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EARTHQUAKE WAVE IN THE SEA.

PIGKON BAY, Wo aro indebted to Mr O. 11. Holmes for the following i— Tho ovcrHcer waa awoko by a rumhlliiff tioJho ahoufi 4, o'clock on l.h« morning of Iho 1 6th Iriflt,, which ho thou«ht wm the commeneomont oC a Htoi'm, but; looking out and Aoqliiff that the Hky was perfectly clear, and there wan no iilgn oil any rough weather, ho took no moro notice oil It. On going down to work fit 7ft.m,, ho found that Homo things he had placed abovo high WiUci 1 imii'lc tho prcvloun evening, had boon woflhod away ; and on looking round him, ho (ifHcovercd that tho tide luwl rl«cn ifi, hltfhM than tho highest high wnlor mm'k, Going down 1.0 tho wator'H edge ho perceived that It woh eoiiHidorably lower than tho ordinary low watermark ( prescn Uy, ho «aw tho water coming In with a gi'cat vm\\, and In ton minutes It wan a foot hlghoi 1 than Ihc ordinary high water mark, T had jmit eomo down to tho hoach whon Iho water wan returning, when ho mot mo and told mo all l;he facia I luivo related \ ho, alnotold mo that it great many thlngH belonging to a v«hh(jl at that time getting rcpjilrod, were washed away, On going round Iho hoach wo wore but'prided to hoo flnh oil all dcHcrlpi-lons lying .uhout, having been thrown uj) by tho water, All this llmo tho water kept rlHlug and falling about 5 feet; cvory half-hour, until 10 minutes to 10 a,m,, when it commenced to riiflh In very quickly, and It roHO 4 feet above higheHli high water mark. Ab 20 mlmitcfl ipanfc 10 a,m, II; fell equally fast, and wa« at •Itfl lowcflt point ftt'lo,«ls,i ftflftln ut H.IB a.m. 'Iho writer came In with a tremendous ruflh, .(wrvylnft away a Hinall jetty, and riomo garden fencing, whloh wan. about 4 feet abovo high water mark, and also destroying a great mumhor of choice gardon trooH, Ali 10 mlnulftH to IS it retired to Rh lowoat ■po'lnli, Advanelng again, It camo in with • greater 'force than any of tho previous waves, carrying away a boat-bonne, moro garden fonolng, and 40,000 foot of .timber, Htackcd 5 feet above highest high water mark, At '/S mlnuton pant 12 tho water retired ■onco more. At 40 minutes past 12, tho •water having risen 7 foot abovo tho ordinary 'high water mark, carried away another jetty, also iho kotoli Courier, «0 loiw, which ■yrm brought back within a few fool> of. her ■c>l(l bertb by the next niHh at l> minutes past 1 p.m. After this Iho walor continued to rims and fall at IntorvnlH of. about Uirec.-quaNorn of an hour, and each wave got smaller a« the tldo retired.

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EARTHQUAKE WAVE IN THE SEA., Star, Issue 81, 17 August 1868

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EARTHQUAKE WAVE IN THE SEA. Star, Issue 81, 17 August 1868

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