The Last Big One: Accounts from 1857
Los Angeles Star, January 10, 1857
Yesterday morning, about half-past eight o'clock, a very severe shock of an earthquake was felt here, the vibrations continuing for fully two minutes.... Several houses were slightly cracked ... but no material damage was sustained. Doors were slammed to and fro, water was turned out of bowls and pitchers, and in the river the water rushed violently to one bank and then back again, the motion being repeated several times. In some places the earth is represented as having undulated as a field of wheat moved by the wind. It caused a general turn out, some rushing from their beds without stopping to dress.
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