Science: Portents

Jutting out in the Atlantic about a third of the way from Lisbon to Philadelphia, are the Azores Islands. Chief of them is Fayal, where the little stone houses of Horta—toy houses of pure pink, blue, yellow and white—rim the smooth-curved harbor. . . . One day last week the volcanic crust of the earth subsided under Fayal. Some 1,500 of the little stone houses of Horta trembled, crumbled, fell down. A tidal wave washed in to paw their ruins.

Confused despatches put the death toll between 10 and 50. Some 400 were injured....

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