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Summary of observations on earthquake phenomena made in Tasmania during 1883 and 1884

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Shortt, J (1884) Summary of observations on earthquake phenomena made in Tasmania during 1883 and 1884. Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania. pp. 263-270.

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Abstract

During the last eighteen months Tasmania has been visited
by so many earthquake shocks, that general interest has been
excited and favourable opportunities afforded for studying
some of the phenomena connected with them.
It is hoped that interest in these observations
may be thus stimulated, so that any shocks which
occur in the future may be more carefully observed and recorded,
and we may hope that in time many of the questions
which remain for solution may be satisfactorily
answered, and others on which one has to speak with great
caution may be completely established.
The great interest, indeed, of our earthquakes, in a scientific
point of view, is the occurrence of such a large number of
slight shocks close together in a country where they were
previously very rare.
In the month of February, 1884,
nearly one hundred shocks and tremors were felt at St.
Mary's, and in some months of 1883 and 1884 this number
has been exceeded. Similarly numerous are the reports from
Gould's Country and Moorina, so that since April 12, 1883,
when the first shock was recorded at Gould's Country, over
one thousand distinct shocks have been felt, besides many
which must have passed unnoticed.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Royal Society of Tasmania, Van Diemens Land, VDL, Hobart Town, natural sciences, proceedings, records
Journal or Publication Title: Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Page Range: pp. 263-270
Collections: Royal Society Collection > Papers & Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania
Additional Information:

In 1843 the Horticultural and Botanical Society of Van Diemen's Land was founded and became the Royal Society of Van Diemen's Land for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science in 1844. In 1855 its name changed to Royal Society of Tasmania for Horticulture, Botany, and the Advancement of Science. In 1911 the name was shortened to Royal Society of Tasmania.

Date Deposited: 30 Nov 2012 03:09
Last Modified: 15 Sep 2017 01:07
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