July 5, 1914

Earthquake Shocks

Earth tremors which violently shook buildings and so alarmed the inhabitants that in one place they fled from their houses fearing immediate collapse, were felt at noon on July 27 along the south western shore of Nova Scotia from Mahone Bay to Shelburne. The disturbances occurred a few minutes before noon, and were in most places felt in two distinct shocks. The earthquakes came from an easterly direction, and evidently spent their force at Shelburne, where only one shock was felt and that of less duration than elsewhere. Mahone Bay, Mader’s Cove, the Narrows, all reported shocks severe enough to rattle the dishes. At Bridgewater the shock was very severe, but no damage was reported. The distance between Mahone Bay and Shelburne is about one hundred miles. At Sable River which is about half way between these two places, the shock was so severe that mirrors were turned to the walls and the houses shook so violently that the people rushed to the open in terror, fearing that buildings would collapse. It was in this vicinity, a radius of twenty miles, that the seismic disturbances were greatest. At Liverpool, which is the next important station East of Sable River, on the Halifax and South Western Railway, there were two distinct shocks, one of twenty seconds and another following immediately of six minutes duration. All the buildings at this town were reported, and aside from the scare given the inhabitants by the phenomenal rumblings no damage was reported along the coast line.

Within the last thirty years there have been several local tremors felt in several of the towns on the south coast, but never anything to the general extent of these shocks.

The shock was felt in the southern district of Western Kings.