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December 9, 2021

35 Incredible Photos of the 1907 Kingston Earthquake

The 1907 Kingston earthquake which shook the capital of the island of Jamaica with a magnitude of 6.2 on the moment magnitude scale on Monday January 14, at about 3:30 p.m. local time (20:36 UTC), is described by the United States Geological Survey as one of the world's deadliest earthquakes recorded in history.

Every building in Kingston was damaged by the earthquake and subsequent fires, which lasted for three hours before any efforts could be made to check them, culminating in the death of about 1,000 people, and causing approximately $30 million in material damage ($833.25 million in 2020).

Shortly after, a tsunami was reported on the north coast of Jamaica, with a maximum wave height of about 2 m (6–8 ft).

Here below is a set of incredible photos that shows street scenes of Kingston after the earthquake in 1907.

Earthquake devastation, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

1907 Earthquake Damage, Kingston, Jamaica

Cleaning up the damage, Kingston, 1907

Colonial Bank after the Earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Corner of King and Harbour Streets taken 8 days after the disaster, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Corner of King and Harbour Streets taken 8 days after the disaster, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Corner of King and Harbour Streets taken 8 days after the disaster, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Damaged church after the earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Earthquake damage, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Earthquake damage, Port Royal, Jamaica, 1907

Earthquake damaged building, Kingston, 1907

Earthquake damaged building, Kingston, 1907

Earthquake damaged building, Kingston, 1907

Earthquake damaged building, Kingston, 1907

Earthquake refugees, Kingston, Jamaica 1907

Edmanson Hall after the earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Harbour Street after the Earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Kings Street, Kingston after the 1907 Earthquake

Kingston, Jamaica after the earthquake, 1907

Kingston, Jamaica after the earthquake, 1907

Mico College after the 1907 Earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica

Parish Church after the 1907 Earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica

Parish Church Clock Tower, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Police guard earthquake damaged building, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Port Antonio Courthouse after the 1907 Kingston Earthquake

Port Royal Street, Kingston, 1907

Repairing earthquake damage, Jamaica, 1907

Roman Catholic Church, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Rubble strewn street, Kingston, 1907

Ruins after the 1907 Earthquake Damage, Kingston, Jamaica

Ruins of Garrison Church at Up-Park Camp, Jamaica, 1907

Ruins of St Michael's Church, 1907

Theatre Royal, Kingston, 1907

Two of the West Indian Regiment on guard after the Earthquake, Kingston, Jamaica, 1907

Wesleyan Chapel, Port Royal, Jamaica, 1907




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