An illumination so brilliant

In Symons’ Met. Mag., 29-8,¬†appears the account of brilliant light accompanying an earthquake and the sound of an explosion. It happened on Jan. 25, 1894 at 9:30 p.m., 20 miles west of Hereford at Llanthomas and Clifford. Half an hour later, near Hereford and Worcester, an earthquake was felt (Nature, 49-325). Symons’ Met. Mag. also records that at Stokesay Vicarage in Shropshire, occurred “an illumination so brilliant that for half a minute everything was almost as visible as by daylight.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p. 476 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

The London triangle

An earthquake apparently occurred on Dec. 17, 1896, centered around Worcester and Hereford, called by Fort the London Triangle. This area had experienced quakes as far back as 1661, accompanied by lights in the sky. The English Mechanic, 74-155, reports a ‘strange meteoric light’ that was seen in the sky at Worcester during the 1896 quake. It was considered the severest earthquake felt in the British Isles in the 19th century, with the exception of one in April 22, 1884. A book on the subject, The Hereford Earthquake of 1896, reports a luminous object in the sky that ‘traversed a large part of the disturbed area,’ a meteor that “lighted up the ground so that one could have picked up a pin.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p475-477 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Sound and shock were violent

In Michigan, Nov. 27, 1919, a violent shock was felt, similar to one on Sept. 27 of the same year in Reading, England. People rushed from their homes, the New York Times reported the next day, thinking there had been an earthquake. At the same time, in Indiana, Illinois and Michigan, a “‘blinding glare’ was seen in the sky.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p523 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

Only by coincidence

Ponton’s Earthquakes, p. 118, describes an earthquake in Illinois preceded by “‘a luminous appearance, described by some as a meteor and by others as vivid flashes of lightning’” on October 8, 1857. Although felt in Illinois, the center of the event was in St. Louis, Missouri. Something “exploded terrifically in the sky,…and shook the ground ‘severely’ or ‘violently,’ at 4:20 a.m., Oct. 8, 1857.” Timbs’ Year Book of Facts, 1858-271, says that “’a blinding meteoric ball from the heavens’” was seen. The St. Louis Intelligencer of that date also describes the “large and brilliant” meteor. The New York Times reported that it sounded “’like thunder or the roar of artillery.’”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p406 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).