Tremor – KZN-Durban-South Coast-Lesotho – 31 October 2019


Durban, South Coast and Lesotho residents report having experienced a tremor which some say lasted for 15 seconds at about 1.20pm this afternoon.    Reports on social media are flooding in with calls also being made to the Courier questioning exactly what the ‘shake’ was.    According to information being circulated online, the tremor was felt as far afield as Harding and Port Shepstone in the Ugu District of KwaZulu-Natal.   According to the United States Geological Survey, a 4.3 magnitude ‘earthquake’ struck 44km North West of Port Shepstone and affected both Lesotho and South Africa.


Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2019-10-31 11:19:24

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.


Port Shepstone, South Africa Oct 31 11:19 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Scottburgh – Moderate shaking
  • Port Shepstone – Moderate shaking
  • amanzimtoti – 5 seconds. tables and floor movement
  • Amanzimtoti – it lasted for about 3 seconds and it was gone
  • Westville – Approximatley a second, the building lightly shook.
  • Queensburgh, Durban – Busy studying. Table and doors started rattling
  • Port Shepstone – Shook quite firmly, furniture shaking for about 8-10 seconds. No damage. Feeling like a 40 ton 22 wheel truck going past right outside the door.
  • Pinetown – Sounded like a MAC truck coming through. Building shook for a few seconds. Its one of the strongest I have felt in this area in the past 20 years
  • Durban – I have been in bed with a migraine and the windows rattled and even the ground under my bed trembled – but I didn’t understand it because there was no crashing sound like an accident nearby or walls collapsing or something – it was a deep feeling!
  • Durban – Weak shaking
  • Shelly Beach – Felt like a freight train running through town. Lasted for abour 10 seconds.
  • Port Shepstone – +/-20 seconds of tremor, items on wall rattling and ground vibrating. No damage
  • Bazley Beach – I think it lasted about 5-10 seconds. Felt the ground tremors beneath my feet and whole house shook.
  • Port – Very weak shaking
  • Port Shepstone – No damage to any property. Moderate shaking of ground lasted around 8 seconds, but low level shaking of crockery in cupboards continued for approximately a further 8 seconds (or more)
  • Durban – Light shaking
  • Shelly Beach – 3seconds of mild shaking and a loud sound
  • Umtentweni – Extremely unusual experience that lasted about 10 sec. No visible damage.
  • Port Shepstone – I was sitting on my chair and the whole building started vibrating like a big truck was passing over the roof, only lasted about 4 seconds
  • Durban – Was in bed when shddenly i felt the house and bed shake. Sound was loud though, Lasted about 3 seconds.
  • Izingolweni – It felt like a big bang, like a head on collision of two trucks, then the roofs echoed with the rambling scary sound for +- 3sec. Quite scary though.

Moderate earthquake – Port Shepstone, South Africa – October 31, 2019



The sound below is an auditory display of seismic activity that is broadcasted from data captured from global earthquake data.   Heard as a ‘bang’, the sound represents a sudden earth-crust fallout or crash (sudden unexpected shift) with a gradual, steady decrease to quiet – as opposed to a crunching, grating sound heard when tectonic plate edges meet.


According to the website the tremor was in fact caused by a 4.3 magnitude quake which occurred in Port Shepstone.   Chairman of the South Coast Geological Society, Paddy Norman, said he had not heard of any damage caused by the tremor.   According to Mr Norman, this was probably the tail end of a larger quake elsewhere in the world.     “The last proper earthquake experienced in Port Shepstone was on July 26, 1991 at 12.42pm, and occurred five kilometres below the surface,” he said.  Internationally, reports have been received that at least five people were killed today when a powerful earthquake, measuring magnitude 6.5,  struck the Philippines.

Louis Nel on Twitter

There is a fault line that runs through Durban. We had a similar incident in 2016.


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