Na­tional gaze on for­eign phe­nom­e­non

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - THE DAY THE EARTH SHOOK -

THE eyes of the coun­try were on Folkestone on Satur­day fol­low­ing the earth­quake.

Earth­quakes are things that hap­pen in Turkey, the Far East or South Amer­ica – not on the Kent coast.

Thank­fully, while there was ex­ten­sive dam­age to prop­er­ties, only one wo­man needed hospi­tal treat­ment. Many had lucky es­capes. Oth­ers were ex­tremely grate­ful to fire­fight­ers, the po­lice and coun­cil of­fi­cials for their help evac­u­at­ing them, se­cur­ing their homes and re­mov­ing dan­ger­ous chim­neys and brick­work.

Pic­ture: Paul Den­nis pd1195994

Ayle­sham fire­fighter John Cuffe

Pic­ture: Dave Downey pd1195023

Fire­men at work near the Black Bull

The town’s streets were strewn wth rub­ble

Build­ing in­spec­tions in Black Bull Road

Turntable lad­der crews at work

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