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Massive Earthquake in Caracas, Venezuela

Caracas lies in ruins after the deadly 1812 earthquake
Caracas lies in ruins after the deadly 1812 earthquake

Historical Context

The Caracas earthquake of 1812 occurred at 4:37 p.m the 26th March and measured 7.7 on the Richter magnitude scale. Two major shocks struck the city and that of La Guaira, Barquisimeto, San Felipe, and Mérida and an estimated 15-20,000 people died.

The damage was so widespread it was suggested that the capital Caracas be re-located at one point. The quake occurred in the midst of the Republican Revolution war and deep in Patriot territory. It was also Holy Sunday and thousands died inside churches as they collapsed around them.

Painting Info

Date taken: March 26, 1812
Location painted: Caracas, Venezuela

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