Latest earthquakes near South Africa today

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List of latest earthquakes near South Africa.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
May 25, 2024 05:59
(Johannesburg)
M 3.7 55 km SSE
from Botshabelo
May 24, 2024 14:21
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 13 km SSW
from Carletonville
May 22, 2024 18:11
(Johannesburg)
M 3.3 6 km NE
from Carletonville
May 18, 2024 04:36
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 13 km E
from Carletonville
May 17, 2024 01:17
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 13 km ESE
from Klerksdorp
May 15, 2024 10:26
(Johannesburg)
M 3.5 23 km ESE
from Klerksdorp
May 11, 2024 19:07
(Johannesburg)
M 3.5 77 km N
from Nelspruit
May 8, 2024 20:06
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 3 km SSE
from Randfontein
May 7, 2024 13:12
(Johannesburg)
M 3.6 77 km SSW
from Vereeniging
May 7, 2024 09:25
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 46 km WSW
from Potchefstroom
May 6, 2024 00:50
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 217 km NE
from Phalaborwa
Apr 30, 2024 17:47
(Johannesburg)
M 3.2 35 km NNW
from Welkom
Apr 27, 2024 10:52
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 199 km NE
from Upington
Apr 23, 2024 07:26
(Johannesburg)
M 3.2 17 km ESE
from Klerksdorp
Apr 19, 2024 23:15
(Johannesburg)
M 3.3 87 km SW
from Vereeniging
Apr 9, 2024 15:06
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 7 km WSW
from Westonaria
Apr 8, 2024 14:06
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 89 km N
from Rustenburg
Apr 8, 2024 03:43
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 22 km ESE
from Klerksdorp
Apr 7, 2024 23:53
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 4 km ESE
from Randfontein
Apr 7, 2024 23:42
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 177 km NNW
from Cape Town
Apr 5, 2024 19:26
(Johannesburg)
M 3.4 45 km NNE
from Phalaborwa
Apr 2, 2024 17:38
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 27 km WSW
from Witbank
Apr 1, 2024 19:05
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 22 km WNW
from Potchefstroom
Mar 31, 2024 10:43
(Johannesburg)
M 3.4 11 km WSW
from Soweto
Mar 27, 2024 01:23
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 10 km NNW
from Soweto

Map of Latest Earthquakes near South Africa

South Africa Earthquake Statistics

Average Earthquakes:
12 Yearly
Within 300 km, Mag 4+, last 10 years
Latest Earthquake:
Mag 3.7
May 25, 2024 05:59

Average

A total of 123 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or above have struck within 300 km (186 mi) of South Africa in the past 10 years. This comes down to a yearly average of 12 earthquakes per year, or 1 per month. On average an earthquake will hit near South Africa roughly every 29 days.

A relatively large number of earthquakes occurred near South Africa in 2018. A total of 20 earthquakes (mag 4+) were detected within 300 km of South Africa that year. The strongest had a 4.6 magnitude.

Yearly Earthquakes within 300 km (186 mi) of South Africa with a magnitude of 4 or above.

Magnitude Distribution

The table below visualizes the distribution of all earthquakes that occurred within 300km of South Africa in the past 10 years. No earthquakes with a magnitude of 6 or above have occurred near South Africa during this time. Usually, higher magnitudes are less common than lower magnitudes. Small earthquakes with a magnitude below 4 on the Richter scale have been omitted from this overview.

Earthquakes by magnitude near South Africa (past 10 years).
Magnitude Earthquakes Percentage
Mag. 4 121 98.37%
Mag. 5 2 1.63%
Mag. 6 0 0.0%
Mag. 7 0 0.0%
Mag. 8 0 0.0%
Mag. 9 0 0.0%
Mag. 10 0 0.0%

Strongest earthquakes near South Africa

Strongest in 10 years:
Mag 5.4
On Aug 5, 2014 12:22.
Strongest since 1900:
Mag 6.8
On Dec 31, 1932 08:30.

The strongest recent earthquake of the past 10 years near South Africa occurred on Aug 5, 2014 12:22 local time (Africa/Johannesburg timezone). It had a magnitude of 5.4 and struck 16 kilometers (10 mi) south-southeast of Klerksdorp, at a depth of 5 km. Discover more strong earthquakes near South Africa in the list below.

A longer time ago, a MAG-6.8 earthquake struck on Dec 31, 1932 08:30, 120 kilometers (75 mi) south-southeast of Richards Bay. It is the strongest earthquake near South Africa in the past 124 years (Our data goes back to January 1st, 1900).

In the table below you will find the strongest earthquakes that occurred near South Africa in the past 10 years. You can use the tabs to find the heaviest historic earthquakes since the year 1900 or within a specific year or distance from South Africa.

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List of strongest earthquakes near South Africa.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Aug 5, 2014 12:22
(Johannesburg)
M 5.4 16 km SSE
from Klerksdorp
Apr 3, 2017 05:08
(Johannesburg)
M 5.2 15 km ESE
from Klerksdorp
Jun 15, 2014 16:16
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 18 km SSE
from Klerksdorp
Aug 12, 2017 04:37
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 279 km NW
from Rustenburg
Mar 1, 2019 06:56
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 6 km WSW
from Soweto
Jun 11, 2023 02:38
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 18 km SE
from Johannesburg
Mar 22, 2019 02:30
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 11 km SSE
from Welkom
Jul 17, 2022 11:19
(Johannesburg)
M 4.8 21 km SE
from Klerksdorp
Mar 7, 2019 11:32
(Johannesburg)
M 4.8 39 km SW
from Soweto
May 6, 2020 06:59
(Johannesburg)
M 4.8 13 km ESE
from Klerksdorp

Map of Strongest Earthquakes near South Africa

Earthquakes by region of South Africa

Click the links below for earthquake reports for regions in South Africa.

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are commonly asked in relation to earthquakes occurring near South Africa.

When was the last earthquake in South Africa?

A 3.7 magnitude earthquake hit near South Africa on the night of May 25, 2024 at 05:59 local time (Africa/Johannesburg). The center of this earthquake was located 55km south-southeast of Botshabelo at a depth of 10km under land. Check the list on our website for any earthquakes occurring near South Africa in the past hours.

What was the strongest earthquake near South Africa?

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit near South Africa on the morning of December 31, 1932 at 08:30 local time (Africa/Johannesburg). The center of this earthquake was located 120km east-southeast of Richards Bay at a depth of 15km under water in the Indian Ocean. This is the strongest earthquake that occurred near South Africa since the year 1900.

How often do earthquakes occur near South Africa?

In the past 10 years, 123 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from South Africa. This averages to 12 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 30 days.