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J. M. Gilliss describes the earthquake of 1819

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Original  text of J.M. Gilliss (1851):
Earthquake 11 de april 1819
Original text:


Molina says that the provinces of Atacama and Coquimbo have never suffered from earthquakes. This is incorrect. The city of Copiapó was visited by them about once in every twenty-three years, viz: in 1773, 1796, and 1819 (1818*). On this last occasion not a single house was left standing. After some minor shocks, that destroyed the church of La Merced, the principal one, which overthrew the town, took place on the 11th April, 1819, between 8 and 9 in the morning. It was preceded by a noise like distant thunder; and its effects must have been more destructive, had not the inhabitants had time to quit their houses. Many slabs of copper, which had been covered with sand by advances of the sea, were afterward dug out again.



Foto del terremoto en Copiapó 1922
Photo: Earthquake of Copiapó (1922) - entre Calle Los Carreras entre Yerbas Buenas y Gana
Colección Museo Regional de Copiapó



From: "U. S Naval Astronomical Expedición; The southern hemisfere: The Years 1849-50-51-52  - Liut. J. M. Gilliss, p. 258-259 (Colección W.Griem)
Traducido del inglés por W. Griem. Corrección de algunas unidades físicas.

Miranda, G. (1923): Álbum gráfico del terremoto del Norte. - 116p. Imprenta Universitario, Santiago - Chile.

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