‘I stood up... there was a huge boom’

kmfm pre­sen­ter Richard Adams was on air when the earth­quake hit. Here he de­scribes his re­ac­tion.

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

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

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