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Lecture #21. Shake Turbulence in the Early Republic
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I. The New Madrid Earthquake,  1811-12 From Lorenzo Dow's Journal , Published By Joshua Martin, Printed By John B. Wolff, 1849, pp. 344 - 346. New Madrid, Territory of Missouri, March 22, 1816 Dear Sir, In compliance with your request, I will now give you a history, as full in detail as the limits of the letter will permit, of the late awful visitation of Providence in this place and vicinity. On the 16th of December, 1811, about two o'clock, A.M., we were visited by a violent shock of an earthquake, accompanied by a very awful noise resembling loud but distant thunder, but more hoarse and vibrating, which was followed in a few minutes by the complete saturation of the atmosphere, with sulphurious vapor, causing total darkness. The screams of the affrighted inhabitants running to and fro, not knowing where to go, or what to do - the cries of the fowls and beasts of every species - the cracking of trees falling, and the roaring of the Mississippi - the current of which was retrogade for a few minutes, owing as is supposed, to an irruption in its bed -- formed a scene truly horrible.
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This note was uploaded on 12/03/2009 for the course HISTORY 7a taught by Professor Einhorn during the Fall '08 term at University of California, Berkeley.

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