening.Was quite loud. First thought it was thunder or someone dragging something along the cement but realised the windows and roof were rattling. I opened the curtains to see what was going on, obviously saw nothing. It was a bit confusing.
156.1 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Heard thunderous noise then heard glass tinkling sound and felt as if I was moving in opposite direction to floor and walls ( up and sideways) a rolling movement shaking in room.Heard a thunderous noise again (but not as loud) one hour later
Bothasig (76.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : Just about to sleep and then what sounded like thunder, turned into and rumble which got louder until bed was rolling/shifting as if it was on springs. Windows, doors and roof shook. Not sure how S of Saldahna was the epicenter as no fault lines are near this location...
Bellville (88.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It was very traumatizing, since we don't always get tremors. But this is the 3rd one, so now it's very alarming.
Capet Town, Tokai (89.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Never experienced something like this in my life. . . And in Cape Town? Tokai? Makes me wonder what else is going to be thrown into the year 2020
Melkbosstrand, Cape Town (61 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : The accuracy of the duration stated above may be incorrect, as I was asleep and awoken by the rattle grumble feeling and sound
13 breston road Silvertown (84.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short : I heares an on coming rumbling thinking that a car was approaching then followed by a single jerk that would shake me and my bed when the rumbling was at its loudest. After that everything went quiet
Cape Town (88.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : First time experiencing this event. Was very scary. Thought the house was going to collapse. It sounded like a boieng flying very close to our roof then the shaking came.
85.6 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : It woke me and I could feel the tremor and hear a soft rumbling...almost like the rumbling of a car engine....
94.4 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : it was a strange low rumble sound, I thought thunder but obviously not cloudy or stormy, then my other thoughts were a car with a sound system and then the couch felt like it was on a swing for 2 seconds, very weird experience
Marina Da Gama (93.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : A deep distant rumbling sound and slight horizontal vibration for what seemed like 10 seconds or more. No damage.
Kenilworth Cape Town (99.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was lying in bed watching TV and it felt like someone kicked the bed from underneath. Was just two quick bumps, nothing more
Monte Vista (80.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Felt a bit light an undulations, like sitting on a blanket held between two friends trying to shake you off it.
89.1 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Heard a loud rumble, then entire house shaked an bed moved. Felt the shaking of the earth through my body, starting at me feet coming up, leaving my fingers, almost like a light shock. This earthquake was more felt than previous one and was scary
Summer Greens milnerton (78.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Feet grounded it felt electrifying and like a gigantic tree was uprooted while I was walking around the area.
93 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It was not nice and it was scary to think that it happened very far from where I stay and I still felt it.
87.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I thought it was a helicopter, I waited and listened the I felt the droning get closer and felt my bed shake and heard glassware shift in the kitchen. Very scary when you don't know what it is.
Ottery, western cape (87.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Live in a small house, felt as if the house was gonna collapse, woke up my family too, was a really bad one. God help us all ♥️
Fish Hoek (93.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Sound was like a very low flying plane or a close passing train. Shaking/vibrating and rattling of glasses in cabinets.
Ascot Road, Milnerton (76 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : 9th floor of apartment block. 3 shaking movements of building followed by about 10 seconds of the building swaying lightly from side to side. The shaking was felt through the floor and couch I was sitting on. A cupboard was rattling slightly. The building then swayed lightly from side to side in very quick small motions.
Welgelegen, Parow, Cape Town (80.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Rolling, vibrating tremor consistent with tremors measured at 2,5 to 3 on Richter scale and often experienced in Benoni (East of Johannesburg). Those tremors were mostly the result of underground mine blasts in and around the Johannesburg area.
Tokai, Cape Town (89.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : It woke my up from my sleep and initially sounded like loud thunder but then the shaking started and the sound continued after the shaking ended
Cape Town (86.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s : Light shaking; a dip accompanied by brisk horisontal shaking movement, lasting just over two seconds. Motion accompanied by simultaneous rumble similar to the passing of a large truck. Seemingly, a density in the air (aside from movement) lasting while rumble occurs. Enough to wake everyone in the household including upsetting pets of household and neighbourhood.
Belhar, Cape Town (90.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Loud noise, thought its a cargo plane or heavy truck but felt a vibration through the house. Loud and scary.Sharkey, definitely shakey!
Noordhoek (90.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : Quite scary since we have a double storey house.We heard a loud sound like thunder and the house was shaking lightly.
76.9 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Woke up with deep earth rumbling that went of for a while. My dog also woke up and wanted to get out of the house.
Big Bay, Cape Town (67.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : Was awakened at 00:29 local time to light shaking and what sounded like the passing of a distant commercial aeroplane.
Atlantis, Cape Town (55.2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was sleeping when the sound woke me up. In a second the shaking started. I got up to run to my son's room, but then it was over.
D' Urbanvale, Cape Town (81.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Sounded like a rolling thunder coming closer, It then felt like it went under my house windows and doors were vibrating and then passed, this lasted around 15 to 20 seconds.
Milnerton, Cape Town, South Africa (75.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 10-15 s : I was lying in my bed on the 4th floor of the complex I live in when I felt a weak vibration for 10 to 15 seconds going through my body which gradually subsided. It felt almost as if a heavy vehicle (train) was slowly passing by at a distance. Unfortunately the wind was blowing strongly outside, so I am unable to say whether a sound accompanied the vibration. (reported through our app)
Cape Town, sea point (73.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : There was a moaning/groaning sound and the upper floor room vibrated softly but noticeably at 00:00 ish
88.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : First heard the dogs barking , then something that sounded like a big truck driving close by. Saw the curtains shaking and windows rattling
86.1 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It felt like a freight train rumbling past. I heard noises from sereval items prior the the vibration. Close to the M3 Constantly.
Hout bay (83.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Was about to fall asleep - thought I was imagining things until I realised the house was even vibrating and there was a deep rumbling
3255 Main Road, Hout Bay, Cape Town (83 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Felt my chair move, then saw hanging things swinging. I heard a deep rumbling sound while listening to youtube with headphones in
Gordonsbay (121.9 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I 1st thought it was a car starting but then I felt the vibration and here the window shaking a little.
77.7 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 2-5 s : I heard a noise and thought it was construction work then I realized my bed was moving, I looked outside my window and it appeared that street lights were moving but not entirely sure. I would say it felt similar to being on a boat in the sea.
89 first avenue Fairways (88.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Laying on my bed, I heard a gradual building deep sound as if a fighter jet was passing by. I could hear and feel the bed, furniture and brick walls and iron roof of my room rattling. This lasted around 5 seconds.
93.7 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s : That was the first time I felt a earthquake so I didnt know what it was until my friends classified it.
86.3 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : I was standing up and did not feel it in my feet but there was a sound like thunder and the pictures against the walls rattled. My wife was lying down and heard and felt it.
Bergvliet (88.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was watching Netflix and the laptop started shaking, and I felt a loud and deep rumble from below (not thunder) and shaking of the floor. Rushed outside to see the water in the pool sloshing.
