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Depiction of the earthquake in an engraving from 1696, possibly showing Catania - 1693 Sicily earthquake

Jan 11, 1693 to Jan 11, 1693

Italy

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1693 Sicily earthquake

The 1693 Sicily earthquake struck parts of southern Italy near Sicily, Calabria, and Malta on January 11 at around 21:00 local time. This earthquake was preceded by a damaging foreshock on January 9. The main quake had an estimated magnitude of 7.4 on the moment magnitude scale, the most powerful in Italian recorded history, and a maximum intensity of XI (Extreme) on the Mercalli intensity scale, destroying at least 70 towns and cities, seriously affecting an area of 5,600 square kilometers (2,200 sq mi) and causing the death of about 60,000 people.


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