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Witness: I thought Kent earthquake was an 'explosion'

A witness of the earthquake in Kent in the early hours of this morning has described how he thought it was an "explosion".

He added: "Lying in bed when the house suddenly shook. Thought something had collapsed outside, so got up to check.

"I've looked outside and all appears to be fine in the street. No damage that I can see. Will obviously see more later when it's lighter. Weird experience anyway.

"I actually thought it was an explosion of some sort and not an earthquake."


Residents: Kent earthquake 'scared the life out of me!'

Kent residents have tweeted their reactions after being awoken by the tremors in the early hours of this morning.

Vikki Petts said: "So we just had a 4.3 magnitude earthquake in Kent and my housemates slept through the entire thing. certainly woke me up!"

Jonathan Tapp said: "Earthquake in East Kent and now can't get back to sleep. Despite months spent in NZ this is my first one that I've felt."

Kent earthquake downgraded to 4.2 magnitude

The British Geological Survey has downgraded the earthquake felt across Kent this morning to 4.2 magnitude.

No injuries reported as Kent Police inundated with calls

Kent Police has been inundated with phone calls about the earthquake that rattled the region.

The force wrote on Twitter:

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No major damage reported in Kent earthquake

Kent Fire and Rescue Service are reporting say that there has been no major damage caused by the tremor. They are dealing with reports of a small scale damage to roofs.


Image shows seismic reading as earthquake hits Kent

The British Geological Survey has released an image of the seismic reading taken at its Elham station as an earthquake shook Kent in the early hours of this morning.

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Earthquake felt from Margate to Faversham

Pregnant woman rescued from capsized boat in Kent

The upturned trimaran Credit: HM Coastguard
A couple had to be rescued after their boat capsized near Dungeness Point in Kent. Credit: Google maps

A pregnant woman and her partner have been rescued after their trimaran capsized and they were left in the water clinging to the upturned hull.

The alarm was raised by a member of the public who spotted the couple in the water a mile from Dungeness Point, Kent, at 3.30pm.

The HM Customs cutter Valiant, which was nearby, was able to locate the upturned vessel within minutes.

A coastguard spokesman said the cutter stood by the vessel, ensuring the safety of those in the water, until an RNLI lifeboat from Dungeness arrived to take the couple ashore.

They were then taken to the William Harvey Hospital by the rescue helicopter from RAF Watisham.

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