Information and photographs about Misamari
Charles Morreale at Misamari
In August of 2007, Charles Morreale Jr. wrote about his father
experiencing theearthquake at Misamari [26° 48′ 0″ North, 92° 36′ 0″ East]
, India. Charles Morreale Sr.is now 88 years old.The offices and barracks (or bashas as we called them) were of teak frame, infilled withstraw and plaster of some sort.
Back in October of 1943 we had a very heavyearthquake
with lots of damage in neighboring communities; it was my first and I recallheavy noise as the earth rumbled and the office building where I was on duty just shook allover - hanging lamps swung widely and we all jumped through the windows and out ontothe runway. Luckily for us, we had no window glass—just wooden shutters which weclosed at times that the dust
storms came—but these are other stories.
[Editor’s note: an earthquake rocked Assam, India about 11 p.m. on October 23, 1943].
The epicenter of the earthquake of 23
October 1943 was possibly located near 26
E. Origin time- 17h23m16s UTC [22h53m16s IST]; Magnitude Mw 7.1
I remember once saying "Well, that railway's been washed away by floods, put out bybombing, swept away by landslides, closed by train wrecks; there's not much more that canhappen to it." But there was.
We had an earthquake that buckled the rails and shiftedbridges over a hundred miles of it.
– General Slim (Defeat into Victory IX p171)