Black rain

Earthquakes occurred in England in 1884, according to correspondents in¬†Nature, 30-6, during the same time that there were black rains. “An intense darkness” happened during this time at Preston, England (April 26, 1884), and a black rain at Crowle, near Worcester, on the same date. Two days later, near Church Shetton, was another black rain so intense that brooks were still dyed with it the next day. Another black rain occurred in the area on May 3.

–Charles Fort, The Book of the Damned, p. 31 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

An illumination so brilliant

In Symons’ Met. Mag., 29-8,¬†appears the account of brilliant light accompanying an earthquake and the sound of an explosion. It happened on Jan. 25, 1894 at 9:30 p.m., 20 miles west of Hereford at Llanthomas and Clifford. Half an hour later, near Hereford and Worcester, an earthquake was felt (Nature, 49-325). Symons’ Met. Mag. also records that at Stokesay Vicarage in Shropshire, occurred “an illumination so brilliant that for half a minute everything was almost as visible as by daylight.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p. 476 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).

The London triangle

An earthquake apparently occurred on Dec. 17, 1896, centered around Worcester and Hereford, called by Fort the London Triangle. This area had experienced quakes as far back as 1661, accompanied by lights in the sky. The English Mechanic, 74-155, reports a ‘strange meteoric light’ that was seen in the sky at Worcester during the 1896 quake. It was considered the severest earthquake felt in the British Isles in the 19th century, with the exception of one in April 22, 1884. A book on the subject, The Hereford Earthquake of 1896, reports a luminous object in the sky that ‘traversed a large part of the disturbed area,’ a meteor that “lighted up the ground so that one could have picked up a pin.”

–Charles Fort, New Lands, p475-477 (The Complete Books of Charles Fort, Dover, c1974).