"We had a severe Shock of an Earthquake. It continued near four minutes. I was then at my Fathers in Braintree, and awoke out of my sleep in the midst of it. The house seemed to rock and reel and crack as if it would fall in ruins about us. 7 Chimnies were shatter'd by it within one mile of my Fathers house." - John Adams Diary, 18 November 1755
The earthquake John Adams described is known as the Cape Ann earthquake. It was probably a 6.0 to 6.3 magnitude on the Richter Scale and caused damage across New England. The Massachusetts Historical Society has an article about the Cape Ann earthquake linked below.
Residents of southern New England felt an earthquake yesterday, 8 November 2020. Yesterday's earthquake is listed as a 3.6 magnitude on the Richter Scale and people felt the earth quaking as far away as Long Island.
Image: Text on a sepia-toned paged entitled "Verses."
Jeremiah Newland's Verses Occasioned by the Earthquakes in the Month of November, 1755 reminded readers of the hand of God at work in the natural environment. His use of the word "earthquakes" in the title was no mistake--just 17 days prior to the Cape Ann earthquake, a massive earthquake struck Lis...