'I thought the world was ending' - SA quake as it happened

05 Aug 17:56

"I thought the world was ending," were the words Mamosa Melato used to describe her experience of the earthquake that hit South Africa on Tuesday.

Melato was in her house, and her husband and son-in-law were sitting on the veranda, when the entire area of Orkney started shaking.

"I ran outside and saw the ground cracking. The toilet seat was dislodged from the plumbing system and water was everywhere," she said.

Bricks from the veranda fell where her husband and son-in-law were sitting and Melato said they were lucky to be alive.

Melato's neighbour was also affected by the earthquake. Ruth Molojwa was at work when she got the call telling her of damage to her house.

"When I got off the taxi, I saw my house destroyed. The bricks destroyed everything inside my house," she said.

Emergency personnel cordoned off both houses. While outside, two aftershocks were felt and residents were told not to enter their houses. "The aftershocks really frightened us," Melato said. - Sapa

05 Aug 17:55

What should you do after an earthquake, according to ER24:  

1. Establish if you have sustained any injuries. Check around you and try to see if anyone else sustained any injuries. If you can provide first aid, proceed to do so.  

2. Call emergency services for medical assistance if someone sustained an injury.  

3. If the building you are in sustained structural damage, even if you are unsure, evacuated calmly and quickly. (If possible)  

4. Try and listen to your local radio station for emergency or news updates.  

5. Do not enter any damaged buildings or areas. There might be debris lying around. Be very careful around broken glass and other items that can cause you harm. Do not take off your shoes.  

6. Stay away from beaches until the area has been announced as safe.  

7. If the area you are in has an evacuation or emergency plan, try and follow it.

05 Aug 17:52

5 things to do during earthquakes, according to ER24:

1. Stay calm.

2. Try and stay where you are. Use large and sturdy objects such as a big desk to crawl under. If you are in a building, try and stand with your back against the wall near the centre of the building.

3. Stay away from windows and outside doors.

4. Should you be outside at the time of an earthquake, look around you. Ensure you are clear from power cables or anything overhead that might fall on you. Do not stand near or against a building, debris might fall on top of you.

5. Use the stairs to evacuate premises (only when it is safe to do so)

05 Aug 17:25

Engineers are inspecting shaft infrastructure at two of AngloGold Ashanti's Vaal River mines, following an earthquake that has left seventeen employees injured.  

"Our priority is the safe passage of our employees from underground. Engineers are inspecting shaft infrastructure, and at those shafts where this work is complete, hoisting of people to surface has already begun," said AngloGold Ashanti spokesperson Chris Nthite in a statement. - Sapa

05 Aug 17:01 Reports just in that more tremors have been felt. Have you experienced the tremors? Heard of anybody injured? Or damage to property? Upload PHOTOS, upload STORIES,  or E-MAIL.
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Ja Wa 2014-08-05 12:56:23 PM
Tsunami warning for Emmarentia Dam.
Daniel Tomlinson 2014-08-05 12:57:00 PM
5.3 magnitude quake in Gauteng, epicenter in Klerksdorp. Felt 200 km away in Pretoria - it was a big one!
Stephen Atherton 2014-08-05 12:57:48 PM
It was felt from PTA North to fourways, crazy
Zilindile Gagule 2014-08-05 12:59:18 PM
I feel it in Randburg too.
Nadia Samsodien 2014-08-05 12:59:33 PM
In Kimberley as well
Louri Jacobs 2014-08-05 12:59:34 PM
Felt it as far as Klerksdorp and Orkney
Babu Ephraim Maseka 2014-08-05 12:59:46 PM
Orkney area...it took about 8-10sec... Up to so far nothing serious that I heard.
Adhir Nursayhe 2014-08-05 12:59:56 PM
it was felt in durban cbd as well...
Maata Kuiperij 2014-08-05 01:00:20 PM
we felt it too here in Gaborone.
Rorisang Mokgethi 2014-08-05 01:00:51 PM
i am in rustenburg, we felt it too