Port Royal, Jamaica was struck by earthquake that lasted an estimated 3 minutes, but in those 3 minutes around 1600 people died and 3000 injured. Port Royal was the buccaneer capitol of the Caribbean and was considered the most wicked city in the world at that time. The earthquake was seen by most people as God's judgment against the town.
In the early 1960's scuba divers started archeological work on the sections of the city which had collapsed and were covered by the ocean during the quake. What they found was a almost perfectly preserved time capsule from 1692 with countless artifacts. The work continues to this day.
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