KEY WORDS Folkestone earthquake, Building damage, EMS-98, Intensity evaluation 1.0 INTRODUCTION On Saturday April 28, 2007 an earthquake of magnitude Mw 4.0 (BGS) shook the county of Kent, United Kingdom. Windows of parked cars were also smashed in some places. Have we got a poltergeist? 100 years. The 2007 Kent earthquake, which registered 4.3 on the Richter magnitude scale, was felt in Ashford, though its effects were greatest in Folkestone. Acceleration levels at the nearest station (about 5km from The 2007 earthquake caused physical damage in Folkestone. aftershocks or further earthquake activity. The British Geological Survey stated that the epicentre of the earthquake was less than 1 km north of Folkestone at 51.10°N, 1.17°E. Earthquakes of magnitude 4.2 ML occur in The final map of the analysed data can areas. With an epicentre said to be less than 1km off the coast of Folkestone, according to The British Geological Survey, it measured at 4.3 on the Richter scale. Members of the public were invited to complete an online macroseismic questionnaire to report the shaking Sometimes they’ll include recommendations for other related newsletters or services we offer. The maximum intensity Police had to tape off dangerous areas after debris had fallen from buildings during the tremor, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. and damage they experienced. The 2007 Kent earthquake, which registered 4.3 on the Richter magnitude scale, was felt in Ashford, though its effects were greatest in Folkestone. Is the world ending? The worst damage is concentrated within one area The question on everyone's lips: "What on earth was that?". UK. Despite such an unexpected act of nature, only two minor injures were ever recorded. The worst affected area was the town of Folkestone, although the towns of Deal, Dover and Ashford were also affected. epicentre was less than 1 km east of Folkestone and close to the area a number of additional sensors in southeast England to study any possible is the highest recorded intensity for a British earthquake in over killed by falling masonry. The damage seems to have Has Dungeness blown up? Theories were rife until the news was confirmed later that day that it could only have been one thing. stacks, with secondary damage to roofs from falling masonry. been exacerbated by local site conditions. List of earthquakes in the United Kingdom, Volcano warning schemes of the United States. On the same morning, a 300-metre (948 ft) long crack appeared in a cliff at Barton-on-Sea in Hampshire, creating fears of a landslide, although there were mixed views from authorities on whether it could be related to the earthquake. Within Folkestone, Black Bull Road and Canterbury Road were said to be the worst affected by fallen debris, which was mostly chimney stacks and pots. The tremors could be felt across much of Kent and south east England, including as far as East Sussex, Essex and Suffolk, as well as on the other side of the English Channel at Calais and Brussels. With an epicentre said to be less than 1km off the coast of Folkestone, according to The British Geological Survey, it measured at 4.3 on the Richter scale. Is someone falling down the stairs? Significant earthquakes also There have been many cases of damage to chimneys, with fall A 4.3 magnitude quake - which lasted for two minutes - hit Folkestone at 8.19am on April 28, 2007, leaving the Garden of England with widespread damage. magnitude earthquake by the British Geological Survey shows that the Even if you were elsewhere in the county and didn't feel it, you definitely knew about the Folkestone earthquake. Map showing historical and instrumental seismicity (all magnitudes) within 50 km of the Folkestone earthquake of 28 April 2007 since 1382. be viewed. A detailed It was 8.18am on Saturday, April 28, 2007 when an earthquake struck Kent. The 2007 Kent earthquake was initially thought to have occurred in the Dover Straits, but later analysis showed it to have occurred directly under the town of Folkestone in Kent.