Earthquake In Kent

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Computers and the internet are amazing things. One of my concerns with putting together this site was that it could remain current, yet with all my travelling I've often much to say, but little time to say it. Years ago when reading the news it would take me days on end to reply to the kind letters people sent. Now, with the magic of the modern age, I can keep you up to date with what I'm doing and other events in my life.

EARTHQUAKE IN KENT

Date: 22nd May 2015

I live in an apartment in a large house in Kent.  We are  used to the building vibrating because of a badly maintained road (KCC and Southern Water both more or less  deny responsibility for it):  the lack of a speed limit : and large vehicles travelling far too fast.

At 2.58 this morning I was woken with a huge noise and the whole building shaken.  Jumping out of bed to see what large vehicle had caused this, I saw nothing and returned to bed and to sleep.

Had I known it was an earthquake tremor I'm sure I would have been far more worried about further tremors and probably wouldn't have got to sleep again!

We had a tremor some years ago which reached 4.7 on the Richter scale and caused damage in Folkestone.  Last night's was 4.2 and apparently did not affect any buildings.

I now have a tiny inkling of what it must be like for those poor people in Nepal - hit twice in so many days and with buildings unable to withstand the tremor.

Is it my imagination or are earthquakes happening more frequently or is it just the instantaneous reporting of news from around the world?  Think of the relatively recent earthquakes around Christchurch in New Zealand with some loss of life and substantial damage to buildings.

And I think back to the time the Nave at Canterbury Cathedral had to be demolished in the late 14th Century  - partly due to age and partly due to an Earthquake we have been told!

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