Wednesday, May 28, 2014

May 16, 2014 - Part 22

This building has an interesting roof line.  We thought that was all there was to see, until we rounded the corner and found this sign:
The Charleston Earthquake of 1886 was a powerful intraplate earthquake estimated to have been between 6.6 and .3 on the Richter scale, one of the most powerful and damaging quakes to hit the southeastern United States.  It caused severe damage in Charleston, damaging 2,000 buildings and causing between five and eight million dollars' worth of damage (over $141 million in 2009 dollars), while in the whole city the buildings were only valued at approximately $24 million. Between 60 and 110 lives were lost.  It was felt as far away as Boston, Massachusetts to the north, Chicago, Illinois and Milwaukee, Wisconsin to the northwest, as far west as New Orleans, Louisiana, as far south as Cuba, and as far east as Bermuda.

Good thing the union was around to help us rebuild!  :)

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