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Kent assesses earthquake damage

Building control officers and surveyors were this morning working through a list of more than 600 homes damaged during Saturday's earthquake in Kent.
Following the magnitude 4.3 quake that struck at approximately 8.15am on April 28, 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 on the number given below and do not return until it's been assessed as safe. 'Shepway District Council has a team of building control officers and surveyors who are assessing damaged homes and advising residents on whether there are any immediate dangers. We have been working with the Fire Brigade who have played as essential role in making buildings safe - for example removing unsafe chimneys. '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.' Officers have been drawn from local authorities throughout Kent to help speed up the inspection process.

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