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Hoskins describes a noise resembling a distant thunder-clap, which was 'immediately followed by sounds as of a railroad carriage rumbling over an irregular metallic surface [...] accompanied by distinct undulatory motion'. This was followed by a shock, the whole thing lasting from 10 to 15 seconds.

Annotations in ink throughout.

Subject: Seismology

Communicated by Roget.

Whilst the Royal Society declined to publish this paper in full, an abstract of the paper was published in volume 5 of Abstracts of the Papers Printed in the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London [later Proceedings of the Royal Society] as 'An account of a slight shock of an earthquake felt in the channel Islands. J. Elliott Hoskins, M. D., F. R. S.: in a letter to P. M. Roget, M. D., Sec. R. S., &c. Communicated by Dr. Roget'.

Reference number
AP/27/4
Earliest possible date
05 January 1844
Physical description
Ink on paper
Page extent
4 pages
Format
Manuscript

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Unpublished letter, 'An account of a slight shock of an earthquake felt in the Channel Islands' from Elliott Hoskins to Peter Mark Roget, 05 January 1844, AP/27/4, The Royal Society Archives, London, https://makingscience.royalsociety.org/items/ap_27_4/unpublished-letter-an-account-of-a-slight-shock-of-an-earthquake-felt-in-the-channel-islands-from-elliott-hoskins-to-peter-mark-roget, accessed on 25 May 2024

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