The Earthquake

Again forces itself into our columns. It is now the 41st day since this phenomenon began — and for the first three weeks every day witnessed its effects in one or more shocks. Since that time we experienced intervals of one, or more days together, in which the concussions were perceived; or, if perceived, not generally known. The awful phenomenon has again begun to alarm the fears of our citizens for on Thursday night, the 16th inst. there were 3 shocks (one so smart to throw off a brick from a chimney) between the hours of 11 & 1 o’clock; on Saturday another shock was felt and on Sunday, one of many others. No other concussions were noticed till 9 o’clock on Thursday morning last, the weather a dead calm & hazy, with snow upon the ground, when a very smart shocks occurred, equal in violence, say some, to that which happened between 2 and 5 o’clock of the 16th ult. It lasted about 3 minutes, and, in 3 minutes more was succeeded by another but slight and short shock. These two were accompanied with a tremulous effect on surrounding objects, of nearly 40 minutes duration, saving a few short intervals of rest. The preceding 3 or 4 days were intensely cold — but now the weather was a moderate temperature, and the snow began to thaw a little, the same day. About 9 P.M. there was another concussion, but too slight to be generally perceived, and yesterday morning, at the same hour, another shock took place. Others are expected in the course of the day — the atmosphere is charged with hazy like vapors; the temperature mild and the thaw general and rapid.The Southern mail, due on Wednesday last, arrived last night, brings nothing worth noting only that several shocks of Earthquakes was experienced at Natchez, the Eastern mail brought no papers east of Marietta — they contain nothing new.

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How to cite this article:  "The Earthquake," Western Spy (Cincinnati, Ohio), 25 Jan. 1812, p. 3, available at