Tidal Wave at Burin
DESCRIPTION: "The day began with sunshine." The earthquake strikes in the afternoon. Waves "going forty miles an hour" destroying ships and dwellings, drive people "to the mountain." Afterwards many "got their losses [back] and some a darn sight more"
EARLIEST DATE: 1951 (MUNFLA/Leach)
KEYWORDS: death disaster ordeal
Nov 18, 1929 - Earthquake centered in Gulf of St. Lawrence is followed by a tidal wave, with 26 to 36 lives reported lost. See NOTES.
FOUND IN: Canada(Newf)
Gerald Aylward, "Tidal Wave at Burin" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
John James, "Tidal Wave" (on MUNFLA/Leach)
NOTES: "Newfoundland Tidal Wave Claims Lives of Many -- Property Loss of Great Extent in Small Villages," AP, in Geneva Daily Times (Geneva NY, November 22, 1929), Vol. 35, No. 150, p. 1: "The tidal wave, 15 feet or more high, struck along the [Newfoundland] coast for a distance of 30 miles.... from Lamaline, at the tip of the [Burin] peninsula, to Rock Harbor [sic., s/b Rock Harbour], near the mainland." "Burin, the largest town affected, has a population of 1230 and is located on a narrow inlet. Reports said the wave reached a height of 40 feet there and swept away all property on the waterfront."
The Burin Peninsula is at the east end of Newfoundland's Southern Shore. - BS
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