A catalogue of earthquakes on the Pacific Coast, 1769-1897, Volume 37

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Smithsonian Institution, 1898 - Nature - 253 pages
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Page 8 - VI. General awakening of sleepers; general ringing of bells; swinging of chandeliers ; stopping of clocks ; visible swaying of trees; some persons run out of buildings.
Page 2 - First — Printed lists of earthquake shocks in the scientific journals, such as the lists of MALLET, PERREY, ROCKWOOD, FUCHS, TRASK and others. Second — Accounts of earthquakes in printed books, magazines and newspapers. Third — Lists of shocks put at my disposition by various gentlemen, specially a list by Mr. THOS. TENNENT, of San Francisco ; a list by Prof. HG HANKS ; and a very extensive collection kindly furnished by Mr. HH BANCROFT from his manuscript records.
Page 71 - Most of us went into breakfast, but had only got fairly into our seats, when, horror upon horror, the earth seemed rolling like waves upon the ocean; every one was thrown to the floor, only, on regaining their feet, to be placed in the same position again, accompanied with the rattling of dishes, the crashing of window glass, cracking of timber of buildings, and the screams of the frightened. You could not imagine a more perfect chaos. Some of us gained the door, and such a sight met our gaze as...
Page 95 - December 1C, at 9h. 17m. 30s. am, another light shock. This shock was felt as far south as Eugene, in Oregon, and as far north as British Columbia — probably even in Alaska. In Victoria and elsewhere on Vancouver Island the shock is said to have been heavier than at any other point heard from. In Olympia we have heard of but a single article broken or damaged by the shock. This was a statuette, which was thrown from top of a " whatnot " and smashed on the floor. In the Seattle stores, we are informed,...
Page 251 - Newspaper dispatches report the narrow escape of a party of tourists on Mount Hood on the afternoon of August 26 from an avalanche. The dispatches convey the impression of a volcanic eruption, but it seems entirely possible to explain the occurrence without any such assumption. A slight earthquake may have accompanied, or even caused, the avalanche. No reports have been received of any disturbances elsewhere on that day.
Page 36 - In Oregon City, on Rock Creek, near Portland, Oregon, explosions like those of a cannon were heard for nearly the whole of a day. At first these were about half an hour apart; then t'hey came nearer together, until at last they were no further apart than one minute or so; finally they died away. The water in Rock Creek did not run for three days. Verbal account of GEO. J. AINSWORTH, Esq.
Page 71 - Oregon Sentinel" the following letter, dated Fort Klamath, Oregon, January 8, 1867, giving the particulars of a fearful earthquake in that locality: "We have singular, if not serious, news to send by the express just leaving. This morning at daylight we were startled from sleep by the precipitate shock of an earthquake, immediately followed by the noise of a distant thunder. But in a little while quiet reigned; every one was conversing and laughing heartily over the singular •phenomenon, but our...
Page 7 - Microseismic shock: recorded by a single seismograph or by seismographs of the same model, but not by several seismographs of different kinds; the shock felt by an experienced observer.
Page 17 - It may thus be possible to fix the origin of the local shocks, and finally to be reasonably certain of its permanency. It also appears to me that the data seem to indicate that the greater number of California earthquakes have been the result of faulting in the underlying strata rather than due to volcanic causes directly.
Page 49 - ... River were thrown upon the banks, so as to leave the bed bare in one place. The current of Kern River was turned up stream, and the water ran four feet deep over the bank. The water of Tulare Lak'e (IX) was thrown upon its shores; and the Los Angeles River (IX) was flung out of its bed. Some of the artesian wells in Santa Clara Valley ceased to run, and in other places the water increased. Near San Fernando, a large stream of water ran from the mountains, where there was no water before. In San...

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