On this day: the capture of the Emanuela

On the 10th of August, 1860, the slave ship Emanuela was captured by the British HMS Brisk, with 846 slaves on board. The slave trade had been illegal in Britain for decades by this time.

On the 10th of August, 1860, the slave ship Emanuela was captured by the British HMS Brisk, with 846 slaves on board. The slave trade had been illegal in Britain for decades by this time.

The Mozambique Channel Africa

The capture took place in the Mozambique Channel. The slaves had largely been captured during local wars and sold into the Arab slave trade.

Egyptian Slavemaster and Waswahili Slave

The Arab Slave Trade

The British converted the ship into the Royal Navy’s Enchantress.

The freed slaves who survived the horrible conditions were taken to Mauritius.

On this day: the collapse of the Piedra Movediza

El 29 de febrero de 1912 se derrumbó en Tandil la famosa piedra movediza. Esa tarde a las 17, sin que nadie pudiese explicarlo, soplaba una brisa muy suave.

The Piedra Movediza, the “shifting stone” in Tandil, Argentina, fell and broke on the 29th of February, 1912.

Piedra_Movediza_de_Tandil1890s

A popular attraction in the area, the stone fell sometime between 5 and 6pm. There were no witnesses. Various theories have been given for the fall, but nobody knows the truth.

On this day: the 1868 Arica earthquake

On the 13th of August, 1868, a magnitude 8.5 or 9 earthquake near Arica, Peru (now Chile) killed more than 25 000 people and destroyed much of the southern part of the country.

Arica after the earthquake (1868)

Damage in Arica in 1868

The tsunami(s) that followed crossed the Pacific Ocean and had effects as far away as Australia and Japan.

USS Wateree (1863) beached at Arica after she was deposited there by a tidal wave on 13 August 1868. Her iron hull was reasonably intact but salvage was not economical and she was sold where she lay.

USS Wateree beached in Arica

The tsunami drove three ships, two of them US ships, 800 metres inland, and did significant damage both in New Zealand (where it also killed one person) and Hawaii.

On this day: the 1812 Caracas earthquake

At 4:37pm on the 26th of March, 1812, an earthquake hit Caracas, Venezuela. Measuring 7.7 on the Richter scale, it killed between 15 000 and 20 000 people.

Ruinas de Cúa después del Terremoto de 1812 by Cristóbal Rojas

Ruinas de Cúa después del Terremoto de 1812 - Cristóbal Rojas 1812 Caracas Earthquake