6.9 magnitude earthquake off African coast

A powerful earthquake occurred near the Bouvet Islands at 04:57 am this morning.

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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.

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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.