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Cost $1million and 28 Lives

18 Nov
The aftermath of the tsunami that struck Newfo...

The aftermath of the tsunami that struck Newfoundland in 1929. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On November 18,1929, at precisely 5:02 PM, south-west Newfoundland experienced a 7.2 magnitude earthquake and a half hours later, a tsunami came ashore.

By the time it was over, twenty-eight were dead and there was $1 million (in 1929 terms) of damage (that came to $20 million in  2004 terms).  Twenty-seven that day, plus one little girl couldn’t recover from her injuries and died in 1933.

That was bad enough.  But the next day, a winter storm caused snow, sleet and dropping temperatures to those victims trying to survive.

Brings to mind the recent damage caused by the recent storm Sandy, doesn’t it?

For more in-depth information, newspaper articles and photos, I suggest visiting Natural Resources Canada. Of course, you will also find it on Wikipedia’s dedicated page of the event.

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