Tsunami 1929: The Silence of the Sea

Creator(s): Burin Heritage House Inc.

On November 18, 1929, an earthquake measuring 7.2 on the Richter scale out in the Atlantic ocean on the Grand Banks created a tidal wave. Travelling at a speed of 140 kilometres per hour, the tidal wave reached the Burin Peninsula at 7 p.m., two hours after residents in Burin had first felt the earthquake's tremor. The tidal wave claimed 27 lives, along with many homes, fishing equipment and winter provisions, leaving families destitute.

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