On this day: the Kingston earthquake in 1907

Kingston_(1907) View of Kingston Jamaica damaged after the earthquake in 1907

Kingston in 1907, showing destroyed buildings. Source

On the 14th of January, 1907 an earthquake struck Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica.

Hitting at 3:30pm and measuring 6.5 on the moment magnitude scale, the earthquake killed between eight-hundred and a thousand people and flattened 85% of the buildings in the area.

Following the earthquake a fire broke out, causing more damage. A tsunami hit soon afterwards, flooding the lower parts of town.

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