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The Recent Earthquake


AT the Cross Farm, East Mersea, on April 25, I was shown in the garden two places where water, it was said, spouted up shortly after the shock on the 22nd. They were about ten yards apart on a freshly dug piece of ground on a slight slope, and the woman who lived in the house close by informed me that after the shock she had observed water spouting out from them, and that it continued to do so until after her dinner, which was at one o'clock, when it ceased. There was enough water she said to cause a small stream to run down from each place towards her house, where they formed a puddle; her husband tasted the water and told her it was brackish. There was still evidence of the truth of this statement: the earth at each spot was damp, as was also a small channel which the water had made running down the slope. It appeared as if a small underground water-pipe had burst and the water had been forced above the surface. Cross Farm, I believe, is about a quarter of a mile from the sea, and perhaps twenty feet above its level.

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