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Date of Temblor That Hit Mission

October 22, 1987

In your Oct. 8 San Gabriel Valley section, you give the date of the earthquake that damaged the San Gabriel Mission as 1858. I believe the earthquake you refer to occurred in 1855. O'Flaherty in "An End and A Beginning" and Newmark in "Sixty Years in Southern California" both state that the 1855 earthquake centered near San Gabriel Mission was felt more strongly than the 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake.

ROSSITER L. WHITE

Temple City

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