A powerful earthquake occurred near the Bouvet Islands at 04:57 am this morning.
The Bouvet Islands are situated 2 263 km South West of Hermanus.
The earthquake occurred at a depth of 11 km and is not expected to have any influence on the South African coastline.
The Ceres earthquake of 1969 remains the most destructive earthquake in South African history.
The earthquake occurred on the 29 September 1969 in the Ceres/Tulbagh area and registered an alarming 6.3 on the Richter scale, stronger than that of the 1809 Cape Town earthquake which destroyed a local Milnerton Farm.