Athlone (86.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I experienced it at the most awkward time of the evening thinking it was card getting ready to fight on my roof, but the moment I heard my windows rattle and walls shake, I know that this was my first ever experience of a live earthquake in all my years of living. Astounding...
Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, Western Cape (58.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Was in the second story of my house in Melkboss. Felt shaking and heard a low rumbling noise. I was mixing music and I thought there was some weird low frequency interference and then I turned it down and felt the shaking.
Observatory, Cape Town (79.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Thought it was a heavy truck passing but here's no road big enough. Then I though a low flying jumbo jet... (reported through our app)
92.5 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I heard a mild rumbling sound and my flat shook very slightly. I'm on the first floor. I checked the time and it matched the time of this report.
Fish Hoek, cape town (95.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It sounded like a large truck was coming down the road. The door started to rattle and the windows too. Then the dogs started barking and it felt like the truck was passing by and then it was over.
Fish Hoek, Cape Town (120.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : Didn’t feel any shaking, the windows rattled slightly, almost sounded like a big truck driving down the road but it was short only a few seconds. The dogs also became alert.
Parow (83.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Was awoken by house vibrating around 00:27 on Tuesday morning. Felt like something or someone was on my roof
82.8 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Suddenly, I felt a strong vibration to my floor and walls; I heard rattling; it felt like 5-10seconds. Felt surreal. My first experience
Fish Hoek, South Africa (83.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : I was awoken by a rattling and shaking and noise like the passing of a large train right outside my bedroom window.
83 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Woken up from sleap with rumbling sound like a big truck riving past. Felt the ground shaking while inbed.
Welgemoed (83.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : I woke up and it started with a big shake followed by 10-15 seconds of rattling and swinging side to side
90.4 km SSE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : I could feel and hear vibrations. I was lying in bed and heard it, then my bed started slightly rocking.
85.5 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Vibrating and shaking. Very strong and immediate hit then stayed at that level for about 10 seconds and then tapered off.
Kenridge, Durbanville (84.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : Started as light shaking for about 10 seconds then grew rapidly to very noticable and then dissipated within 5-10 seconds
Cape Town strandfontein / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Vibrations woke me up, felt and heavy pressure, door shaking, neighbors dogs barking. | 2 users found this interesting.
Constantia, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Lying in bed watching television with earphones. Sudden loud sound and shuddering. 10 seconds. | 2 users found this interesting.
85.7 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard the rumbling before feeling the shaking. Rumbling continued longer than the shaking. | One user found this interesting.
Durbanville (83.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Loud rumbling preceeding the shake. Doors and windows rattled | One user found this interesting.
81.6 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Lying in bed and heard a strange noise get louder and louder and then the bed started to shake | One user found this interesting.
94.4 km SE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Loud rumbling sound with vibrations - felt while in bed. | One user found this interesting.
Cape Town, Southern suburbs (88.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Was a rumbling sound and then it felt like the ground was swaying | One user found this interesting.
CapeTown, milnerton (71.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : 7 sec rumbling | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
Claremont, Cape Town (83.8 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Woke up to my bed being gently shaken and my cupboards creaking and the sound of a low rumble. | One user found this interesting.
Cape Town Steenberg (92.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s : Was a light shake, thought a big vehicle passed by. | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)
Tuscany Glen Blue Downs Eerste River 7100 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I felt a very light shaking. I stopped, I was busy on my iPad. I imagined I heard a sort of rumbling, it was just a few seconds, but then I thought it was just a big truck passing. Then later the day a heard talk of a light earthquake.
Brackenfell Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : It felt like the temors were travelling from the northwest and past under the house in a south east direction.
Cape Town, Sea Point / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Heard (and felt) a low frequency rumble at around 12:30am. Thought it was a plane flying low overhead. 7'th floor block in Sea Point, close facing Atlantic Ocean.
Lansdowne / not felt : Slept through the quake. The sunset on this night was striking though.Table mountain behind where I see the sun set was filled with grey clouds . But the rest of the sky was blue and it seemed to be lit from the east. After 7pm for a few minutes the sky was pink and pink tinged light filtered through the windows. I stepped out to look at the most gorgeous swish of pink white cloud and take pics of it. The light was the most beautiful I’ve seen in a while. And then after midnight an earthquake.
Paarl / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : The quake occurred at approximately 12:25 am. I felt a massive bang as I was sitting on my sofa. it felt as if the sofa moved up and down like a bang movement. the windows and glassware was rattling but not for very long. it happened in an instance and left me in a state of panic. At first I thought it was heavy thunder but I soon realized it was a weak earthquake.
Plumstead, Cape Town / not felt : Awoken by a low rumble, this is the third of its kind in the last few months (previous were south of Cape Town), so we are accustomed to the low extended rumble sound. Luckily no shaking noted, just the sound.
Langebaan meyburgpark (Melkbos Close) / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Was sleep-ins and awake because the bed was shaming. Heard a norse as a very heavy lorry. Living near lagoon up the hill.
Kenilworth / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : As if a heavy vehicle was passing in the road. Top floor of two story apartment rattled briefly.Pause, then slight wave sensation under me.Guessed what it was.
Kenilworth / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : As if a heavy vehicle was passing in the road. Top floor of two story apartment rattled briefly.Pause, then slight wave sensation under me.Guessed what it was.
Bothasig / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sounded as if car with big sound system was riding pass my house. When the vibrations didn't stop,i knew then that it wasn't a car, but earthquake quake. Amy parrot was going crazy in his cage.
Stellenbosch / not felt : I was awake, but not aware of any quake. But my cats were very alert and restless on Monday night (I presume they felt something)
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : At about 12:30 as I got into bed, there was a vibration which first I thought was a passing train, but it didn't have the screach of the rails and carried on for longer. Just after that there was a light clanging of what sounded like some loose objects in the house.
Fairways, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Daughter woke us as she sleeps upstairs and felt her room moving. Alarming and scary as the neighborhood chat lit up asking if anyone else felt it.
Noordhoek, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : I awoke a few minutes before 00:30 on 17 November having heard a deep rumble similar to thunder and a sensation of undulation and shaking in the house and bed. The doors and roof / ceiling were creaking. I thought maybe I had had a very unusual and surreal dream because my husband did not hear or experience anything and there were no message posts from the Neighbourhood Group.
Athlone cape town / Weak shaking (MMI III) : It felt like a vibration of a huge truck outside the front door it last like a few seconds and then suddenly stopped.
Fairways, Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : It seemed like there was a single thud a short while before the big one, and the neighbour's dog started barking. At 00:27/00:28 SA time it sounded like a Harley motorbike starting up... first softly then rolling louder and a few seconds of shaking with a simultaneous and sudden drop in air pressure (it felt like a heavy weight fell onto my bed).
Cape Town, Southern Suburbs, Lansdowne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : I was awake when it happened, there was a very loud sound and strong vibrations, i thought it was a plane about to crash. I could feel the vibration through my entire body, it was painfull. Then the sound & vibration subsided slowly. It felt like minutes passed before it was over.
