Les échos médiatiques
internationaux en 1908
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"The most appalling disaster in the history
of Christian civilization occurred on the 28th of December, 1908,
when an earthquake destroyed the three cities of Messina, Reggio,
and Palmi at 5:20 o'clock in the morning. In thirty-two seconds
of time, it is estimated that 150,000 people perished.
The first symptom was rumbling noise, like a
peal of thunder, followed in a few seconds by a rough jolting
movement. The shock increased in strenght so tha few were able
to quit their dwellings before the heavy stone floors and staircases,
parting from their lofty walls, crashed down, generally followed
by the walls themselves. Not a house in Messina was left uninjured.
The streets were filled with debris from which great cloud of
A few seconds later a thirty-foot wall
of water (tidal wave) rushed in from the harbor and flooded
the lower parts of the towns. When the wave receded, it washed
the ruined lighthouses, the fragments of building, and dead bodies
into the sea. A little later, fire broke out among the ruins.
details of the earthquake carry a burden horror, and in the days
following, plague and starvation prevailed among survivors.
War vessels in the neighborhood sent relief parties
ashore, and a world-wide appeal was issued for contributions.
Relief came from all countries; naval vessels, soldiers, physicians,
quicklime, and food supplies were rushed to the stricken cities."