Following the devastating earthquake in the English Channel the expected tsunami wasn't as bad as first expected.
One large wave reported in the Hastings and Rye area making an old lady run up the beach shouting "OH MY GOURD" (she was a Londoner on a day trip) Another man out walking his dog near Fairlight reported that he had to run back from the beach in order not to get splashed. "I couldn't believe my eyes, I looked out to sea and saw a wave which was at least three inches higher then the usual. Thankfully no harm came to me or my dog".
The police were called out to a shop in Folkestone where the earthquake had caused a little boy's ten penny piece to jar in the bubble gum machine. Other reports say the traumatic shaking of the ground made a gardener cutting his hedge in Dover come over all funny, after a nice cup of tea and a digestive biscuit he made a quick recovery and finished his hedge cutting in good time.
Experts who know all about earthquakes say earth tremors on the South Coast of England are rare events. "We've been busy running our hands over the walls inside the England to France channel tunnel and no one has reported any cracks, a few of us shone our torches up at the ceilings but not one drop of sea water could be seen"
It took nearly all morning before electricity was restored to the devastated epicentre, by the afternoon all was back as it was.