Durbanville / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : My wife and I both jumped up out of bed as this was our first earthquake experience. It felt like the whole house was shaking and the bed was moving. No broken items in the house.
Observatory, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard an oncoming deep rummbling sound on MONDAY, 16 NOVEMBER 2020 in the early morning at about 00:30. It felt like a huge truck was close outside the house idling the engine. But because of the rolling rumbling oncoming sound and the shaking and rattling of things in the house I realised that it must be a tremor or earthquake. This happenef BEFORE the reported Tuesday morning 3.5 eartquake. I haven’t seen any reports on this tremor or quake. My neighbor was also awake and felt it too.
Cape Town, Bergvliet / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was woken up by my bed shaking and the whole room seemingly vibrating.... never experienced that before so knew it must be an earth tremor
Athlone / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : I heard a loud thunderstorm like sound that lasted about 15 -20sec. My bed started shaking my door started rattling,my jacket fell off my chair.felt like my hole room was shaking.
Welgemoe / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Roaring sound felt like it was running under from one side to the other side under the house house rattled
Cape Town, Kirstenhof / not felt : I live in Kirstenhof and my neighbour messaged me this morning (Tuesday 17t) to ask if I felt the quake. I had not - slept right through it, but he said it sounded like a big truck was going past.
Lotus River, Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : It felt totally weird, it woke me up. It was my first time experiencing this tremor. But I'm glad I could experience it though. My son is in Matric and both of us got to experience it together.
Kenridge, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Heard a deep rumble. Thought it was an aeroplane taking off. I woke up because of the rumbling noise. Almost like vibrating.
Mowbray / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : It was a rumbling sound- and physical experience. I could feel the vibration from my second floor apartment.
Langa / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating : It was exactly 12:28am and I was exercising at home when I heard this strange grindind sound,in the same moment floor was shaking and the windows were vibrating. I yelled and ran down the passage to straight to the bedroom to check on Gogo and the kids. I found them awake with eyes popping and frightened. They youngest one was screaming: " THE BED IS SHAKING, WHAT'S HAPPENING?" I ran back ou the front door to check the atmosphere outside. It was silent and not even a single dog backing on the st
Brackenfell oakglen / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : It was somewhat peculiar I felt the trembling whilst sleeping in my bed around 00:30 jus after 12 midnight. Immediately messaged a close friend that time but got no response because probably they were asleep
Lansdowne Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : I heard a noise like a heavy vehicle passing by at about 1:30am. I was wide awake watching tv. While the sound was passing a mirror on the wall size 2m x 1.5m shook. I thought it was going to come off the wall. My DSTV decoder wet off. I thought someone was trying to break in but there was no signs of it. I was unaware of what happened and only discovered it was an earthquake when listened to the news the following morning.
195 Coronation Rd Maitland, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Only after I felt the shake I noticed the rumbling sound wasn't a truck but actually the rumble of the tremor passing. It is actually a lot more frightening than I would have imagined it to be. Too feel the power of mother nature.
Bergvliet, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Wshaking enough to recognize that it was an earth tremor. Distant rumbling that felt like it came from the north.
Goodwood / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heard what sounded like an explosion and then felt the house rattle for 5 seconds after the sound. Woke me up.
Sun Valley / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : I was asleep upstairs and thought I had dreamed the shaking. Until I heard on the news about the earthquake. Was just a shudder through me.
Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : I was lying in bed and experienced slight shaking, lasted briefly, I was unsure that it was a tremor.
Bridgetown / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Woke up and felt my bed shaking . I thought i was dreaming. Then i grabbed my daugheter and held her. The dogs were barking none stop outside
Strandfontein Village, mitchells plain / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Windows and doors vibrating. Felt the vibration through the bed. Also heard a boom just before I felt it (might just be coincidence)
Rylands, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was about to fall asleep and felt the vibration from beneath the floor, the bed and window. It did not last long
Cape Town, Bellville De La Haye / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heated a buzzing sound, like a truck approaching and felt a wave of some kind. Not sure what. My husband jumped out of bed becaus of it and he was sound asleep at the time. Usually nothing wakes him. My daughter's bed shook and she heard the sound too. Only lasted 10 seconds. 6 people, our entire household heard it, but only 4 felt it, as the rooms are on opposite sides of the house.
Cape Town Phoenix Milnerton / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I felt something vibrating in my bad, I couldn’t sleep after that I woke up my sister to ask if she heard it.
Cape Town / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It was about 23:00 when I was in bed and actually was sleeping already and a loud noise wake me up my bedroom windows was vibrating and that wake me up and i couldn't think what it could be, so the next morning everyone in our neighbourhood felt it and had same experience.
Stemmet road, Penlyn Estate, Cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Sounded like a truck about to drive into the bedroom wall, started off with the sound and the vibration together and progressively got louder until it subsided as if a truck had driven passed the window. The rattling was quite intense. Don't know if it's the shock or if u did feel like I was a bit warmer whike experiencing this
Gardens, cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I heard a trembling sound, not so loud as the previous one. Then I felt my bed moving and I was moving with my bed, O thought I was going to fall. But nothing broken I immediately know it was another earthquake and went straight into the internet. May God bless cape Town and keep us safe.
Simon' Town, Western Cape. / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : Light vibration and heard a rumbling noise like that of a heavy steel sliding door opening (eg. Aircraft hangar door) while lying in bed in the upstairs room (1st floor).
D’Urbanvale, Durbanville / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : I dozed off in our lounge, TV on softly. A sound woke me up, heard a low rumbling sound and felt a vibration / tremor move through the house like a wave / ripple. My husband and my son were asleep in the bedrooms. I spoke to both of them afterwards, both were not aware of what happened. I checked online for reports, nothing was showing on this website yet, fell asleep again after about half an hour. I appreciate all the reports found on here this morning!
119 Dummer Str / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : A definitive disturbance from quiet and tranquil evening to the doors shaking and rattling as if someone pulled forcefully.
Parkwood cape town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : I was in the kitchen thought it was a big truck passing but then the little bottles on my window sill started to rattle.. Was scary
Manenberg Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I was in bed and felt the wall behind my bed shaking same time the fridge in the kitchen at first I though what is this than reality kicks in...a few seconds. I though no it was my imagination.
Fish Hoek/ Clovelly / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I heard a sort of rumble, thought it was a truck or motorbike revving also slight movement. It woke me up so thought the movement was my imagination.
Grassy Park, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : I was lying in bed dozing and felt the wall vibrate and a sound as if a lorry was passing by the window, just longer than a lorry just driving by and the shaking was a bit more intense.
Tamboerskloof, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sounded like a big truck moving and getting closer and closer (sound became louder as it was approaching). Then actually felt the tremors and then it just moved on and sound becoming softer very quickly.
Brackenfell / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s : A loud Thunder /fluttering sound. With light shaking. At approximately 00:00.lt felt bigger than the previous tremors this year.
Cape Town, Rondebosch East / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Rolling sound from north / north west direction getting closer and closer, then vibration for a few seconds. And then sound moving away in opposite direction from which it came.
