The day was Wednesday, January 13, 1993. I had just turned 14 years old on that memorable day and, being very proud in achieving this milestone in my budding teen years, I strutted through the day at school on the proverbial cloud nine.
The newspapers operating in Kingston at this time that got back into operation soon after the disaster were the Jamaica Gleaner and the Daily Telegraph. Of the two the Jamaica Gleaner was the first to resume operations with a shortened version of their usual paper on Saturday, January 19, 1907.
On Monday, January 14, 1907, at exactly 3:30 p.m., the business and residential districts of Kingston, Jamaica, tumbled down after the first major shock of an earthquake, estimated to have lasted upwards of 35 seconds. But the earthquake was only the beginning. Major fires broke out immediately throughout the city, bringing further death and destruction wherever the hungry flames fanned their orange tongues.