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THE SOUTHERN CROSS. Tuesday, March 13, 1855

LUCEO NON UllO. "If I have been extinguished, yet there rise A thousand beacon » from the qpnrk I bore."

We extract the following from the ' Wellington Spectator' of the 7th Feb., for a copy of which we are indebted to private courtesy. Our own file, as well as the ' New-Zealander's' happens to be deficient of that particular number of the * Spectator.' The earthquake seems to hare been generally felt about the same time throughout New Zealand, at lease information to that effect has been received from every Province except Otago, from which there has been no arrival; and the 'Taranaki Herald" states, that the Josephine Willis, which had arrived there, felt tha Bhock about 9 p.m. on the evening of th« 23r«l, at tb*

distance of 150 miles from the coast of New Zealand, From measurement*, which have since been made it has been ascertained that the land has been raised to a height of from three feet six inches to four feet. All the shell fish attached to the rocks, that live below low water mark, in consequence of the elevation of the land are dead, and the number is considerable enough to cause a strong smell to be perceived by those walking round the east side of the harbour towards Evans' Bay. The Bally Rock off Point Jerninghain, -which was formerly 18 inches below low water (spring tides) is now about two feet above low water. About ten minutes after the first great shock a great wave entered the harbour, which was estimated to have been above twelve feet in vertical height ; from the n irrrvrentr ance of t'le hai bour compared to i s area very little damage was done by it, but in the open and exposed boat harbour at Te Kopi, all the buildings, &c, on the beach, were swept away by a similar wave. Two coasters, one from the Kaikoras, the other from Point "Underwood, on their approaching the harbour the next morning at daylight, passed through an immense quantity of dead fish, principally ling, and quantities of dead fish were found on the beach, and at Burnham water.

AuCKIAND. A private letter from Auckland, received by the Nelson, states — " We had a slight shock of an earthquake at a \ past 9 o'clock, p.m., on the 28rd Jan.; weather calm and hot, barometer high ; duration of shock, one minute ; direction-, from ea«st to west." — Sprclator. The Auckland correspondent has overstated the case. The vibration did reach Auckland; in fact, we felt it ourselves ; but so slightly, that it was a disputed point whether a shock had taken place or not. It lasted only a few seconds and many were altogether unconscious of what had taken place. It did not extend so far north as the Hay of Islands at all.

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THE SOUTHERN CROSS. Tuesday, March 13, 1855, Daily Southern Cross, Volume XII, Issue 804, 13 March 1855

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THE SOUTHERN CROSS. Tuesday, March 13, 1855 Daily Southern Cross, Volume XII, Issue 804, 13 March 1855

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