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Date: December 16, 1894

Location: Cartwright





Fatalities: 0

Injuries: 0

Source: Hudson's Bay Company archives and Cartwright Post Journal (B.259/a/10/15v.) and Manitoba Morning Free Press, May 16, 1895

Walllace Maclean loacted these descriptions of an earthquake incoastal Labrador

Cartwright Post Journal

Sunday 16th [December 1894]. A very fine day wind W moderate. There was a heavy Shock & a noise felt here this evening at 3.20 p.m. which made the ground and the houses tremble. It was very heavy. It lasted 2 or 3 minutes. It must be an eruption or land slip or the sound of distant earthquake. The horizon was very clear all over and sun shining at the time. Mr. Dicks was holding service at the time.

Second account, Manitoba Morning Free Press


Mr. J. S. Mesher, of this city, has received a letter from a friend in Labrador in which he tells about a shock of an earthquake felt there on December 16th last. The writer says: “It was about 3:30 p.m., on Sunday; it was a bright, calm, fine day; we were engaged in public worship, in a private home; suddenly we heard a rumbling sound of distant thunder, which rapidly increased until it sounded like the loudest thunder-storm. Suddenly a rushing, mighty wind seemed to strike the house, while ten thousand thunders prevailed. The house shook and tottered; the floor being in great commotion under our feet, and we had difficulty to keep ourselves from being thrown down. We thought the judgment day had come, so terrible seemed the sound, not exactly like thunder, and so unlike anything else we had ever heard—that we thought it must be the trump of God. The shock continued at its highest for about two minutes, and then gradually subsided.'

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