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I WAS sitting on the couch dressing my youngest son when all of a sudden I heard a loud crack through the chimney breast, then my whole house shook hard. I took the kids out and put them in the car and then ran upstairs to wake my husband, who had just gone to bed after a night shift, and also to wake my mum. When we got out we noticed rubble in the gutter from our chimney. My kids and labrador dog have been terrified all day and I am having trouble getting my youngest to bed now!
Claire Holley, Folkestone
I HAVE spoken to two or three other people on the Marsh and it seems not to have been as an noticeable event here, even though we are as close to the epicentre as Hythe and Folkestone. I guess the big wet sponge of shingle absorbed all the energy.
Robbie Craig, Dungeness
I WAS asleep in bed and awoke to a big bang. I could hear loud noises on the roof and my two large wardrobes were shaking violently and banging against each other for, it seemed, quite a while. My first thought was that seagulls were fighting on the roof over food I had left out for the fox the previous night. I vowed there and then not to leave food out again. Looking at my clock radio I realised there was a power cut. My mobile said 8.20am. Knowing I wouldn’t be able to make my morning cuppa, I tried without success to go back to sleep and wondered in my sleepy stupor how the wardrobes shook.
Linda Joy, River
I WAS sitting in the living room enjoying my first cup of tea with my grandson when the wall behind me shook and my chair lifted under me, tipping me forward. My wife who was still upstairs heard the bang and thought one of us had fallen down the stairs.
George Hills, Hythe
I was in the kitchen with my kids having breakfast when I heard a rumble and vibration. As I was stood by the worktop, I heard it the loudest and felt it more, The things on the granite breadboard started vibrating – teapot, spoons – but it was the rumble that I could not understand it was almost like a car engine running under my kitchen floor, really steady and consistent. As soon as it had been noticed it had gone again so I dismissed it, until I got a phone call minutes later from my husband who is working in Folkestone to tell me that it was a tremor as everything in the house he was in was shaking.
Emma Jones, Adisham
I HAD my head out of the window admiring yesterday’s gardening when it felt as if the room spun around behind me. It didn’t shake but the room lurched around. It seemed very strange. It got stronger and then lessened but gained in strength before it finished. The dogs went mad, round and round in circles and the plaster fell off the chimney inside the house, china fell off shelves. Scary stuff.
Nicky Vines, Capel-le-Ferne
I WAS standing in the front room with a cup of tea in my hand when it happened. All the radiators were shaking and noisy and the house just felt like it was made of jelly. It was very scary. My kids were upstairs so I ran and got them. My daughter had banged her head during it, we all ran out into the street in our pyjamas, all the neighbours were really scared. I feel sorry for the people who have been evacuated from their houses and the amount of damage caused to their houses is really bad.
S. Buss, Folkestone
I was lying in my bed and felt the bed move. My dad was downstairs reading a newspaper and felt the room shake, the TV and the curtains moved and the dog went scatty
Kay Gower, Whitstable