Abrupt end to that Satur­day morn­ing lie-in

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

IT looked like it would be a very nor­mal spring Satur­day.

At 8.18am peo­ple were en­joy­ing a leisurely break­fast, lis­ten­ing to the ra­dio, watch­ing TV or just hav­ing a lie-in.

They were look­ing for­ward to some gar­den­ing, a day out or a shop­ping trip. Then they felt the tremor. Some felt a huge whoosh, oth­ers thought a bomb had gone off.

In some homes in Folkestone the im­pact was im­me­di­ate as chim­neys and ma­sonry came down.

Other peo­ple rushed out into the street – some still in their dress­ing gowns and py­ja­mas – baf­fled by what had hap­pened.

As con­fir­ma­tion came that the county had been hit by an earth­quake, there was a sense of amaze­ment and dis­be­lief.

Out on the street to sur­vey the dam­age

Peo­ple were baf­fled by the freak quake

There was dis­be­lief as con­fir­ma­tion came that the county had been hit by an earth­quake

Res­i­dents watch and wait for prop­er­ties to be made safe

There was re­lief that peo­ple were un­in­jured

Be­mused res­i­dents come out of their houses to find out the latest news

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