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    Folkestone - A question for Danbo

    Danbo:

    Didn't you recently say you knew this place? What connection do you have with it? Did you lose your house?


    Hundreds of quake homes damaged

    Some homes are so damaged that people cannot yet return

    Hundreds of houses in Folkestone have been damaged by the earthquake which struck parts of Kent.
    Council officials say 73 buildings are so dangerous residents cannot return to them because of loose chimney stacks, tiles and masonry.
    They have received 474 calls from people worried about the impact of the 4.3 magnitude tremor on their homes.
    The quake which struck on Saturday morning was the largest to hit Britain since one in the West Midlands in 2002.
    It struck at 0819 BST but resulted in only one person, a 30-year-old woman, suffering minor head injuries.
    Most residents forced from their homes sought refuge with families and friends, but a small number had to be housed in emergency accommodation.
    DAMAGED PROPERTIES
    474 properties reported damaged by earthquake
    73 so dangerous that people cannot return
    30 more where people have been advised not to return
    64 can be returned to but work must be done within 48 hours


    'No serious injuries'
    Folkestone and Hythe Conservative MP Michael Howard, who visited the Salvation Army rest centre where 10 people stayed overnight, said he was grateful that the community escaped relatively unscathed.
    "I think we have got off remarkably lightly. Obviously there is a fair amount of damage, a lot of chimney stacks down and it is tough on all those people who weren't able to spend the night at home.
    "But when you consider there were no serious injuries and no real devastating damage to property, I think we have got off remarkably lightly."
    Teams of structural engineers and surveyors are assessing damaged buildings and co-operating closely with fire crews to make dangerous properties safe.
    Shepway District Council spokesman Jeff Stack said it would take days for the initial analysis of homes to be carried out.
    QUAKES IN THE UK
    December 2006 - Dumfries and Galloway (magnitude 3.5)
    September 2002 - Dudley, West Midlands (5.0)
    October 2001 - Melton Mowbray (4.1)
    September 2000 - Warwick (4.2)
    April 1990 - Bishop's Castle, Shropshire (5.1)
    July 1984 - Nefyn, north Wales (5.4)
    June 1931 - in North Sea near Great Yarmouth (6.1)



    Mother's lucky escape


    Building control teams from many other parts of Kent have been drafted in to help share the workload.
    Experts from the British Geological Survey said the epicentre of the quake was 7.5 miles off the Dover coast in the English Channel. It brought down power lines with several thousand homes affected, but EDF Energy Networks said service were quickly restored in the Folkestone and Dover areas. Kent Fire and Rescue Service took more than 400 emergency calls about concerns ranging from structural damage to gas smells.

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    Not me William. I'm about 50 miles away and I haven't got a house to lose.

    Folkestone is a coastal town in the county of South East county of Kent which is where cross-channel ferries dock. This seems to be the story of the day on a slow news day. Lots of chimney damage by the looks of it. One thing that you should know about the UK is that anything that happens in the South East is World Shattering News!

    nb: Kent is a beautiful county. The garden of England it is known as. Beautiful countryside. I grew up in Kent and am a countryside person at heart....It could be said that I put the 'count' into 'countryside'....I'm posh like a nobleman you see.
    Back off Margaret, you're on a sugar rush!

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    yes Danbo, but countryside is actually pronounced kuntry...

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