Natural Resources

Landslides

Date: July 26, 1912

Location: Brom Head, Petty Harbour

Easting: 370800

Northing: 5258200

Latitude:47° 28' 00" N

Longitude: 52° 43' 00" W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Evening Telegram , July 29, 1912

A very heavy rainstorm struck the Avalon Peninsula on the evening of 26 July 1912. A large landslide took place near Petty Harbour. The Evening Telegram reported:-

Shortly before midnight Friday and when the storm had abated somewhat the people of Petty Harbour were awakened by a terrific crash caused by a landslide near Brom Head where several times before something similar had occurred. The landslide occurred opposite H.A. Chafe's premises and hundreds of tons of rock and clay with some immense boulders fell. Fortunately no houses were near, nor were there any people about. One flake was demolished by the fall. The Petty Harbour road was badly torn up by the floods.

The Petty Harbour area has numerous steep slopes, and rockfall and avalanche incidents are known fromn the area. Heavy flooding and a landslide also occurred in St. John's during this same rainstorm.

 
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