Messina Italy, 1908
Earthquake & Tsunami
Shake and Quake
Monday, Dec. 28th 1908 at 5:15am
Messina & Reggio Calabria, Italy
On that dreadful, rainy Monday morning, an earthquake struck southern Italy. Most citizens were in bed asleep, only to be trapped and left to die. 90% of buildings collapsed, and an estimated 100,000 people were killed.
Thousands of homes destroyed
Citizens struggled to find structure among all the debris
Bridges and railways collapsed due to severity of the earthquake
Despite Italy being an earthquake-prone place, their preparedness is very poor. However, Italian government officials seem to have learned from a more recent earthquake where newer buildings crumbled to the ground just as easily as the historical ones. Thankfully, Italy has increased their resources and become better equipped to handle such situations.