QUAKE AT SEA
VIOLENT TREMBLING 'i
(By Telegraph—Press Association.) AUCKLAND, December 19. A submarine disturbance, thought to be connected with the earthquake in South- America, violently shook the New Zealand Shipping Company's motor-liner Eangitata, the day after she cloared the Panama Canal on route from London to Now Zealand. The liner arrived at Auckland today, and the passongcrs described the uncanny experience. The ship, they said, quivered from stem to stern for about 15 or -3.0- secgnds in a[ manner that made it seem that she was being shaken from different directions at the same time. Then she plotghed on steadily through calm and untroubled seas.
The disturbance occurred at. about 7 o'clock in the evening; when most of the pussougers were preparing for dinner. One man said he was 'in the smoke-room having a cocktail before dinner, and the- sudden and violent trembling of the ship "would have spilled his drink if he had not hastily swallowed it." . . ■ Captain Hunter, commander of the Eangitata, said the liner was travelling at her normal speed. The weather was fine and the sea calm. Suddenly without any warning and with nothing to disturb appreciably the surfaco oi the ocean; the ship shook convulsively. There was deep water in the vicinity and there was nothing in the peculiar motion to suggest that the ship had struck, a whalQ or any submerged^ obstacle. Later, reports were received by wireless stating, that a severe earthquake had been experienced at ban Salvador -and" Guatemala. It was thought the disturbance experienced by the liner was-- almost certainly connected with this earthquake.
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