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Telegraph from the Washington Star to the New York Times, April 30, 1852 describing a earthquake that hit the Washington, D.C. area on April 29, 1852. The report details that three distinct shocks were felt by clerks in the area.


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  • April 30, 1852
  • 1852

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  • Earthquakes
  • Newspapers
  • Reports
  • Meteorology

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Number of Images: 1; Color: Black and White; Size: 10w x 8h; Type of Image: Document; Medium: Photographic print

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