22 sunbird circe, Kommetjie / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sometime before 00h30 I felt the house start to shake my first instinct was that a very large truck had just driven by. Then the walls, windows and the stool I was sitting on started to shake to the point of moving. I have never experienced this so I ran outside wondering if this was the aftershock of a large explosion and to listen if there were any dogs were barking but it was silent and there was no mushroom cloud.
Parklands / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was sitting on the couch when I felt the tremors. I thought it was my fat friend falls off the bed. Then I remembered he wasn’t home yet.
Woodlands.. Mitchell's Plain / Weak shaking (MMI III) : I felt the bed slightly moving. I grabbed onto my husband and said.. Did u feel that.. He said it was the wind..
Kraaifontein / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : Felt lije one of these huge trucks using airbrakes to downgear ... Windows rattled even in my bed could feel rattle was scary though immedietly wondered what's going on almost like huge explosion I felt time I was in Dingle/Katu close to mines some years back when I visited there.
Langa Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 20-30 s : I felt the earthquake around 3am to 4am.my phone was in cheage on top of thtev couch but It fell down the plastic chairs in the house were moved from their place
Rosebank, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : It was noticible,like one like or stream, coming from the coastal side, very fast, shaking tue building and ground then disappeared
goodwood/richmond estate / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : I was busy on my laptop around 12:28 laying next to my wife when I heard a loud noise like a deep deep sound effect, only then a few seconds(3-4seconds) after the noise i felt that weak vibration. by then i told myself that a quake and then i woke my wife
Tokai / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Could hear in distance. Initially thought thunder. Then I thought helicopter over head until the rumbling included the house shaking.
Pelican Park, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : I was wakened by the shaking. I felt this once before when I was a child, and I just knew it was an earthquake. I was a bit surprised, but a few seconds later it stopped and I went back to sleep. Not sure of the time though.
Melkbosstrand / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I thought I was imagining myself - I had just gone to when my whole bed started to vibrate and rattle.
Ridgeworth Bellville / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : It was a long tremour, similar sound to when a plane flies low over your house but longer. No shaking.
Malmesbury / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It felt like a train coming, i just heard something strange and was wide awake, then like a train who is driving outside and felt the noise of the earthquake and little shaking.
Cape town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short : It was just rumbling with vibrations for a short while . Like something heavy that fell to the ground.
Strandfontein / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : Strandfontein, I heard a loud sound rumbling sounds like a plane flying very low and then a strong vibration. This happened just after 00:00 this morning about 00:20
Tygervalley Area, Bellvilee / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s : I was awake at the time of the quake, and felt the tremor. It was relatively short in duration and yes, at first I thought that it may be a very big truck. But due to the area where my house is situated, I knew that it was not likely to be a truck. Mucg shorter in duration than the last tow quakes that was felt in this area. about 2 months ago.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heard a deep rumbling sound and almost felt it moving towards my house. It first we thought it was a truck or thunder.
Oranjezicht, Citi of Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake : Woke us after midnight and we both exclaimed: what was that! ‘Definitely a tremor from an earthquake’. Sat up for a while ‘just in case’. We felt pretty safe as we’re high up on the slopes of Table Mountain overlooking the city.
Hout Bay / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Earthquake felt whilst in bed as a definite tremor and lasting only a short while. Estimate 20-30 seconds but clearly felt.
Plumstead, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 2-5 s : Tremor passed through house in an approximately west to east direction which is strange as the epicentre is reported near Saldanha.
Newlands, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : Felt like the couch I was on was being lifted slightly and moved. It did not actually move position. Sound like metallic scraping.
Simonstown / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Rumbling sound and definite movement of earth. Was awake at the time just prior to earth tremor. No mistake that it was anything other.
Edgemead, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating : I heard a roaring sound and felt a weak shaking as I was lying in bed. It woke me up as I was not in a deep sleep yet
Du Noon Cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Was watching tv and i saw my tv shacking on the wall and saw the wster in my fish tank moved and i heard a loud rumble and floor shaking
Fish Hoek, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short : Similar to heavy truck passing but with very fast vibration. Heard rumbling/growling noise. Only lasted a couple of seconds.
Pinelands cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : I was sleeping. I felt a strange sensation and a noise. I thought... is this an earthquake. I looked at the time. It was 12.28 on my phone. In the morning I googled and saw there had been am earthquake at that time even though it was not on the main news
Milnerton joe slovo Capetown / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It started to shake windows then we thought it's caused by the wind then in few seconds our place started to shake also
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Light sleeper so I thought something happened in my garages with the cars. Jump up to check if there is no break in.
Bergvliet / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I woke up to a low grumbling sound like an aeroplane was flying low overhead. The items on my sidetable were rattling against each other. I had goosebumps. Checked my phone and saw a report of a tremor.
Pinelands, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I am in Pinelands, Cape Town. I felt a slight tremor at 12:27am in the early hours of the morning. No structural damage.
Cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Traumatic. I have never experienced anything like it. I was asleep and a deafening vibration sound made my ears feel blocked. My head was against my wooden headboard which was vibrating (as a result of my bedroom wall vibrating ). The vibration then moved under the ground like a wave . I was afraid to go back to sleep because the sound of it traumatized me and I was afraid of an after shock.
Pinelands, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I thought it was thunder. Sounded like a heavy truck passing. My windows were rattling and en-suite bathroom door opened.
Atlantis / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / very short : I was standing in my door when I felt it, it feels as if a aeroplane flew right over my roof from the eastern side. The animals were very scared
Cape Town, Parow civic center / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s : Never experienced an earthquake before, so when it hit I felt as if someone jumped into my bed and started shaking my bed (at least that's how it felt). That a very scariest moment of my life, it was midnight hey!!
Noordhoek, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Woke up from what sounded like thunder, but different, could hear it coming then rolled through under us... Heart pounding
Cape Town, Bergvliet / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was woken up by my bed shaking and the whole room seemingly vibrating.... never experienced that before so knew it must be an earth tremor
Athlone I was awoken around 00.28 by The tremor an / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 1-2 s : I awoke by the Tremor and a rumbling sound by around 00.28 on my fone's clock. It never lasted long, so I thought that it was a dream, but realised it was definitely a fairly strong shaking, because my bed shook, and that's what ultimately awoke me before I heard the rumbling sound.
Parklands Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I just got in bed about to sleep and a loud thunder sound happened. My bed started shaking and the bottle on my table which had water in was shaking. As I rushed for the door the door and keys where rattling
Saint Helena Bay / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : Heard a strange fairly loud rumbling sound as if a helicopter or large sea vessel was passing very close to the house. Looked outside but couldn't see the source (now of course I realise why!)
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : Heard loud hum for about 3 sec immediately followed by loud bang. Then loud humming again for 15 - 20 seconds
Sea Point, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : I was sleeping, it was 27 minutes past midnight here. I woke up, and felt my bed shake, heard the doors vibrate. I knew it was an earthquake but after thought it may have been a truck or a loud motorcyle. Very unusual, I don't think I've ever experienced an earthquake in Cape Town before and I'm mid 30s.
