1887 - TERRIFIC UPHEAVAL. REMARKABLE EFFECT OF AN EARTHQUAKE IN ARIZONA. SEVERAL MOUNTAIN PEAKS CRUMBLE NEATH THE SHOCK - OTHERS SUDDENLY DEVELOP INTO BLAZING VOLCANOES - MUCH DAMAGE TO PROPERTY.
Tucson, A.T., May 6. - This place was shaken by an earthquake at 2:12 p.m. Tuesday. No one was injured, but considerable damage was done to buildings. Goods were thrown from the shelves in stores and many houses here were cracked. The shock was accompanied by a rumbling sound. Many clocks were stopped and the entire population fled to the streets terrorstricken. The court house cupola swayed like the mast of a ship in a turbulent sea and the building seemed as though it were toppling over. When the shock struck Santa Catalina mountain great slices of the mountain were torn from its side and thrown to its base. Vast clouds of dust rose above its crest 7,000 feet above the sea level at three to four miles apart. It was believed for some time that a volcano had burst out of the crest of the mountain. One towering peak known as Old Castle, a prominent landmark from Tucson, has entirely disappeared. The extent of the damage can not be told for several days.
This was the first earthquake ever experienced in Tucson. The public school building rocked to and fro like a cradle and some of the plastering fell, causing the utmost consternation among the scholars. The school was at once dismissed for fear of a repetition of the shock. The disturbance lasted, according to a man who timed it, just four minutes. One or two slight vibrations have since been felt. The movement of the tremor was from the northwest. Shortly after the earthquake a volcano broke out twenty-two miles south of this place in Total Wreck mountains and the sky is brilliantly illuminated. The shock was felt from Centerville, Cal., through Arizona and New Mexico, to El Paso, Tex. It was also felt at Guaymas, Mex.
It is believed that a volcano is in active eruption in the San Jose mountains or on the border of Sonora, Mex., about seventy-five miles southwest of here. Thesday afternoon black, curling smoke was plainly visible, and all last night fires were intermittent, bursting into bright light and then apparently dying down only to burst out again. A private telegram received from Fort Huachuca says that General FORSYTH, commanding the post, will head the investigating expedition. Advices from Pantano, Total Wreck, Criterion, Hope and elsewhere show that the earthquake was general throughout Arizona. There is no part of the city which does not show its effect. It will be some time before the full effect of the earthquake in the Santa Catalipa mountains can be learned, as the range is one of the most rugged and difficult of access in the Territory...
The Decatur Daily Review
May 6, 1887
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