On December 28, 1908 at 5:21 am an earthquake hit Messina, a town in Sicily, Italy as well as Reggio Calabria located on the mainland. The earthquake's magnitude was a 7.5 according to today's Richter scale. It lasted approximately 30 to 40 seconds and the destruction was felt within a 300 km radius. Moments after the earthquake hit a tsunami struck many of the coastal cities with forty foot waves causing even more destruction. This would be the fourth largest tsunami that ever occurred. Coming with no warning, and killing over 100,000 people in Messina alone, this earthquake and tsunami left the town completely destroyed, with 91% of its buildings down and weeks of searching for missing people. Considering the population of Messina was only 150,000 the death toll was devastating. This would be the strongest earthquake to ever hit Messina, and Europe.
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