Date: April 24, 1867
Location: Eastern Kansas
Milwaukee Sentinel, Friday, April 26, 1867.
An Earthquake in Milwaukee.
On Wednesday afternoon at about five minutes to three o'clock, a distinct shock of an earthquake was felt in various parts of the city. The sensations experienced by those who felt it are described as sudden and severe dizziness, causing one to stagger or fall, and the feeling as if one were standing on a boat and the waves rising and falling beneath his feet.
These sensations were experienced by a large number of persons, all of whom were affected in a similar manner. We are informed by Mr. Weiss, druggist, that at his place of business, on East Water street (the North Water Street of today), the shock was plainly felt and lasted about ten seconds.
At the office of Mr. ________, architect, opposite the Second Ward Bank, (the corner of Third and State Streets) the same sensations were experienced. While that gentleman and two of his employees were drawing plans they were suddenly disconcerted by a rocking of the house, and a cracking of the plaster. They rushed out and found that the brick walls of the building had been thrown out about four inches.
Other reliable persons confirm these assertions, and leave no room to doubt that a slight shock of a genuine earthquake visited our city. It is somewhat singular that such a phenomenon should appear at this high latitude.
It may be, however, that the shock which passed by Kansas City and St. Louis, about the same time on that day, reached Milwaukee before its force was expended.