The Porto Rico Earthquake of 1918 with Descriptions of Earlier Earthquakes; Report of the Earthquake Investigation Commission
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1919 edition. Excerpt: ... hundred feet, ' was seen to rise like one huge wave and come in toward the harbor. It stood up like a straight white wall, about from 15 to 20 feet high, and advanced very fast into the harbor, sweeping or upsetting small vessels before it, and raising the large men-of-war and steamers to its top. The appearance of this wave was like a white masonry wall, erect and straight as if built with the aid of a rule; it.had not the apfiiearance of ordinary waves. t broke in over the lower arts of the town to the heig t of a couple of feet and to the extent of about 250 feet inllind, according to the level of the loca ity. The rising of the waves was repeated a second time after an interval of about ten minutes, and the second appeared to be even a little 1 er than the first and went a little farther inland. A er these two waves had pnsliii away, the ocean remained, as far as the eye could see. quite calm again, just as it was before the first shock of the earthquake ad occurred. The shocks continued and were felt every few minutes. It was as if the shocks of the first day hung together in one chain, but from 2.45 o.clock on the morning of the 19th of November, the shocks were felt more separately and distinct, and, therefore, seemed as if they were more frequent. From 2.45 o'clock p. m. on the 18th till 2.45 a. m. on the 19th there were 89 shocks. From 2.45 o'c1ock a. III. the 19th till midnight there were 238 shocks. The shocks became less severe from the 21st of November. The effects of the great waves in the harbor of St. Thomas are graphically described in the following reports of United States naval officers: Fmosnrr "SUsQvEnANNA," St. Thomas, W. I., November 19, I867. Sm: I beg to inform the department of an extraordinary...
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