According to News24, the S.A Weather and Disaster Information Service and other sources, a “a light, but quite noticeable tremor” took place at approximately 16:15 on Saturday 14 May. It was felt all the way from the George in the west to beyond Plettenberg Bay in the east, and as far inland as the Langkloof and Little Karoo.
People from the suburb we live in said they also felt it. I am somewhat disappointed as I seem to be one of the few people who didn’t (not a huge surprise, I suppose, as I’ve slept through a 6.3 magnitude earthquake before!). Neither did Willie, who was at the time travelling in his car. Although people in the area reported their pets getting visibly restless and upset just before and during the tremor, our dog and cat continued their afternoon nap without flinching, and woke up about an hour later demanding their dinner. Quite frankly, our house and windows shake more noticeably when there is a thunderstorm in the mountains close to us.
While the event itself obviously never made much of an impact on me, I am concerned about why it would have happened in the first place. I’ve always thought of the Southern Cape as being geologically fairly stable. If anyone does know, please leave a comment.