Town shakes again as an­other earth­quake hits

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page -

as big as the one in 2007 which mea­sured 4.3 and there should not have been any dam­age to build­ings.

“We have earth­quakes all the time in the UK, al­most 200 a year, so peo­ple do not need to be alarmed.

“On Fe­bru­ary 23 there was an earth­quake near Folke­stone, in the Chan­nel, mea­sur­ing 1.6. On Fe­bru­ary 28 there was one close to Jer­sey at 2.3.”

Su­san Sargeant, an­other seis­mol­o­gist at the Bri­tish Ge­o­log­i­cal Sur­vey, said: “We have seis­mic record­ing equip­ment at El­ham and we can con­firm there was an event very nearby. At the mo­ment we are analysing the data and the re­ports we are re­ceiv­ing.”

Dam­aged

Dur­ing the last earth­quake, the Black Bull pub in Folke­stone was used as a base by lo­cals whose homes had been dam­aged and the me­dia.

Pa­tri­cia Whe­lan, who runs pub in Black Bull Road with her hus­band, Bren­dan, said: “Luck­ily, this earth­quake doesn’t seem as bad as the last one. I haven’t heard any re­ports of any dam­age to prop­erty.”

David Pearce, 38, who works for Smiths Med­i­cal in Mil­i­tary Road, Hythe, said he and his col­leagues at first thought it was big lorry rum­bling out­side.

He said: “Every­one then just looked at each other and said ‘Did you feel that?’”

The re­search and de­vel­op­ment man­ager said that lots of peo­ple’s fam­ily and friends were phon­ing in from Folke­stone and West Hythe ask­ing if they had felt it.

He said: “I have never felt an earth­quake be­fore. It was very scary.”

The lat­est quake was felt in Hythe and Dover.

Folke­stone suf­fered a ma­jor earth­quake on Satur­day, April 28, 2007.

Fire­fight­ers at Folke­stone were not called to any in­ci­dents af­ter this week’s earth­quake.

Last time they were in­un­dated with calls for help as build­ings were dam­aged and peo­ple were trapped.

Pa­tri­cia Whe­lan, land­lady of the Black Bull pub

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