Friday, June 25, 2010

1934 Earthquake

The rumbling we felt Wednesday as a result of the 5.0 earthquake centered north of Ottawa made us take note of a line in this April 19, 1934 letter, written by Arthur Thayer to his mother from the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp in Tupper Lake:
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He says, "I went to work Monday in the woods for the first time.  I did not here [sic] the earth quake [sic] Saturday perhaps because I was in the snow."

This earthquake was at Dannemora, NY on April 15, 1934 and was measured as 3.9 magnitude. NYS has prepared an interesting chart listing recorded earthquakes in the state available here.  It was reported in the April 19, 1934 Tupper Lake Free Press as a non-event.

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Thanks to Rosemary Corcoran, who brought the letter to the Franklin County Historical & Museum Society's  CCC Reunion on Wednesday.

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