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Port Royal, Kingston, Jamaica
 

The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes

 
 
The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 22, 2015
1. The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes Marker
Inscription.
The 1907 Earthquake
Port Royal

On January 14, 1907 at about 3:30 a.m. a severe earthquake occurred which affected the Kingston-Port Royal area. In Port Royal the shock caused the still standing walls of the sunken city to collapse. The most visible on-land effect is that which affected the Victoria and Albert Battery. The batty and approaching tunnels sank at the time of the earthquake causing the vents to fill in with sand. The Royal Artillery Store tilted at its present precarious angle earning the nickname of the "Giddy House."

Kingston
Kingston in particular, experienced one of its worst earthquakes. Without warning a series of shocks lasting less than a minute destroyed most of the city. Added to the devastation, was a fire that raged for about four (4) days. The fire hampered rescue operations and completed the destruction of the city.
At the end of the day, more than 800 persons had died and property valued at some two million pounds sterling laid in ruins.

The 1957 Earthquake
During the March 1, 1957 earthquake Port Royal lost an 8 by 600 foot long piece of land at the southern shore. This broke off and disappeared as the sea swept in. A few walls of the town were cracked but there were no casualties.
"One Port Royal citizen Mr. Betram Hall, District Officer, was fishing
The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 22, 2015
2. The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes Marker
Underneath the Fort Charles elevated walkway.
at that section of beach and ran as his catch, tackle and jacket vanished. Others who were fishing nearby fled as score of persons in the town ran from their rocking homes, many remembering that most of the ancient town had been swallowed up in the earthquake of 1692." The Daily Gleaner March 4, 1957

Captions:
The Albert Battery
Royal Artillery Store "Giddy House."
Courtesy of the Gleaner 1907
Mico Collage (sic, College) after the earthquake Courtesy of the Gleaner 1907
 
Location. 17° 56.095′ N, 76° 50.541′ W. Marker is in Port Royal, Kingston. Marker can be reached from Norman Manley Highway. Touch for map. The marker is inside of Fort Charles, underneath the southern elevated walkway.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Charles (within shouting distance of this marker); Horatio Nelson in Jamaica (within shouting distance of this marker); H.M.S. "Aboukir" (about 90 meters away, measured in a direct line); St. Peter's Church (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Lucas Barrett (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); The Historic Royal Naval Hospital (approx. 0.3 kilometers away); Welcome to Port Royal (approx. 0.4 kilometers away); 'Ye Olde Parade Bar' (approx. 0.4 kilometers away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Port Royal.
 
Categories. DisastersForts, Castles
 
The "Giddy House" or Royal Artillery Store image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 22, 2015
3. The "Giddy House" or Royal Artillery Store
The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes Marker image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 22, 2015
4. The 1907 and 1957 Jamaica Earthquakes Marker
The "Giddy House" and Albert Battery in the distance seen from the elevated walkway at Fort Charles. Note how the battery has been tilted due to the earthquake as mentioned in the marker.
Fort Charles from the elevated walkway, looking north. image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 22, 2015
5. Fort Charles from the elevated walkway, looking north.
Cannon from Albert Battery at Fort Charles image. Click for full size.
By J. Makali Bruton, November 22, 2015
6. Cannon from Albert Battery at Fort Charles
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico. This page has been viewed 320 times since then and 67 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on January 30, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.   6. submitted on February 13, 2016, by J. Makali Bruton of Querétaro, Mexico.
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