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At 3.35 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the Harvard seismograph reported the tremors of an earthquake of moderate intensity within 200 miles or so of the vicinity of Boston. The actual force of the quake was spent in the first three minutes after it started, but the vibrations continued until about 5 o'clock in the afternoon. It was reported that a house in Malden was damaged by the shaking; and students in the laboratory of the University Museum were able to see the swaying of the towers above the Cruft High Tension Laboratory.
K. F. Mather, professor of Geology, and tutor in the department of Geology, when queried about the quake last night, stated that he believed its point of origin to have been the Fundian Fault Zone, in the Gulf of Maine. At this point there is a very ancient fracture in the earth's crust, extending from the Bay of Fundy, Southwest, to the region of Cape Ann. That zone has caused so many earthquakes in the last three centuries that whenever one is felt near Boston, it is suspected as being the cause. The last tremor was felt about Boston on January 7, 1925. Professor Mather believes that there may be a repetition of the event within the next two or three weeks, but that if it happens at all, it will not be of serious consequence.
Other possible origins of the quake are the Merrimac Valley, and the St. Lawrence Valley in Quebec. Professor Mather believes, however, that it is very unlikely that they were the cause of the tremor. Associated Press dispatches state that the strongest effects of the earthquake were felt in Nova Scotia, rather than in the vicinity of Boston.
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