Brackenfell 6t / not felt / 1-2 s : I heard the rumbling and I knew it sounded strange and it dragged a bit. And I thought it was a earth quake since we have no mines here that need to be detonated.
Wetton - Southern suburbs / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : I'm a light sleeper, it woke me up. But I thought it was a dream,until my sister told me her friend said it was a quake
Pinelands, cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Wow that was insane, was watching a movie and then started to hear a loud rumbling noise that got louder closer and then the house started shaking, windows, doors and then my bed and mattress even shook!! It seemed to go on for about 5 or more seconds then the shaking eased and the noise continued for a little longer. I immediately started googling for info as I knew this was definitely not just something I experienced and very quickly there were reports all over the internet... and you guys res
Kuilsriver / Light shaking (MMI IV) : We woke up from the tremor and knew immediately that it was an earthquake. Our bed moved/ jolted because the ground beneath it moved. We think this earthquake was bigger than the previous one because did not feel the previous earthquake. The previous one sounded like thunder.
Western Cape college of nursing. Klipfontein rd ca / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was just laying down on my bed when I disc koi ivered that that the ground and my bed was shaking, there was a loud noise like that of the helicopter may be this lasted for 10 seconds not sure as I was gripped with fear. This happened at my nursing college resident in heideveld
Simon's Town Glencairn Heights / Light shaking (MMI IV) : There was a sound like a large airline plane flying over our house and then the light shaking started and lasted for less than minute.The time was about 23h55.
76 Sir Lowry Road, zonnebloem, cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : felt like my building was going to collapse, floor felt like it was moving side to side underneath me - slow movement, not vigorous
Sunset Beach, / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : This woke me up, as I’ve never experienced an earthquake before not quite sure if it was a MM11 or MM11. Checked the time 00.27.
Melkbosstrand cape town western cape. / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : My flat shook and the windows rattled. Felt like rolling thunder and lasted a fes seconds. Was strong and loud enough to wake me up from a deep sleep.
Plattekloof, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : I heard a loud rumbling noise and felt the bed shaking at 00:30 last night. It woke me and after realising what it was, I checked the time.
Milnerton Ridge 7441 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It felt like there was a wave underneath the bed. I am a light sleeper so my bed felt like it was moving.
Brackenfell Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : It felt like the temors were travelling from the northwest and past under the house in a south east direction.
Tamboerskloof / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Woken up from sleep. Deep rumbling sound like a very low incoming plane, and felt deep tremor. Couldn't observe much because it was dark. We're not used to them here, so probably not much to what others experience elsewhere, but still scary!
Lentegeur, Mitchells Plain / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Scariest feel I have ever encountered. I was asleep but I just remembered hearing my windows rattle as my bed is next to it. And I just felt the bed shake a bit, but I remember hearing the sound of water.. Loud water, I started praying that it wasn't a tsunami.
Durbanville, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Sounded like rolling thunder and then the windows rattled. Was in bed and didn't feel it. Husband was in kitchen and he felt it through the floor
Brackenfell / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I first though it is thunder, but then my windows start shaking and I release that it was earthquake.
Constantia / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Felt much stronger than the one experienced 3 months ago. Like a wave coming through. House shook anf creaked. Alarms went off
Cape town , Bellville / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / very short : It was a weird sound like a lot of people was running it sounded like that. At first I did not know what it was until i opened my social media apps and got frightened.
Plumstead, Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe : Our block of flats + windows shook I thought it was a huge truck going by or a weak explosion I looked out saw nothing + wondered what it was
Durbanville / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : It was about 00h30, the shake, rattle and tremor woke me up out of a deep sleep, I felt it laying in bed. 1-2 continues seconds.
Cape Town, Mitchell's Plain, Portland, Missouri St / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : It was heard more than it was felt. Laying in bed with headphones on and I could hear it, the sound of heavy, deep pressure in the air, kind of like the air got wavey for a few seconds so naturally I thought I was tripping out until I saw people messaging, "did you just feel that tremor?".
Melkbosstrand / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was in bed,still awake,in Melkbosstrand,and heard a rumbling sound coming on like a large aeroplane flying very low over the house and after a few seconds it was gone again
27a Bergvliet Rd / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : I woke up to the growling sound, then felt the shaking I thought I was dreaming it felt like I was in a muscle car, with the growling and shaking of the engine! it took me a few seconds to realize that I was awake and it was real
Newlands / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I woke up at midnight due to the chandelier and window vibrating. Strong vibrations through the floor. I new this was something I haven’t experienced before.
Penlyn Estate, Lansdowne, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : I felt it as a deep earth rumble, that started low and grew with intensity, almost like a wave crashing and then receding.
Melkbosstrand / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I thought I was imagining myself - I had just gone to when my whole bed started to vibrate and rattle.
Somerset West / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : My husband and I both Woke up feeling a light shake, was very confused and googled this morning and saw there was a earthquake.
BRACKENFELL - EVERITE / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Definitely woke mw from my sleep. Windows were rattling and you could feel a vibration under your feet
152 Highway, Fish Hoek / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : At first rumble sounded like a truck driving towards us. Then we felt the shake, and the house making a few creaks.
Kuilsriver / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Was asleep for 1 hour when I was woken by a rumbling noise followed by considerable vibrations, sufficiently strong to wake my wife who immediately asked if that was an earthquake
Mowbray, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : While lying on my bed I felt my room shaking and heard my windows rattling. I wondered if it was enough for any walls to fall down but evidently not.
Paarl Gardenstreet / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : It was an experience of a lifetime although it was a small one this is one for the history now i can say i felt one.
Cape Town Wetton / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : It woke us up the trembling of the staircase. Was very short but it was a crazy experience, my first one ever.
Atlantis / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It sounded as a train. My bed was shacking and our build in boards was making a sound like it is moving. I thought somebody drove in our Venice. But the impact felt very hard. It was so weird to experience it because it was for longer time. It the most scary feeling ever. I just started to pray.
Yzerfontein / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Sounded like an explosion... then a rumbling noise. Tremour could be felt for approximately 10 seconds
Kenilworth cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / very short : I experienced a trembling sensation and heard a window rattling . It was brief and a very still night .. no wind which confused me ,
Mitchell's Plain, Tafelsig / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s : It sounded similar to an aeroplane flying over but on a far end and also very deep. Was weird but because aeroplanes normally fly over mitchells plane it didnt alarm me immediately.
Ottery / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Woke up to a weird sound and slight shake around midnight . I was confused. Thought a car was speeding pass and music was playing but it was like a muffled sound. But i could tell by the shake that it mustve been a tremor
Parklands / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : The quake woke me at 00:27 on 17 Nov 2020. It lasted for about 10 to 15 seconds and i can describe it as a mild rumble. Having experienced 2 quakes recently i was sure this was another one and very aware of it.
Cape Town, Northern Suburbs , Brackenfell. / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / rattling, vibrating / very short : My daughter felt it she was still studying as she is preparing to write Matric Exam. She screamed and she was so frightened, she explained that there is something shaking the roof.
