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Tulbagh commemorates 50 years since SA’s most devastating earthquake

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The historic town of Tulbagh in the Western Cape is this weekend commemorating the 50th anniversary of South Africa’s most devastating earthquake. On the night of 29 September 1969, houses collapsed, lives were lost and communities were displaced.

The 6.3 magnitude earthquake claimed 11 lives.

Houses in neighbouring Ceres, Wolseley and Gouda were also damaged.

Publishing assistant Riaan de Villiers says a commemorative book commissioned by De Oude Kerk Volksmuseum, has been launched in Tulbagh.

“It’s a story about a small town 50 years ago. This was an important, even in the heartland of the Western Cape, and it still lives on in people’s memory. It had a massive lasting impact in the whole region, which eventually led to the growth of the huge tourism industry. Also partly because of the world famous restoration effort in Church street, the unique row of Cape Dutch houses.”

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