The 1737 Calcutta earthquake and cyclone evaluated

@article{Bilham1994The1C,
  title={The 1737 Calcutta earthquake and cyclone evaluated},
  author={Roger Bilham},
  journal={Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America},
  year={1994}
}
  • R. Bilham
  • Published 1 October 1994
  • Geology
  • Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America
Catalogs of historically devastating earthquakes (e.g., Dunbar et al., 1992) contain an entry for an earthquake in Calcutta in 1737 that is held responsible for the loss of 300,000 lives, thus rendering it one of the three most disastrous earthquakes in history. Yet, evidence for a severe earthquake is weak, consisting of anonymous reports conveyed to Europe 6 months later by merchant ships returning from Bengal. Official accounts of the disaster submitted to the East India Company… 

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