  • Heard a loud rumbling then the roof and ground shook.
Hout Bay Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Reminded me of when I lived in Bali but this was waaay milder but my whole room, bed, items on my desk shook me awake. I live in an apartment block on the second floor.
Noordhoek / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Tremor woke me up before I felt it move through my house coming from the NW direction. Lasting about 3/4 seconds
Mowbray Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was woken by the movement initially thinking it was thunder but then realizing it must have been an earthquake.
Blouburgstrand Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Was looking at the time and it was 29 minutes past midnight. Sounded like a heavy machine starting up and then the vibration
Higgovale Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : We’ve been awakened by it last night in bed with my husband. Weak shaking but enough to both be awaken. Our lounge cupboard shaked and make noise
Milnerton, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I live on the West Coast in Milnerton and that little shake was definitely felt. Of course, it was nearly as hectic as 27 September but it looks like we'll need to get used to this.
Maitland, Cape Town South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was woken up from my sleep at 12.31am because i Heard a noise almost a bit like drilling or a heavy truck outside then felt a tremor inside and widows shook loudly. I live in Maitland. It was a scary experience
Observatory cape town / not felt / rattling, vibrating / very short : I was sleeping but woke up with a fright and could remember feeling a big vibration and hearing a bit of a rumble but by the time I sat up it was over already
Atlantis / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Uhmmm... i felt the ground shake nd the roof of my house shake aswell. I first thought it was a plane flying low... but then friends of mine around cape town told me they also felt it
Plattekloof / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I reside in Plattekloof, and was laying in my bed when I heard a rumbling sound and my bed/house shook
Benbow road, Athlone / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : Someone compared the sound of a low rumbling motorbike. It did a little bit, but more of a low deep growling-rumbling but from something else, unknown, not animal or man made. My heart started to race although I was was laying down. The sound unusual and scary . Along with the long tremor and slight jolt at the end. I cant say I have heard or felt traffic like this before or anything like it. This was different. Immediately makes one look at life in a whole new way.
South Point The orchards, Belhar 8, Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 10-15 s : So we were chilling me and my roomza with our phones inside our beds when we suddenly heard and felt the vibrations. I ran to switch on the lights in our room to see what was shaking the room. On my way there, roomza and I were screaming lol, and she was still on her bed with no intention to run, my legs were already on flight mode. Tried opening our locked room door to try and run out of the shaking room and we finally went out to find that it was only 3 girls in my corridor that had heard the
Western Cape. Cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : It was a very scary feeling.and wen i stood upp my body was shacking.its lyk there was something moving forcefully under the ground.and at tht moment i was on 3rd floor
I'm in Sandhurst, Elsies River, Cape Town... I fel / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I felt the quake and it sounded like a big bolder rolling past our house in the street. As the noise and rumbling fading away...Scary but Awesome!
Slanghoek / not felt : I live in Slanghoek inbetween Paarl and Worcester. I suddenly woke around the time it happened and checked my phone, but did not physically feel the tremor.
Cape Town, Hideveld / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I was working at the time, when things start shaking in the office,the door suddenly opened, i could feel a slight vibration under me while sitting in the chair.I AT first thought that its just the air conditioner or wind blowing through the vents. not quite sure what it was until my colleague asked if i felt it. I then realized that i was not mistaken. for the first time in 48 years i experienced a earth quick.
15 MJ Sinclair Crescent Panorama / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s : Ok so I was on my bed just chilling and I could feel my bed shaking thought it was a giagantic car driving past the highway at first but I knew it couldn't be that. It was a very scary shake quite a strong one accually.
Langebaan / not felt : Heard a weezy sound like sound vibrations and rumbling but no shaking at about 12:30am after midnight
Retreat, Cape Town / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : At 00:28, I heard a sudden vibration. It sounded like a heavy truck passing by , lasting about 20 seconds. It made my ears start ringing and then stopped.
Cape Town Southern suburbs Mowbray / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short : First time experiencing such.Very disappointed...expected much more.Huge rumble prior to it,like a heavy plane taking off
atlantis , westcoast cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : was busy texting - heard a rumbing noise and felt the weak shaking it , and move outside immediately :O
Kensington, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I was in bed watching TV when I felt a sudden strong movement in the ground which lasted a few seconds. I immediately knew it was an earthquake or tremor. No items in my immediate space moved and there were no dogs barking either only the windows rattled a bit and it was over as quickly as it had begun.
Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I just got into bed and 10 minutes later I heard this grumbling noise getting louder. I thought it was a big truck going past my house maybe but then the windows started rattling and the walls & bed started vibrating too. It was very scary as I haven't experienced anything like that before. After it happened, I saw so many peoples statuses on WhatsApp saying that they heard and felt the exact same thing I had all over Cape Town.
Athlone, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I just got into bed and 10 minutes later I heard this grumbling noise getting louder. I thought it was a big truck going past my house maybe but then the windows started rattling and the walls & bed started vibrating too. It was very scary as I haven't experienced anything like that before. After it happened, I saw so many peoples statuses on WhatsApp saying that they heard and felt the exact same thing I had all over Cape Town.
Cape town, Delft / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : It came as a vibrating sound and the windows rattled,the sound came from afar and upclose and went further as a Taxi with base vibration driving by your house, that makes everything vibrate , it had that effect.
3 Kaneel Crescent, Die Boord, Stellenbosch / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I first hear the rumbling noise. It was very nearby. My desk in the study and the computer screen were shaking. I was working bare feet and could feel the floor of the study trembling as well.
Cape Town, Diep River / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 10-15 s : I wasasllep, and awakened by a tenout that lasted at least 10 seconds. The building was shaking to and fro.
Heideveld cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : I was not sure what i was feeling ... i actually thought it was one of my sons kicking against the side of the wendy house in his room ... it was more like a shiver ... my other thought was it could be trucks and busses ranking up outside but honestly didnt know what to think
Rondebosch / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Quite scary. I was sitting in the office and suddenly a rumble sound then the chair was shaking. I first thought I was a Jet flying low but then the staff started phoning the office to find out if I also felt it. Because I thought it could be a earthquake, I just asked the staff to stay calm until more concrete evidence was available
Grassy Park, Cape / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was trying to fall asleep with white noise, when i felt the room shake/ bed move and the cracking sound of the house, I assumed it was my imagination and that it were probably just the cats misbehaving on the roof or even thunder, although my cat was also alarmed. And then i received the ongoing msgs of what actually happened.
Saldanha / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : Didn't not really feel anything,but definitely herd something. Thought the navy was busy with bomb practice
Klipheuwel Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Very scary feeling. Everything shaking including floor and my bed. Windows rattling and loud rumbling noise
Sea Point Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Light sleeper, I felt the centre of my being vibrating and then realized the whole building was vibrating. A loud hum that sounded like something I felt in an earthquake before. Rumbling. Scary af. My dog was standing on the bed.
