Severe earthquake garners fear | Turning Back the Pages

• One Hundred Years Ago, February, 1914 •

Severe earthquake garners fear

“The Logan Fault,” which geologists tell us is a split in the lower rock stratum of the earth extending along the Atlantic seaboard from Canada to Florida, made another slip, Tuesday, Feb. 10, 1914 which at 1:34 p.m. caused a severe earthquake shock extending from Montreal to Washington, D.C. and as far west as St. Louis. It continued from 20 to 30 seconds and while it lasted the earth quivered like a big ball of jelly, with a terrifying tremor which spread consternation wherever it was felt. Many people believed that the end of the world had arrived.

In Warrensburgh the shock was felt in its full severity. For the first 2 or 3 seconds it was the general impression that there had been a heavy explosion somewhere nearby. As the tremors continued, it became evident to all that it was something more than a mere local disturbance and it was first thought that buildings might fall and people rushed frantically from their homes out into the open.

In several Warrensburgh homes dishes were shaken from tables and pictures swayed on the walls and the vibration made things jingle but no major damage was reported and local people lived in dread that another shock would occur. In the past earthquakes were much more common than they have been in recent years.

The earth rocks in Corinth

Four tons of dynamite stored near the Corinth plant of the International Paper Company exploded at 1:10 o’clock Monday morning, Feb. 16, 1914 and jarred the town more violently than the earthquake did last week. Many windows were broken and people rushed out from their homes in terror. The explosion was caused by a fire of unknown origin in the building where the dynamite was stored.

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