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The Daily Dispatch: may 7, 1861., [Electronic resource], Terrible earthquake in South America. (search)
Terrible earthquake in South America. --Total Destruction of a City and Awful Loss of Life. A letter from Valparaiso, April 2d, gives the following account of the destruction of the city of Mondoza, and the attendant frightful scenes. With feelings of deep regret I have to announce to you the utter destruction of the city of Mendoza, in the Argentine Republic, by an earthquake, on the evening of the 20th of March last. At that date, at half-past 8 P. M., a alight but prolonged v and irresistible force of the unheralded earth storm, we retire each night with a feeling of terrible insecurity. This coast has been frequently visited, in past years, by earthquakes. Chilean has been twice destroyed: Conception once, while Valparaiso, Santiago and Coptapo have suffered severely. No amount of human foresight, no precaution, avails against the mysterious visitor, who comes at dawn, at noonday or at midnight, and, in a few seconds, levels to the ground the proudest monuments