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 capture took place in the Mozambique Channel. The slaves had largely been captured during local wars and sold into the Arab slave trade.
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.
The Piedra Movediza, the “shifting stone” in Tandil, Argentina, fell and broke on the 29th of February, 1912.
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.
A caricature of New Year in Santiago, Chile from 1910.
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.
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 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.
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