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The Central Europe Earthquake, November 16, 1911


ON the night of November 16, at 10.25, western Germany, eastern France, and Switzerland were rudely shaken by an earthquake of exceptional intensity. At Frankfort-on-Main houses were cracked, in Freiburg, Stuttgart, Munich, Mulhausen, and in other towns, chimneys and roofs were damaged. The valley of the Upper Rhine was shaken throughout its length. At Constance two colossal statues fell from the Post Office upon the pavement. According to reports in the daily papers, walls were split, church spires were wrecked, roofs were shattered, people were “thrown out of their beds,” telephone and telegraph communications were destroyed, and the path of the earthquake was marked by ruin from Magdeburg to Berlin. Everywhere terror-stricken people?” rushed “from their houses, and at Ebingen 500 of its inhabitants gathered round a fire during the night and recounted their weird experiences.


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MILNE, J. The Central Europe Earthquake, November 16, 1911 . Nature 88, 146 (1911).

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