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  • Southern Italian peninsula and Sicily
    Saturday Mar 1, 1783
    1783 Calabrian earthquakes

    Weakest of the sequence

    Southern Italian peninsula and Sicily
    Saturday Mar 1, 1783

    This earthquake was the weakest of the sequence and caused relatively little damage. The earthquake is thought to have involved the rupturing of the northern segment of the Serre fault.




  • Southern Italian peninsula and Sicily
    Friday Mar 28, 1783
    1783 Calabrian earthquakes

    The final event of the sequence

    Southern Italian peninsula and Sicily
    Friday Mar 28, 1783

    The final event of the sequence was of similar magnitude to the first and had an epicenter about 20 km east of the fourth, near Girifalco and Borgia in the Catanzaro Basin. The earthquake lasted for about ten seconds, and many villages were destroyed with many hundreds dead in Borgia, Girifalco, Maida, and Cortale. Landslides were common and sand volcanoes were seen, particularly on the banks of the Amato river. This earthquake has not been tied to a particular fault, but a recent re-evaluation of the intensity data indicates that the isoseismal areas are elongated NE–SW, suggesting faulting of similar trend to that observed for the other earthquakes in the sequence.




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