There was a bang and power went off
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.
“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