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A heavy earthquake strikes San Salvador in Central America

Fire and Earthquake Disasters, iconic image
12/08/1859 to 12/09/1859
An severe earthquake shook the Salvadorian capital of San Salvador just before nine o'clock in the evening and lasted for two minutes and 35 seconds.  More than forty houses in the city were destroyed but there were no human casualties.  The quake was felt in surrounding towns, including Guatepeque, Tepocoya, Opico, and Nanhuisalco, where a fire broke out and destroyed more than two hundred houses.  (By John Osborne)
Source Citation: 
The American Almanac and Repository of Useful Knowledge (Boston: Crosby, Nichols, Lee and Company, 1861), 406.


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