Re­mem­ber­ing day that rocked our world

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Earthquake: - By Vic­to­ria Ches­sum

This week marks a decade since Folke­stone shook dur­ing an earth­quake that woke up peo­ple across the dis­trict.

On Satur­day, April 28, 2007 just be­fore 8.20am, the ground rum­bled due to a quake that reg­is­tered a mag­ni­tude of 4.3.

Folke­stone and the sur­round­ing vil­lages were the main ar­eas af­fected but the tremors were also felt in the Dover, Ash­ford and Can­ter­bury ar­eas.

The epi­cen­tre was be­lieved to be less than 1km east of the Folke­stone coast.

Black­bull Road and Can­ter­bury Road in Folke­stone were said to be the worst af­fected by fallen de­bris, which was mostly chim­ney stacks and pots.

Height ve­hi­cles from Kent Fire and Res­cue were sent out to se­cure prop­er­ties, of­fi­cers were pa­trolling the streets and the am­bu­lance crews re­sponded.

The work to se­cure homes lasted weeks.

Win­dows of parked cars were smashed in some places but de­spite such an un­ex­pected act of na­ture, no of­fi­cial in­juries were re­ported.

The town came to a stop with barely any cars mov­ing and many roads cor­doned off by po­lice to en­sure peo­ple’s safety, with an af­ter­shock ex­pected later that day.

The KM’s cov­er­age at the time showed most peo­ple in the street watch­ing the drama un­fold with many clutch­ing their mo­bile phones as the news spread.

To­day’s phones present peo­ple with ac­cess to in­stant news and live up­dates, but at that time so­cial me­dia was not at its peak and many were re­ly­ing on word of mouth for in­for­ma­tion.

More peo­ple were on foot and were walk­ing to friends and neigh­bours’ houses to hear their ex­pe­ri­ences and to make sure they were okay.

The usu­ally busy Black­bull Road was used as a meet­ing point for the me­dia and emer­gency ser­vices. Those peo­ple whose homes sus­tained the worst dam­age were evac­u­ated and had to take shel­ter at the Sal­va­tion Army in Can­ter­bury Road.

It is a day that most peo­ple will never for­get.

Over the next few pages, we speak to those who were there and look at how the quake was cov­ered in our pages at the time.

Fallen chim­ney stacks and brick­work lays across the street af­ter an earth­quake, reg­is­ter­ing a mag­ni­tude of 4.3, hit Folke­stone at 8.20am on Satur­day, April 28, 2007 – 10 years ago

Kent Fire and Res­cue per­sonel were sent out to se­cure prop­er­ties af­fected by the quake

Pic­ture: Ed­ward Thomp­son

El­derly lady gets a help­ing hand from po­lice

Folke­stone res­i­dents took to the streets in their num­bers

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