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The Earthquake

Nature volume 30, page 125 | Download Citation



DARWIN relates that the earthquake of February 20, 1835, which overthrew Concepcion, although it was severely felt in Chiloe, yet on the neighbouring Cordillera (near Mellipulli) it was not felt at all. “Some men who had been employed in the mountains splitting fir planks, when they returned in the evening to Calbuco and were told of the shock, said that ‘about the time mentioned they recollected that they had not been able to strike fair with the axe, and that they had spoilt a board or two by cutting too deep.’ This probably is not so fanciful as it appears; at least it shows that if there was any motion it was of an exceedingly gentle kind” (Trans. Geol. Soc., vol. v. p. 605).

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