The Charlevoix Earthquake of 1870


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Today, 90 per cent of the people of Charlevoix live within the impact zone due to its relatively flat terrain. In this photo, Baie-Saint-Paul is on the lower left, with Île aux Coudres in front of it. La Malbaie, at top right, is at the opposite edge of the impact basin.

On Oct. 20, 1870, a 6.5-magnitude earthquake, centred near Baie-Saint-Paul, was felt throughout eastern Canada and in the United States. The impact was felt as far west as Iowa and as far south as Virginia, over an area of more than a million square miles.

The Morning Chronicle provided extensive reports in the days that followed.