Quake sends scared Durbanites running

2014-08-06 00:00

OFFICE workers across the city streamed out of high-rise buildings as alarm bells sounded following yesterday’s earth tremor.

The streets were lined with people looking on in disbelief as their colleagues flooded from lobbies across the central business district.

When the quake struck just after noon, many put the shaking and swaying of buildings down to over active imaginations.

Zuleka Goolam evacuated the building she lives in on the beach front after she felt the tremor from Marine Sands.

“We didn’t really know if it was serious but my son came in and asked us to evacuate.”

Nonhlanhla Blose, who was on the 11th floor of the Old Mutual Building in the CBD, was celebrating her 35th birthday when the tremor shook her up.

“I thought I was feeling dizzy until I saw the leaves of plants in my office were moving.”

Vanestri Naidoo, who was also in the Old Mutual Building, said she was terrified when she felt the building move and called her husband immediately.

“After I called my husband, the entire office evacuated. It wasn’t fast movements but rather a sway,” said Naidoo.

Rishaad Paruk from The Marine building said he was training students when he saw the water dispenser moving. “Moments later we were told to evacuate via the intercom so we followed the proper drill and we walked down eight floors.”

Rouel Singh said that the quake had felt like the onset of vertigo before panic set in.

“I was standing at my desk, casually flipping through a file while I had someone on the telephone line. Then a lady who sits across me says ‘Oh my god what is shaking our desk like this’, and I replied ‘No, it’s just me I’m feeling dizzy’.

“Then I looked at the water in my glass swaying from side to side — I didn’t even tell the person on the phone I had to go.

“I slammed my phone down and ran out my office. A few seconds later all the people from other offices were outside,” he said.

Kingsmead Office Park worker Busisiwe Mncwabe said the tremor was terrifying.

“I had the most weird and scary feeling ever. I was actually terrified and I was one of the first few that evacuated from the office,” she said.

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