A true and particular history of earthquakes: Containing A relation of that dreadful earthquake which happen'd at Lima and Callao, in Peru, October 28, 1746; pub. at Lima by command of the vice-roy, and now translated from the original Spanish; also of that which happen'd in Jamaica in 1692, and of others in different parts of the world. Accurately describing the dreadful devastations that have been made by those horrible convulsions of the earth; whereby mountains have been thrown down, or remov'd to great distances; cities, with all their inhabitants, swallowed up in a moment; whole flocks and herds, with their keepers ingulph'd in the tremendous chasms and openings of valleys; and large forests sunk, and for ever buried in an instant. Extracted from authors of the most unexceptional credit and reputation

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Page 159 - I ever saw, which grew still more extraordinary as we came nearer the stream. Imagine a vast torrent of liquid fire rolling from the top down the side of the mountain, and with irresistible fury bearing down and consuming vines, olives, fig-trees, houses; in a word every thing that stood in its way.
Page 106 - I could distinctly see a motion, like that of a screw, continually drawing upwards, and screwing up as it were whatever it touched.
Page 95 - ... a great calm, and the hills clear of clouds or fogs over them, which in the high lands are seldom so : likewise in hollows or concaves of the earth, or wells, there will be a great noise, as of a storm, and at night the stars will look very large with burs about them, and the...
Page 156 - In this new hill remained the two mounts or furnaces already mentioned : that on our left was in the vertex of the hill which it had formed round it, and raged more violently than before, throwing up every three or four minutes, with a dreadful bellowing, a vast number of red-hot stones, sometimes in appearance above a thousand, and at least three thousand feet higher than my head, as I stood upon the brink; but there being little or no wind, they fell back perpendicularly into the crater, increasing...
Page 131 - What can be more surprising than to see fire not only break out of the bowels of the earth, but also to make itself a passage through the waters of the sea ! What can be more extraordinary, or foreign to our common notions of things, than to see the bottom of the sea rise up into a mountain above the water, and...
Page 57 - I persuaded them at last to kneel down and make a large ring, which they did. I prayed with them near an hour, when I was almost spent with the heat of the sun and the exercise.
Page 55 - ... which has thrown down almost all the houses, churches, sugar-works, mills and bridges through the whole country. It tore the rocks and mountains, and destroyed...
Page 57 - I prayed with them near an hour, when I was almost spent with the heat of the sun, and the exercise. They then brought me a chair; the earth working all the while with new motions, and tremblings, like the...
Page 58 - I found the president safe, who was overjoyed to see me ; and continued that night, but could not sleep for the returns of the earthquake almost every hour, which made all the guns in the ship to jar and rattle.
Page 120 - ... several pieces of muslin and wearing linen, left on the large hair trunk, were thrown about the room, no way singed or scorched, and yet the hair on the back of the trunk, where the breach was made, was singed ; that the uppermost part of the linen within the trunk was not touched, and the lowermost parcel, consisting of more than 350 ply of linen, was pierced through, of which none was any...

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