Town shakes again as another earthquake hits
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.”
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