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Earthquake in the Andaman Islands


I SEE among the Notes in your last issue (p. 325) that there has been widespread seismic disturbance in Asia, including Ceylon, but unfortunately in no instance is the date given, which would have added very greatly to the value of the record. It may be interesting to give an extract from a letter I have just received from my brother, Mr. Harold Godwin-Austen, from Port Blair, Andaman Islands, which very probably was connected with the disturbance in Ceylon, and if so, it covered a very considerable area of the earth's surface, the distance being about 750 miles between the two places:—“Port Blair, January 2.—We had a very bad earthquake here on December 31, 1881, at 7.52 a.m. I thought the place was going to pieces. There has been a good deal of damage done to work and pucca (brick) buildings, and we had five high and low tides in three hours after the shock, and the sea did not quiet down all day. Since then we have had two or three slight shocks.”

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