‘Some had been evac­u­ated, oth­ers were just wor­ried’

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - EARTHQUAKE - THE REFUGEES -

ELEVEN-year-old Tyler Mulcahy was among those who raced to the Sal­va­tion Army cen­tre to see if he could help.

Tyler, who lives in New Street, Folkestone, said: “I was wo­ken up by the shak­ing and my mum said: ‘Get out!’

“I went down­stairs and ev­ery­thing had fallen on the floor.

“I ran to the cen­tre and found there was no elec­tric­ity, so I ran back and got two torches and a ra­dio.”

Fel­low helper Neil Vick­ery, who lives in Dover Road, said: “The cen­tre is a fo­cal point in the com­mu­nity.

“Some peo­ple were evac­u­ated here, oth­ers were just wor­ried and ner­vous.

“I was sleep­ing and the tremor woke me but there was no dam­age to my house.”

Jen­nifer Jor­dan sought refuge at the cen­tre with her chow-chow, Shan, af­ter be­ing evac­u­ated from her home in Fern­bank Cres­cent.

She said: “Some of the win­dows cracked, but there was no se­ri­ous dam­age.”

Michael DeFroand talks to 11-year-old helper Tyler Mulcahy

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