Tuesday, May 1, 2012


January 25, 1849

Guam is rocked by continuous, undulating tremors.

The earth opened in several places, with houses falling into some of the gaping fissures.

One life was lost, because the woman, Josefa Lujan, was standing near the beach, and a wave rolled in and swept her out to sea.  Her 2-year-old niece was also swept out, but the waves threw her back on land, but unfortunately on rocks, bruising her face.

Some time later, Carolinian islanders arrived on Guam in their canoes, begging for permission to live in the Marianas.

The reason?  Their low-lying, tiny atolls had been swept over completely by enormous waves, around the same time as the earthquake on Guam.

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