More Earthquakes


On Tuesday last between the hours of 4 and 5 P.M. we experienced two concussions of the earth in quick succession: the first was of considerable violence, a slight snow was falling at the time.  The next morning, about 9, two others were felt.  Indeed within every [24?] hours since (anything in Liberty Hall to the contrary notwithstanding) one or more shocks have been sensibly felt.  But yesterday morning, between 3 and 4 o’clock, this town was seriously alarmed by a convulsive [throe?] far more violent than any before experienced, and which has occasioned damage to the walls and chimnies of some houses.  The rear wall of the Court-House had been cracked in places by previous shocks.  The concussion now under notice has added to the injury, by extending and enlarging some of the fissures, and rending the plastering of the Grand Jury room.  This shock lasted with violence for several minutes, and a tremulous motion succeeded for many minutes more.  It was accompanied with a loud noise: first, like the clashing of rocks together and next like the roaring of a furnace; or the passing of a tornado.  In 30 minutes afterwards, this shock [was?] succeeded by two others in quick succession, and slight.  A little after sunrise a fourth sock took place - - but it, too, was slight.  When the first occurred, the night was calm and clear.  The moon and stars shone bright. - - A haze afterwards pervaded the atmosphere.  We [here recur?] to another [fact?] - - which in a few similar [occasions?] has been noticed before, as well, in the Spy and in some of the distant papers - - that is, a [haze?] of light appeared in a north-western direction when the first shock began.  It is to be remarked, that during the rocking occasioned by the first violent shock, several persons were effected with nausea, and as to gentlemen, in particular, it excited vomiting.  Similar effects were observed, to proceed from former concussions.

Two other shocks occurred last evening at 15 minutes past 8.  About half past ten at nigt another took place, and lasted, with some severity, for nearly 2 minutes.  This was preceded by three flashes of light in a W.S. Western direction, and which appeared to rise from the earth.

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How to cite this article:  "More Earthquakes,"  Western Spy (Cincinnati, Ohio), 8 Feb. 1812, p. 3, available at