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Local Date and Time:
December 14, 1872 at 9:37 pm Pacific time
UT Date and Time:
1872-12-15 05:37 UT
This large earthquake occurred on
Saturday December 14, 1872 at 9:37 pm. The magnitude has been estimated
at 7.4. The exact location is uncertain, but it appears to be in
northern Washington State, about 100 km or more south of Hope, B.C. The
strongest shaking, and most of the aftershocks were reported in the
Lake Chelan area in Washington State - suggesting that region was
the closest populated area to the epicentre. However, because of the
sparse population in 1872, it is impossible to assign an accurate
epicentre based on felt reports or the aftershock information.
The shaking was strong enough to frighten people and cause them
to run out of buildings in Victoria, New Westminster, and Yale, B.C.,
and in Seattle, Washington. The earthquake was reported felt from central
British Columbia in the north (Quesnel) to central Oregon in the south (Salem)
and east into the present day Alberta and Montana.