25 Aurora street elsiesriver Salberau Cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : My experience of this earthquake felt surprisingly I never felt something like this before it also felt scary for that moment
Maitland, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Truly an unsettling feeling. Felt like a nearby truck but the rumbling just continued and the house shook immensely
Cape Town, Claremont / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : I was laying in my bed at 12:21 and a couple of minutes later at 12:27 I felt a slight shake in my bed and I thought it was my sister turning in her sleep but then I saw my friends post on their statuses about trembling and hearing rumbling almost like thunder but it was in a distance and it lasted about 2-5 seconds .
13 MOLENVLIET ROAD, MOWBRAY. CAPE TOWN.7700 WESTER / Light shaking (MMI IV) : A VERY LOUD RUMBLING NOISE APPROACHED AND THEN WHEN IT HIT THE HOUSE.THEN THE LIGHT SHAKING AND CREAKING NOISES. I WAS AWAKE AND SITTING AT MY LAPTOP REMAINED CALM. THEIR WAS NO MORE AFTERWARDS.
Brooklyn, Capetown / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : I was awake and my back was leaned against the wall i felt it, it was strong vibration and my lower back is slightly strained. It was scary though.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heard a deep rumbling sound and almost felt it moving towards my house. It first we thought it was a truck or thunder.
Velddrif / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : Loud rumbling, noticed stuff on the walls shaking. Happened so fast 4-5 seconds but felt like forever. 00:30. Terrifying.
Mitchell's Plain / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Was sitting in the living room watching a movie with my sister and heard this loud sound last for a few minutes and thought it was a car, seeing that we have mechanics living opposite us, so I just assumed it was the mechanics busy with their cars. And then a few seconds later the sound became louder and felt vibration that lasted about 5-10 seconds. Which was scary
Hanover park cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 20-30 s : I felt a strong vibration I thought it was a truck then my cupboards started shaking and I thought it's a tsunami happening the force was strong I was scared felt like everything around me was moving.
Wellington / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was laying in my bed when I suddenly felt something jumping out of roof on my bed. I switched on the light to see if the roof is fine. I then went outside to go look who's on the roof running. But saw no one. I then realized what it was a earthquake.
OCEAN VIEW / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I felt scared cause I could feel that my body was also shaking it was a bit scary, first time feeling it in Cape town
Bloubergstrand in Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : I woke up and then immediately hear the tremble. It was very loud and then the shaking started. The shaking was light but the tremble very loud.
Fish Hoek, Western Cape / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : I was almost asleep in bed and was woken thinking an enormous vehicle was passing by. It went on long enough for me to realize that is was an earth tremor, not a vehicle. My dog and cats did not react at all.
Ottery Cape Town South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : It sounded like an airplane flying really low over our home and my dog's started barking just before they heard it. Startled me a bit but everything is OK now
Melkbosstrand / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Heard a loud rumbling and then shaking of the house and shaking in bed. Lasted approximately 10-12 seconds.
Rouwkoop road, Rondebosch / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Strange rumbling sound, house vibrated like a big truck had driven right outside, dog started barking
Constantia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I heard a loud noise, like a plane taking off, and then proceeded to feel my bed and the walls shake for a bit. After that, I didn’t feel anything else
Southern suburbs , fairways / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating : It sounded like a helicopter flew right above my roof very very light vibrations rattled the car windows abit
Thornton / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s : First earthquake experience.. Thought I was hallucinating for a moment, but my cat looked shocked too. Immediately Googled and found nothing. Thank goodness it is confirmed now.
Cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : I was up and not being abke to sleep and out of now where there was this rumble that went on for about 7 seconds, and this rumble was like a hard rumble like harde enough to move me,
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was laying in bed and the next moment I heard the sound of a coal train passing but it lasted for long, until I felt the ground shake beneath me and the windows shook as well.
Ocean View, Kommetjie Area / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : I was just about to doze off...heard a loud rumbling sound which made me wide awake...my daughter questioned "what was that" and if I also felt a shake...I acknowledged and said it was something because one could hear the multiple barking of panicking dogs...
Lotus River, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Sounded like a tractor or drilling in the ground. Then my bed started shaking. It was over in a flash.
Constantia / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I got into bed just after 12 am and heard a rumbling sound followed by the tremor. I felt my bedroom wall move a bit. Scary stuff I tell ya!
Cape Town republic of Hout Bay / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I was laying in bed watching a serious and it literally felt like someone shook my bed and 10 seconds before I felt the shake( aftershock) the wind Suddenly stops and like a rolling thundery noise then I felt the shake
Jacobsbaai / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 15-20 s : Approached from the East.Sounded like a heavy vehicle.Sound passed underneath the house in which I am.Very wesk shaking.No rattling of windows or glass objects.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard it before I felt it. I was the only one awake in my house and I heard a low rumbling. I suddenly started to get a really bad feeling but I kept telling myself it was a car starting up. Then my bed started to shake and it stopped a few seconds later. I am now unable to sleep.
Table View area / not felt : I woke up hearing a rumble from direction melkbos / malmesbury and my dog barking. Did not feel any shaking but was in bed and half asleep. I assumed it might be an earthquake given the experience in September.
Wetton, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Low rumbling grew to very loud rumbling, as if airplane was passing over very low. Windows and trellidors rattled.about 10 seconds
Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was sitting on my bed and my legs started shaking, all the objects in my room were shaking as well. It woke up most of my friends and family in the household.
Kewtown, Athlone, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : I first heard a loud noise, and then I felt a light shaking while I was laying on my bed, while watching TV. I'm still in shock because this is the first time that I experience something like this.
Claremont / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Sounded like a freight train passing through. House shook. I was in bed and the shaking of the bed was very noticeable.
Strandfontein Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Thought it Was a truck but then I realized I'm not close to the high way... My birds was performing and I was standing on the belcony at that time and heard all the dogs barking I was afraid
Southfield, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I hears a low rumble, then everything in the house shook for 3-5 seconds. The rumble continued for about 3 seconds after the shaking.
Constansia / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Was up breastfeeding and heard a rumbling and then the house shook for a few seconds. Nearly poeped myself!
144 fourth avenue grassy park / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : I live upstairs and everything was rattling, at first I thought it was a loud taxi or helicopter but heard no music or anything else. Then I saw things rattling , and felt the floor vibrating. It was harder than the magnitude reported for sure.
Kuils river / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Was a loud rumbling and rattling and my house made a screeching sound....lasted longer than previous tremor as sound started fading away from a loud rumble
Mitchell's Plain / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Heard it and felt it. Thought it was a aeroplane flying very low. Doors and everything in our house was vibrating
Kaapzitch Panorama Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I had just woken up in the middle of the night and was trying to fall asleep when the rumbling and what felt like a loud bang started. It didn't last very long. My roommate also felt it in the next room.
Simon's Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging : My husband and I were chatting when we both stopped and fell silent. We heard rumbling and what felt like a very strong gust of wind while my chair swayed back and forth.
Thornton, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It started with a rumbling, and after a few seconds the house started to shake with creaking coming from the rafters and other noises. The shaking only lasted maybe 3 seconds and the rumbling faded away a few seconds later.
