Punch,  5 (1843), 78.

The Clerkenwell Earthquake



Reportage, Spoof


Public Health, Geology, Politics, Government

    Links the earthquake to the contact of a lighted cigar with sewer gases. Notes that the explosion forced the removal of the sewer's iron grating which in turn prompted a 'select Committee' of the City of London Commissioners of Sewers to 'sit upon it'. Adds that a member of the Geological Society has examined the 'ruins on a lamp post' on the spot, though his efforts have been frustrated by the gas company.

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