Interactive Map: Major earthquakes over the past decade

25 Apr 2015, Kathmandu, Nepal --- Pedestrians walk past collapsed buildings in Kathmandu, Nepal, 25 April 2015. Several hundred people died during a massive earthquake in the region. Photo: Arne Adrian/dpa --- Image by © Arne Adrian/dpa/Corbis.com

Earthquakes have been around since the beginning of time, and is a natural process by which the Earth releases pressure as tectonic plates collide with each other.

South Africa has had its share of tremors, but nowhere near to the scale of devastation suffered in countries like Indonesia, China and Pakistan.

The most destructive earthquake in South African history, took place in 1969 in the Tulbach area located in the Western Cape. The quake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale.

More recently, a light earthquake hit certain areas of Johannesburg on Saturday morning, 25 Aril 2015 and measured 2.5 on the Richter scale. Local residents took to social media platforms, and it would seem as if the south-west of the city in areas such as Soweto, felt it the most.

South Africa also experienced a 5.2 magnitude earthquake on 5 August 2014 with the epicentre near Orkney in the North West province. Aftershocks could be felt in places as far as Cape Town.

Take a look at other major earthquakes that have occurred in the past decade. Simply zoom in on the map and click on the marked areas for more information and video footage of these incidents:

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