The disaster killed 28 people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. The 1929 Grand Banks earthquake (also called the Laurentian Slope earthquake and the South Shore Disaster) occurred on November 18. On 18 November 1929 a tsunami struck Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula and caused considerable loss of life and property. In 1929, Newfoundland was still its own country; it wouldn’t join Canada for another 20 years. Desperate rescues were launched in whatever craft had survived, for people clinging to debris or trapped inside floating houses. (Re-imagining based on real events. The 1929 Tsunami was the driving force behind Annie Daylon’s Of Sea and Seed, ... betrayal, war, and the effects of a tsunami that ravages the Burin Peninsula of Newfoundland in 1929. Although many settlements were able to rebound during the 1940s, when the Second World War brought much economic prosperity to Newfoundland and Labrador, others, such as Taylor’s Bay, continued to decline. The coastal steamer the S.S. Portia sailed her usual run towards the southern end of the Burin peninsula, but unlike her namesake from the Merchant of Venice, for her, there would be more than three caskets to choose from. In 1867, there was another tsunami that hit the U.S. Virgin Islands. On November 18th, 1929, a 7.2 earthquake shook Newfoundland, but the story starts between 201 million to 174 million years ago when Pangea, the supercontinent, started to break apart. The 1929 Newfoundland Tsunami Today in 1929. an earthquake which measured 7.2 on the Richter Scale erupted under water 65 kilometres south of Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula. The most destructive earthquake-related event in Newfoundland's history, the disaster killed twenty-eight people and left hundreds more homeless or destitute. In one case, a general store was carried inland more than 60 meters before coming to rest in a meadow with all of its stock intact and on the shelves. If it hadn’t been a calm night, it’s easy to think that no one would have noticed the little harbours being sucked dry. On November 18, 1929, a tsunami struck Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula. Almost fantastically, some structures detached from their foundations, floated free, and survived. as waves approach shore they increase in amplitude. Tsunamis are meant to happen elsewhere. Some did notice, some saw the rising walls of water surging up the long narrow bays and were able to flee to higher ground, some were not so lucky. It occurred on November 18th, 1929, and about five p.m. in the late afternoon, Newfoundland time. The Wake is Linden MacIntyre's very personal exploration of the 1929 Newfoundland Tsunami that destroyed a number of poor communities along the Burin Peninsula, which was followed a few years later by the opening of a few fluorspar mines around those same fragile communities. In 1867, there was another tsunami that hit the U.S. Virgin Islands. (Radiolab in New York, Atop the Podcasting World! "The Newfoundland Tsunami of November 18, 1929: An Examination of the Twenty-eight Deaths of the 'South Coast Disaster'." 2) Written like the uneducated inbred that you are . The 1929 Tsunami - A Look Inside. Compounding the effects of the tsunami were the beginning of a worldwide depression in 1929 and the collapse of the cod fishery in the early 1930s. Lawn is a small fishing community located on the tip of the Burin Peninsula along the south coast of Newfoundland. trigger is a point source; engery flows away radially with higher attenuation, characteristics common to all waves in ocean, water moves in forward-rotating circles, diameter of circles decreases with depth (L/2), causes waves to interact with the seafloor; starts when depth < L/2, friction slows waves, amplitude increases (wave breaks), created by friction, amplitude in open water 1-3m, controlling factors are velocity/duration/consistency of wind and length of water surface, period t is 5-20s, confined to first 100s m of water. In Linden MacIntyre’s The Wake, you will be moved by varying degrees of sadness and anger for the folks of Newfoundland primarily those that live in St. Lawrence. There was a large earthquake, about 250 kilometres south of the Burin Peninsula — so, off the southern tip of the island of Newfoundland — and this earthquake occurred at a depth of about 20 kilometres. On November 18, 1929, at 017:02 Newfoundland time, an earthquake occurred of the coast of Grand Banks, Newfoundland. Giant waves hit the coast at 40 km/hr, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire homes out to sea. The curious thing about a tsunami is that it takes away water a few moments before it makes landfall. trigger with magnitudes greater than 7.5, linear source/fault on seafloor, little attenuation, volcanic eruptions, landslides, impacts with space bodies. very long; 100s km, always interacting with seafloor (ocean deapth 5km < L/2), large mass striking at high speed; similar to rapid rising tide but no breaker shape, can cause destruction inland for 30 min. Stories of the event circulate in oral tradition, in narrative and song, as well as being recorded by the media and the popular press. Tsunami being a rare phenomenon in the East Coast region, the majority of people did not know what … On Nov. 18, 1929, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rumbled through the Grand Banks off southern Newfoundland. Learn how your comment data is processed. Giant waves hit the coast at 40 km/hr, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire homes out to sea. As a matter of fact…, I just had to comment because long gone are the days of the nice Newfoundlander, and there is a good reason for that. landslide generated a tsunami 2 1/2h after earthquake, 3 waves, local sea levels rising 2-7m. tsunami high amplitude waves in pacific ocean for 1 week, 1000 victims. A tsunami hit really close to the state of Maine in 1929. Caught fire and sank 27 July 1972 between Merasheen and Arnold's Cove, Placentia Bay. The tsunami of 1929 took the lives of 28 people. 10-60m with several waves where 2nd/wrd wave is the largest. Captain Kean saw a store floating past his ship on its way out to sea. 1929 grand banks 7.2, 1933 baffin bay 7.3 (no associated tsunami). particularly vunerable to tsunami because centrally located in the pacific ocean. ocean waves generated by underwater disturbances of the seafloor or by surface impacts. It always had been, until 1929. Giant waves up to three storeys high hit the coast at a hundred kilometres per hour, flooding dozens of communities and washing entire houses out to sea. The tsunami hit many different places causing towns to get damaged badly. Yet on November 18, 1929, the unthinkable occurred. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. In one house, a sleeping baby was rescued on a second storey, with the family having all drowned on the first. On 18 November 1929 a tsunami struck Newfoundland’s Burin Peninsula and caused considerable loss of life and property. Thus in the 1929 Newfoundland tsunami the tsunami wave heights were 3 m in St. Lawrence Bay and 7 m in Taylor's Bay, but the runup heights at the heads of the bays were about 13 m. As the tsunami begins to "feel" the bottom, it progressively interacts with the seafloor sediment, disturbing it and moving it. A tsunami moving at 140 km/h was racing towards Newfoundland. The aftermath of a tsunami that struck Newfoundland's Burin Peninsula on Nov. 18, 1929. For Captain Westbury Kean, it had been a normal day on the wet; tea, biscuits, and a game of 45s. As a resident of Lawn for 18 years, I grew up hearing stories about my grandparents experience during the Tsunami of 1929.