Cape Town Bantry Bay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I heard a sound like thunder then my mirror rattled. It fel like I heard the sound coming and then heard rattle . I took a screen shot of the time on my phone 0:27
Durbanville / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : Had on headphones buzy producing Felt a super weird frequency as if a car with a loud engine just started outside Removed headphones 2-3 seconds shaking occoured from left to right for about 2-3 seconds and then stopped The weird frequency also faded out as a volume knob being turned down. Super scary
Grassy park Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard what sounded like a rumble noise, I could feel the vibrations. Our parrot bird was hysterical as well.
Lansdowne, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : First felt something like a wave that swept pass - very weird feeling. Then a sound almost like a truck passing by for about 15 seconds. A few things rattled lightly.
  • Got into bed just after 12 am and a few minutes later I heard a rumbling sound followed by the earth tremor. Felt my bedroom wall shake a bit.
Lansdowne, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : First felt the seismic wave - felt like it passed through my body - very weird feeling. Then a sound almost like a truck passing by for about 15 seconds. A few things rattled lightly.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I'm located on the 4th floor of a building less than 1km away from the beach. My chair shook and the windows rattled.
Surrey Estate, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : A soft, deep roar followed by what felr like being washed over by a gentle wave,only one made of air/energy rather than water
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : Since South Africa , Cape Town does not really experience earthquakes it is quite a scary thing to experience especially while you’re asleep , as I was.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 10-15 s : Long drawn out low rumbling gradually intensifying. culminated with some shaking, enough to rattle windows on one side, and rattle glasses in a cabinet
Plumstead cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Just sounded like a truck was in my yard but the floor and ground was vibrating and i heard a loud rumbling sound.
Parow / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : Was laying in bed heard tremor approaching then rattle of windows, cupboards. Bed vibrated and walls, celling made creeking sound.
Brackenfell, Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : I was laying in bed reading, when I heard what sounded like a very large truck taking a very long time to drive past. Our windows and doors began shaking, and there was a lot of movement in our ceiling too. Then I felt a force and my ear began aching.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : First I heard the h Entire house vibrating then the ground started to shake for briefly under 10s and then it all stopped
Green Point, Cape Town, South Africa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Woke up when feeeling vibration and hearing rumbling sound. Carried on for a bit and then reduced in intensity. Sounded like coming from across the bay in Cape Town from the Blouberg direction.
Paarden Eiland / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I just heard the shaking and rambling that woke me up from my deep sleep. It shaked for real, upto now I'm scared
Southern Suburbs / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s : I felt a long rumble that I thought was an aeroplane flying overhead. This continued for too long to be a passing commercial jet, so assumed it was some form of earthquake. Mainly noise like thunder and vibration.
Cape Town , City Bowl / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Awakened by what sounded like a truck driving past , loud rumbling followed by approx 10-15 seconds of trembling.
Sonstraal Heights, Durbanville, Cape Town, South A / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I heard the rumbling and felt the shaking while I was laying down in bed, with my earphones on and the fan on full speed. We are on the 2nd floor.
Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It was like an intense sudden rolling thunder noise that went under the house and made everything vibrate on its way through.
Kirstenhof, Cape Town (91.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Woke up to it. Wasn't sure what it was. Thought thunder or driveway gate opening, like a similar sounding deep rumbling. Then a couple seconds later my shower door rattled.
Brackenfell, Cape Town / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Heard it coming towards my location and thought it was thunder or something but from my previous experience with the other earthquake that happened a bit earlier in the year I knew it was an earthquake.
Plattekloof Glen Cape town / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was lying in bed when I heard a rumbling sound then the bed started shaking . Lasted a few seconds.
Bothasig / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Was sitting on a heavy 2 seater couch - it shook very distinctly. Dog reacted immediately and started barking
Durbanville / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Could feel tremore but almost felt as if I heard it before I felt it? | One user found this interesting.
Welgelegen, Parow, Western Cape / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : It only occurred at 00h27 in Agaat Close, Welgelegen, Parow, Western Cape which was 2 hours later? | One user found this interesting.
Kuilsriver. Cape Town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : It was very loud. | One user found this interesting.
Ottery East / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I felt it. | One user found this interesting.
Melkbosstrand / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 10-15 s : Heard loud rumbling almost imperceptible shaking. | One user found this interesting.
Brackenfell / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : It felt like there were 2 just 20 minutes apart | One user found this interesting.
Constantia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : Heard a huge rumble and the ground shook | One user found this interesting.
Rondebosch / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Unexpected. Heard a roaring from far away. | One user found this interesting.
Big Bay / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Woken up by shaking and noise | One user found this interesting.
Plumstead / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Bed shook, windows rattled. Movement woke me. Sounded like a massive truck was driving by. | One user found this interesting.
Kenilworth / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating : We woke up to the house shaking and a sound like a jet in the distant sky. | One user found this interesting.
  • We also live in Kenilworth. The tremor woke my husband from a deep sleep. I was standing in the kitchen (tiled floor) making tea - the hob buzzed in the strangest way, and I felt an extended tremor going through my body. Most disconcerting. Mild to moderate tremor.
Diep River, Cape Town / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : was barefoot at my desk when I felt a rumble and what sounded like a diesel engine for a short time. | One user found this interesting.
Cape town / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sounded like a truck drove past, but it was actual shudder | One user found this interesting.
Fish Hoek / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt pressure then heard shaking house | One user found this interesting.
Constantia, Cape Town / not felt / 2-5 s : Thought it was thunder, made windows rattle but ground didnt shake | One user found this interesting.
  • Constania, live in M3, thought it was a big truck passing but seemed to be more surround sound, it actually made me look out to see if I could hear anything more. I actually had a chuckle and said it feels like a tremor.We often have trucks pass on freeway which creates a similar effect but thought it was a bit late for trucks to be passing
Bothasig, Cape Town / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Windows rattling and a rumbling noise. | One user found this interesting.
Monte Vista, Cape Town, South Africa (80.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : It felt like a locomotive coming and a shake and then passed by
Rondebosch (81.3 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Wynberg (87.2 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Kuilsriver (95.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Loud noise as well
Kuilsriver (95.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Loud noise as well
Kuilsriver (95.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Loud noise as well
Kraaifontein Capetown (471.9 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating : I felt it and I was very scared as it happened at night
Kommetjie (57.4 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
rondebosch (81.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
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Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Mag. 3.5 earthquake - 76 km northwest of Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa, on Monday, 16 November 2020 at 22:27 (GMT)
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  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 29 Sep 1969 20:03
    | 6.3 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    51 years ago
    |
    136km / 84mi
    | South Africa
  • 14 Apr 1970 19:08
    | 5.7 |
    10km / 6.2mi
    |
    51 years ago
    |
    145km / 90mi
    | South Africa
  • 26 Sep 2020 18:41
    | 2.9 |
    10km / 6.2mi
    |
    9 weeks ago
    |
    70km / 44mi
    | 15 Km SE of Atlantis, South Africa

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