Building control officers were this week surveying more than 600 homes following the magnitude 4.3 quake that struck Kent at approximately 8.15am on 28 April. Shepway District Council warned residents to look for signs of serious damage including loose brickwork on chimneys or chimneys that have moved or shifted; large cracks on external walls; loose slates or tiles; doors or windows that are not shutting properly and bowed walls. The council warned locals: 'If you think your property is unsafe you should leave your home and stay with friends. Report the damage to the council and do not return until it's been assessed as safe.
A spokesman added: 'More than 600 homes have been reported to us as suffering some form of damage and our officers are working through this list as quickly as they can.'