Latest earthquakes near KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa today

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List of latest earthquakes near KwaZulu-Natal.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Jun 7, 2024 13:32
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 214 km NNW
from Newcastle
Jun 7, 2024 13:20
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 200 km NNW
from Newcastle
Jun 5, 2024 02:15
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 270 km WNW
from Newcastle
Jun 4, 2024 08:31
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 288 km WNW
from Newcastle
Jun 3, 2024 13:17
(Johannesburg)
M 3.7 296 km NE
from Vryheid
May 31, 2024 19:20
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 279 km WNW
from Newcastle
May 24, 2024 14:21
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 294 km WNW
from Newcastle
May 22, 2024 18:11
(Johannesburg)
M 3.3 294 km WNW
from Newcastle
May 18, 2024 04:36
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 283 km WNW
from Newcastle
May 8, 2024 20:06
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 280 km NW
from Newcastle
May 7, 2024 13:12
(Johannesburg)
M 3.6 242 km WNW
from Newcastle
Apr 19, 2024 23:15
(Johannesburg)
M 3.3 277 km WNW
from Newcastle
Apr 9, 2024 15:06
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 281 km NW
from Newcastle
Apr 7, 2024 23:53
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 278 km NW
from Newcastle
Apr 2, 2024 17:38
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 216 km NNW
from Newcastle
Mar 31, 2024 10:43
(Johannesburg)
M 3.4 271 km NW
from Newcastle
Mar 27, 2024 01:23
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 273 km NW
from Newcastle
Mar 18, 2024 06:01
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 276 km NW
from Newcastle
Mar 8, 2024 20:50
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 285 km WSW
from Pietermaritzburg
Mar 6, 2024 10:38
(Johannesburg)
M 3.1 261 km NNW
from Newcastle
Mar 5, 2024 03:33
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 283 km WSW
from Pietermaritzburg
Feb 18, 2024 12:05
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 78 km SE
from Newcastle
Feb 18, 2024 07:36
(Johannesburg)
M 3.0 294 km WNW
from Newcastle
Feb 6, 2024 20:54
(Johannesburg)
M 3.2 275 km NW
from Newcastle
Feb 2, 2024 12:45
(Johannesburg)
M 3.3 289 km WSW
from Pietermaritzburg

Map of Latest Earthquakes near KwaZulu-Natal

KwaZulu-Natal Earthquake Statistics

Average Earthquakes:
6 Yearly
Within 300 km, Mag 4+, last 10 years
Latest Earthquake:
Mag 3.1
Jun 7, 2024 13:32

Average

A total of 64 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or above have struck within 300 km (186 mi) of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in the past 10 years. This comes down to a yearly average of 6 earthquakes per year

A relatively large number of earthquakes occurred near KwaZulu-Natal in 2018. A total of 13 earthquakes (mag 4+) were detected within 300 km of KwaZulu-Natal that year. The strongest had a 4.6 magnitude.

Yearly Earthquakes within 300 km (186 mi) of KwaZulu-Natal with a magnitude of 4 or above.

Magnitude Distribution

The table below visualizes the distribution of all earthquakes that occurred within 300km of KwaZulu-Natal in the past 10 years. No earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 or above have occurred near KwaZulu-Natal 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 KwaZulu-Natal (past 10 years).
Magnitude Earthquakes Percentage
Mag. 4 64 100.0%
Mag. 5 0 0.0%
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 KwaZulu-Natal

Strongest in 10 years:
Mag 4.9
On Jun 11, 2023 02:38.
Strongest since 1900:
Mag 6.8
On Dec 31, 1932 08:30.

The strongest recent earthquake of the past 10 years near KwaZulu-Natal occurred on Jun 11, 2023 02:38 local time (Africa/Johannesburg timezone). It had a magnitude of 4.9 and struck 237 kilometers (147 mi) north-west of Newcastle, at a depth of 5 km. Discover more strong earthquakes near KwaZulu-Natal in the list below.

A longer time ago, a MAG-6.8 earthquake struck on Dec 31, 1932 08:30, 120 kilometers (75 mi) north-west of Richards Bay. It is the strongest earthquake near KwaZulu-Natal 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 KwaZulu-Natal, 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 KwaZulu-Natal.

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Historic M6+ since 1900
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List of strongest earthquakes near KwaZulu-Natal.
Date and Time Magnitude Location
Jun 11, 2023 02:38
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 237 km NW
from Newcastle
Mar 1, 2019 06:56
(Johannesburg)
M 4.9 268 km NW
from Newcastle
Mar 7, 2019 11:32
(Johannesburg)
M 4.8 275 km WNW
from Newcastle
Mar 14, 2022 00:07
(Johannesburg)
M 4.7 171 km NW
from Newcastle
Aug 31, 2014 16:40
(Johannesburg)
M 4.6 278 km WNW
from Newcastle
Nov 26, 2018 01:47
(Johannesburg)
M 4.6 167 km NW
from Newcastle
Nov 5, 2022 14:32
(Johannesburg)
M 4.6 108 km NNE
from Pietermaritzburg
Jan 10, 2015 01:41
(Johannesburg)
M 4.6 281 km WNW
from Newcastle
Jun 12, 2015 01:27
(Johannesburg)
M 4.6 283 km WNW
from Newcastle
Mar 28, 2018 08:22
(Johannesburg)
M 4.6 273 km WNW
from Newcastle

Map of Strongest Earthquakes near KwaZulu-Natal

Earthquakes by city in KwaZulu-Natal

Click the links below for earthquake reports for major places in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa.

Use this regional KwaZulu-Natal earthquake report for earthquakes that were felt in smaller towns and cities in the region, including Dundee, Port Shepstone, KwaDukuza, eSikhaleni, Mondlo, Margate, Richmond, Howick, Empangeni, Mpophomeni, Kokstad, Scottburgh, Ulundi, eMkhomazi and Ballito.

Frequently Asked Questions

These questions are commonly asked in relation to earthquakes occurring near KwaZulu-Natal.

When was the last earthquake in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa?

A 3.1 magnitude earthquake hit near KwaZulu-Natal on the afternoon of June 7, 2024 at 13:32 local time (Africa/Johannesburg). The center of this earthquake was located 214km north-northwest of Newcastle at a depth of 10km under land. Check the list on our website for any earthquakes occurring near KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa in the past hours.

What was the strongest earthquake near KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa?

A 6.8 magnitude earthquake hit near KwaZulu-Natal 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 KwaZulu-Natal since the year 1900.

How often do earthquakes occur near KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa?

In the past 10 years, 64 earthquakes with a magnitude of four or higher occurred within a 300 kilometer range from KwaZulu-Natal. This averages to 6 earthquakes yearly, or one earthquake every 57 days.