Southern Cape quake 'sounded like plane'

2011-05-16 09:11
George - Residents of the Southern Cape have told how a light earthquake, which shook the region at about 16:10 on Saturday, sounded like "a plane flying low".

The tremor was felt for at least five seconds in towns like Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, Sedgefield, George, Mossel Bay, Prince Albert and in the Langkloof, according to the website of the South African Weather and Disaster Information Service.

According to the US Geological Survey, the quake had a magnitude of 4.3 on the Richter Scale and a depth of 5km.

No damages or injuries were reported by Sunday.

More insight would be gained about the earthquake on Monday, said Dr Gerhard Graham, head of scientific services at the Council for Geoscience on Sunday.

Southern Cape residents told on Sunday how they experienced the tremor.

Rina de Swardt, wife of George councillor Flip de Swardt, said she initially thought it was a plane that flew low over their house, or was a heavy truck driving by.

According to Desmond Scholtz, a photographer from Sedgefield, the cupboard doors in his bedroom suddenly started vibrating.

Roelien Gerber, a resident of Knysna, said it sounded like someone walking on the wooden deck of their house, “just more intense”.

According to Gerhard Otto, Eden disaster manager, no damage was reported.

- An earthquake that measured 5 on the Richter scale, shook the earth about 10km under sea level 2 130km south of Port Elizabeth in January.

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