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Messina – The Deadliest Earthquake in European History – 1908

Most people were sleeping when the tremors began at 05:21. The historic city of Messina shook violently for a full 30 seconds. Across the straits from Sicily, the Italian town of Reggio di Calabria imploded into rubble and dust in the same half minute. Buried in choking lumps of ragged stone and plaster, and tossed …

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The ‘Great Shake’ – The San Francisco earthquake – 1906

Over a century later, seismology is still learning from San Francisco’s 1906 ‘Great Shake’. The more we understand, the greater the disaster seems. In less than a minute the earth ruptured at a speed of 13,300 kph (8,300 mph) towards the north, and 10,080 kph (6,300 mph) towards the south, cracking open 477 km (296 …

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