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Recent Earthquakes

Nature volume 149, page 607 (30 May 1942) | Download Citation



A STRONG earthquake was reported on May 23 to have occurred in Colombia, South America. The town of Girardot, some sixty miles south-west of Bogota, is stated to have been partly destroyed, and shortly afterwards the island of Gorgona, in Buenaventura Bay, was submerged by a huge wave. This part of South America is particularly liable to experience earthquake shocks. Many of these from 1763 until 1936 have been described by J. Emilio Ramirez, S. J., and one reported by the British Association Seismological Committee in 1907 broke submarine cables off the mouth of the Esmeralda River on January 31, 1906.

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