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Date: September 17, 1848

Location: Bonavista



Latitude: 48° 39' 00” N

Longitude: 53° 7' 00” W

Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Royal Gazette, October 3, 1848.

The following was first recorded from a letter from Bonavista dated 20th September: ’On Sunday last, between the hours of three and four in the afternoon, a most strange phenomenon (if it may be so called) was observed here, namely the sudden receding of the water in this harbour, to such a frightful extent, that some of the boats grounded at their moorings on the collars, and by a return of a flow of the water in a few minutes, to a considerable extent covering the bedding or floor of the fishing stages in the place. Nothing of this kind has been known in this quarter since 1755, the time of the destruction of Lisbon by earthquake. I expect this has been observed in other harbours in the Island.’ A sudden and unaccountable rise of the tide was observed in the St. John’s harbour on the same day; but no damage was sustained in consequence of it.

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