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Last Updated: Saturday April 28 2007 16:46 GMT

Kent kids share quake experiences

Woman is led to safety in Folkestone

An earthquake has shaken buildings in parts of Kent - and kids in the area have been telling us all about it.

People living in Folkestone, Dover and Deal say they felt tremors at about 8.30am on Saturday.

Remy, 11, from Folkestone, said: "The house started shaking like crazy for about four seconds."

Sam, nine, from Deal, said the quake took his family by surprise. "The walls shook. I ran and asked my parents what was going on. We had no idea."

The emergency services have taken lots of calls, but it's thought that no-one was seriously injured.

People talk about what happened
People talk about what happened
But it seems there was quite a lot of damage to buildings.

Eleven-year-old Joseph from Folkestone said his house was damaged: "We have cracks in our walls and our chimney is cracked a lot."

Electricity supplies and phone lines were also affected.

'Confused'

Kids in the area said it was a morning they would never forget.

Hannah, 13, from Ashford, said: "I felt myself vibrating, which woke me up. My bed was shaking and I was really confused - I thought that it was my phone vibrating!"

And Emily, from Deal, said the quake made the windows in her house shake, adding: "It was like being in a terrible storm."


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"I was staying at my nan and granddad's house. My nan had gone to work and my granddad was in bed after working nights. Then suddenly the TV went off and the house started shaking. I thought that my granddad had fallen out of bed, until he got up and asked me why the house was shaking."

Lauren, 11, Capel

"Our house is fine but other damage is extremely bad. A lot of things are broken. Our little town is hit HARD!!"

Eden, 12, Ashford

"My grandparents felt it and they were really shocked!! Everything fell off their tables!!"

Izzie, 11, Aberdeen

"I was sleeping and my flat shook so we all went out of the flat."

Kirstie, 11, Dover

"I felt my bed shaking. No one else knew. I told them when they awoke."

Hope, 8, Kent

"It was so shocking. I was having my breakfast to get ready for a quick jog when my cereal bowl smashed to pieces. Then for about 3 seconds the whole house was shaking."

Grace, 12, Kent

"It was like nothing I had experienced before, I was walking down to the kitchen when suddenly every thing started to shake, it was scary!"

Paul, 12, Ashford

"This was my first earthquake. I was sleeping and I heard this noise and it was shaking, then I quickly ran out with my dad and my brother. When I came outside lots of people were standing on the road."

Marita, 9, Kent

"My dad has just spent a whole year plastering our house and it has now all been destroyed!"

Luke, Folkestone

"I was on the computer when suddenly the screen went blank. Also I heard a big bang."

James

"The house started shaking for about 5 seconds,my dog nearly fell off my lap. We didn't realise it was a earthquake till about an 1 hour later, when my uncle phoned up."

Annabel, 13, Deal

"I live in Ashford and I still felt the tremors at about 8.30am on Saturday. I was lying on my bed and my bed shook about 4 times."

Grace, 13

"I felt the tremor and I saw the walls shake. I just thought it was my brother messing around. The noise was of the windows shaking like being in a terrible storm. I never suspected an earthquake. I will certainly remember this."

Emily, Deal

"I was in bed when it happened but the violent shaking woke me up. It made my wind chimes jangle!"

Megan, 12, Whitstable

"I was in bed during the start of the earthquake, the hose started shaking like crazy for about 4 seconds."

Remy, 11, Folkestone

"I was sitting downstairs in my house at about 8:15am, then I heard this rumbling noise. I didn't have any idea what was happening! The walls shook and the pictures on the wall were shaking! Then I ran upstairs and asked my parents what was going on, we had no idea at the time! So scary!"

Sam, 9, Deal

"I live in Folkestone and we have cracks in our walls and our chimney is cracked a lot of people in black bull road our being evacuated to out local secondary school the channel high school."

Joseph, 11, Folkstone

"I felt the tremor and I saw the walls shake. I just thought it was my brother messing around. The noise was of the windows shaking like being in a terrible storm. I never suspected an earthquake. I will certainly remember this."

Emily, Deal