There was a bang and power went off

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

THE ef­fects of the earth­quake stretched to Hythe, where the High Street was with­out elec­tric­ity for more than an hour.

Many shops were shut and oth­ers had doors open to a dark­ened in­te­rior as busi­ness ground to a halt.

The power came back on at 9.50am.

Leanne Ball, man­ager of The Flower Shop, said: “I was putting the plants out the front when I heard a bang.

“I thought it was an ex­plo­sion.

“I saw some­thing drop from the butcher’s roof and all the win­dows were shak­ing.”

Susan Black­more, as­sis­tant man­ager at the Bri­tish Red Cross shop, was at home in Seabrook when the tremor struck.

Fright­ened

“Ev­ery­thing shook,” she said. “My lit­tle girl is just two and she was fright­ened.”

Else­where the ef­fects were sim­i­lar.

Damian Gos­bee, of Parker Place, Hawkinge, was pre­par­ing for bed fol­low­ing his su­per­mar­ket night shift.

He said: “I went out­side and the whole street was say­ing they had felt it.

“We had a cou­ple of glasses break and one of the win­dows down­stairs cracked.”

Peter Walker, who lives in Can­ter­bury Road, Brabourne, said: “I couldn’t be­lieve it.

“The foot­ing of my house goes down 13m, yet the whole thing was still shak­ing.”

Leanne Ball, man­ager of The Flower Shop, which was left with­out power af­ter the eath­hquake

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