The Great Landslips in Queensland.
< Most extraordinary landslips in consequence of the late rains and floods have occurred at Minden, one of the farming centres in the Rosewood scrub, which gave rise to a report that a severe earthquake had taken.place there. Cracks and fissures of many feet deep have opened in all directions, and large areas of land moved bodily. Houses were destroyed, and whole farms ruined. A Courier " correspondent visited the locality, and the following is his description of one case out of several: An elderly German farmer, named Gadischke, was on Monday last sitting inside his house with his family, the rain outside falling in torrents, while the wind blew with the force of a gale. Suddenly a report like that of a hundredton gun startled the family, and threw them into consternation. This report •was followed hy a second, and then a dull rumbling noise like thunder ; but they knew the sound came from underground, and the house commenced to rock in all directions. ■ Gadischke ran to the door just in time to see his barn totter and fall to the ground. He was terrified. He saw the ground cracking in all places, and felt it moving. A third horrible report taking place, he , rushed inside again, determined at Sti&hazards to take hia family, who were all screaming with fear, to some place of safety. The house was still shaking and the rumbling continued. The family fled to the d 0.0% but seeing that great gaps were continually appearing in the moving ground, they were afraid to venture from the house lest they should step into one of the fissures and disappear. A galvanised iron tank full of water alongside the house was thrown off the stand, and, rolling down the hill, crashed into the cowhouse. Simultaneously with another deafening report, Gadischke saw his cowhouse become a wreck. The rumbling continued and the ground moved for two and a-half hours, not stopping till 4.30 in the afternoon, loud reports going off at intervals during the whole time. The rain continued to fall in blinding sheets the whole time The poor old man removed his terrified family to some friends, then himself went back to sco what, he could save. His land in this part, extending over 12, acres, is entirely destroyed, :a£id within £lthis area ■were the whole of the unfortunate old Uow'3 buUdjngs, and these are bppe-
lessly wrecked. Back of his farm another large area, extending over eight or 10 acres, has moved, and this was covered with a nice crop of com. In the fruit garden cracks and fissures can be seen 12ft to 20ft deep. The whole of the man's property is hopelessly destroyed. Other farms had suffered in a precisely similar manner, and at least 80 acres of land have bodily shifted in some places to a depth i, of 40ft. The farmers are completely ruined. The occurrence caused great excitement in the district.
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The Great Landslips in Queensland., Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890
The Great Landslips in Queensland. Ashburton Guardian, Volume VII, Issue 2390, 1 April 1890
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