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Last Updated: Tuesday March 03 2009 16:52 GMT

Town in Kent shaken by earthquake

A seismograph

An earthquake has hit the southeast of England, in nearly the same spot as a tremor two years ago.

Experts say the quake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale hit Folkestone at about 2.30pm on Tuesday.

People there said everything shook and there was a sound like thunder. Resident Terri Julians said: "It was quite scary but amazing."

Some buildings were evacuated, but there haven't been any reports of injuries, or damage to buildings.

Hundreds of homes in the town were damaged by the tremor in 2007, which measured 4.3 on the Richter scale.

Julian Bukits from the British Geological Society, said the quake "wasn't anything near as big as the one two years ago.

"On UK terms it's not that huge." he added.