Cape Town tremors: Expert says Mother City could be in for big quake in future

Cape Town tremors: Expert says Mother City could be in for big quake in future

- Cape Town recently experienced tremors following an earthquake report by the US Geological Survey

- Experts now believe that the earthquake was only the start and the Mother City can expect another, bigger one

- According to their findings, the earthquake will cost Cape Town at least R10 billion

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Professor Andrzej Kijko, director at the University of Pretoria’s Natural Hazard Centre, believes that Cape Town could imminently experience yet another earthquake and this one is going to be big.

According to Kijko, the quake will cost the Mother City at least R10 billion. Although he can't say exactly when it will happen, he does believe the strength of the earthquake will rock Cape Town - literally.

He made the conclusions following recent seismic activity in the region of the city, which could be an indicator of rising tectonic stresses.

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Weather: Cape Town expected to have yet another, big earthquake
Aerial view of Cape Town. Photo credit: Getty Images.
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According to Business Insider, the Council for Geoscience (CGS) revealed that 80% of seismic events in Mzansi are because of mining activity.

However, while regions such as the North West and Northern Cape experience seismic events because of the above mentioned, the south-western Cape is a region that might experience some of the highest levels of tectonic-origin seismic activity.

Kijko was quoted by the publication saying:

“While we cannot say exactly when an earthquake will occur, what we can say is that once an earthquake happens in a particular area it will happen again at a similar magnitude... It’s only a question of when.”

Kijko added that he is more worried about Cape Town city itself rather than Koeberg - which was very built to withstand a very strong earthquake.

Cape Town recently experienced tremors following an earthquake report by the US Geological Survey. Many residents including Ward Counillor Angus McKenzie reported feeling tremors in their areas.

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A few people took to social media to ask others if they also felt the tremors in the Mother City

The weather in South Africa has been more severe this week, with heavy rains, thunder storms and strong winds reported across the country.

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Many Saffa tweeps are talking about the EFF's lack of awareness on subjects such as GBV and human trafficking. Other tweeps believe that the EFF is concerning themselves more with issues relating to foreign nationals in SA.

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