Talk:2007 Kent earthquake

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Article title[edit]

Not convinced the article should be called 2007 Folkestone earthquake. Every news report is describing the earthquake as the Kent earthquake. Also the epicentre actually was just of the Kent coast not right in Folkestone. The original title of 2007 Kent earthquake would probably be better. Davewild 10:12, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

There are precedents for naming earthquakes after a province or area affected such as 2005 Sumatra earthquake and 2001 Gujarat earthquake. As it is being reported everywhere as Kent earthquake this is surely a better name. Davewild 10:33, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

Presumably this is because the quakes were larger and more widespread? Also the names of the towns would less recognisable than the provinces. It was reported as the Kent Earthquake on TV on the day itself, before the precise location became clear. The BGS classifies it as the 2007 Folkestone Earthquake [1], and so should Wikipedia.

Delete sections?[edit]

The impact and human response sections are completly unsourced, as is the claim one women has been injured. I am inclined to think they should be deleted unless sources can be found. Davewild 10:46, 28 April 2007 (UTC)

I thought the same but decided to leave them stand for a while to see if people add some. --Monotonehell 10:51, 28 April 2007 (UTC)
I have now deleted the sections as no sources have been added and they were probably unencyclopedic anyway. Davewild 11:56, 28 April 2007 (UTC)


the British Geological Survey have nothing about this on their website yet, however they are quoted as saying the epicentre was about 7.5 miles off the Kent coast

The BBC website quotes local police as saying the crack in the cliff is unconnected

?if should mention channel tunnel unaffected as designed to withstand force 7? Esthameian 06:57, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

Re organised article[edit]

I have re organised the article to include information under appropriate headings as the information was previously all over the place and in no clear order. --Spagus 14:24, 29 April 2007 (UTC)

What do you build your houses out of?[edit]

From the article; "73 homes were found to be too badly damaged for people to return to, while 94 others were seriously damaged, and a further 307 suffered minor structural damage." All this from a magnitude 4.7 earthquake? Why are houses in Kent so unable to cope with a moderate earthquake? Lisiate 00:25, 1 May 2007 (UTC)

Considering that the population of Folkestone is 53,000 then I would roughly estimate that the number of properties are at least 15,000 (this is purely a guess). 474 damaged properties out of 15,000 is approximatly one in thirty. I think it should also be taken into account that houses in kent are not specifically designed to withstand earthquakes as they are relatively rare in comparison to other parts of the world. --Spagus 16:07, 1 May 2007 (UTC)
Folkestone is also built on soft clay, so most houses would have relatively weak foundations, making them more vulnerable to earthquakes. Laïka 16:52, 1 May 2007 (UTC)
Fair enough I suppose, particularly the soft clay thing. Lisiate 23:46, 1 May 2007 (UTC)


The appearance of the crack in the cliff would be one helluva coincendence, but I've put the citation for that line to the end, to make it clear that the actual statement "this may be coincedence" isn't OR. SGGH speak! 22:39, 5 May 2007 (UTC)

The coordinates given do not match their descriptions. According to Microsoft Auroroute, the BGS location is actually 500m west of the town centre, close the the Council Offices, not 1 km east. The revised location for the US Geological survey is 1 km off the coast at Hythe, not in Folkestone. (The area of maximum damage though, is in the North-East part of Folkestone.) 10:18, 16 July 2007 (UTC)


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Not Notable[edit]

There are approximately 6850 earthquakes stronger than this one in any given year As such, unless we are planning to add 6850 articles each year for every one of those earthquakes, I'm not sure this one really meets any notability criteria, beyond the fact that news was otherwise a little slow today. Wikipedia is ultimately an encyclopedia, not a newspaper archive. Rhialto (talk) 09:51, 22 May 2015 (UTC)

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