‘I stood up... there was a huge boom’
kmfm presenter Richard Adams was on air when the earthquake hit. Here he describes his reaction.
IT was shortly after 8.15am when I was just about to pop my head out of the door and see how the weather was developing. I didn’t get far. I stood up out of my chair and there was a huge boom, then I felt all of the room rock. My headphones dropped on the floor and I held onto the desk, not sure what exactly was happening. My initial thoughts ... a bomb in the Channel Tunnel, a car hitting the radio station, or just the building collapsing. Then I started doubting it ever happened.
I moved towards the door then thought twice about going outdoors in case it was a bomb.
I realised that if the building was going to collapse, it was just as bad to be indoors. I tried ringing someone to find out it if was just me but couldn’t get a signal on my phone. I braved it and went outside to the sound of alarms going off all over the place.
Then, minutes later the sound of police cars, ambulances and virtually every emergency service rushing around like mad things. Minutes later when we got back on air, phone call after phone call from worried listeners asking what had gone on.
It all came back to me again why I worked in radio and what a vital part of the community kmfm is.
kmfm presenter Richard Adams