Location of The Earthquake

The Earthquake

The Earthquake is the name given to a series of narrow fissures running along the west side of the island. Tradition says that they were formed by the Lisbon earthquake of 1755 but modern geological opinion suggests that this is unlikely. Their origin thus remains a mystery but weathered faulting of the granite seems most likely; with the possibility that early mining activity may be responsible.

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