So what did Radio 2 DJ Brian know?
A WOMAN from Ashford could hardly believe her ears as the tremor struck while she was lying in bed on Saturday morning.
As Gill Holland wondered what on earth was happening, the DJ she was listening to on the radio announced that the next record he was going to play was called Earthquake.
Mrs Holland, of The Limes, Kingsnorth, was tuned in to Brian Matthew’s Sounds of the Sixties show on Radio 2, on Saturday morning, as she enjoyed a lie-in.
Mrs Holland said: “My husband John was in the shower. I’d listened to the news and was still in bed. “Then I felt the tremor. “I put my hands down by my side and wondered if it was going to happen again.
“As I felt the tremor the DJ introduced this record called Earthquake.
“It was an amazing coincidence.”
According to the show’s playlist the record was, indeed, Earthquake, by Bobbi Lynn, recorded in 1968.
Two hundred houses were damaged, with 70 being made uninhabitable. The main road was cracked in many places, the pavement torn up and gas and water mains broken. Chasms of up to 9ft wide appeared at Encombe. A pamphlet was produced to tell visitors about what was known as the Sandgate Sensational Soil Subsidence.
Earthquake, at the foot of the DJ playlist