Like an cruise ship moving sideways: the best quotes on the Kent and Essex earthquake
Did you people in Kent and Essex feel the earthquake in middle of the night? The epicentre of the quake measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale was just south of Ramsgate.
What was it like?
Graham Young (Times): “It felt a bit like a bomb going off. The whole of the building shook for about seven seconds and the sky filled with seagulls.”
Others wrote to the British Geological Survey:
“…like a train running under the house, shaking everything. Woke me up. So disturbed I make a cup of tea!”
“Woke me from deep sleep and first thought it was thunder as very disorientated. Lasted about a minute I suppose but was a very odd experience! House shook, I’m a bit scared now!”
“Heavy shaking – like a lorry crashing outside the house – couldn’t believe it!”
Stella Hulott (Facebook): “I am in Westgate on Sea. My cats are upset and the husband has slept through it. My heart is still pounding!”
Jake West (Guardian): “At 3am it’s normally quiet. There was silence, then there was shaking. It was very odd. It felt like there was someone very heavy who was stomping down the stairs.”
Paul and Janette, Worsfold (Telegraph): “My wife and I jumped out of bed at 2 50 as our flat in Deal began to shake quite violently. Indeed it shook enough for the to crash into the bath and break.”
Keeley Brady, Hullbridge, Essex: “My daughter said she was woken up and her clothes hangers rattling on the door handle.”
Susan Fry: “The vibrations felt like being on cruise ship when it comes onto port sideways.”
— Sam O’Brien (@samobrien32) May 22, 2015