‘I thought the world was ending’

Orkney - “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.