|La città di Lisbona, prima di questo cataclisma, contava circa 150.000 abitanti.|
Di questo cataclisma, il geologo scozzese Charles Lyell (1797-1875) fece un'accurata descrizione:
|Lisbon, Portugal |
1755 November 01 10:16 UTC
Magnitude 8.7 This earthquake occurred on All Saint's Day while many of the 250,000 inhabitants of Lisbon were in Church. Stone buildings swayed violently and then collapsed on the population. Many who sought safety on the river front were drowned by a large tsunami. Fire ravaged the city. One quarter of Lisbon's population perished. This earthquake had a profound effect on the intellectual outlook of Europe.
|Copper engraving, Netherlands, 1756) - Image and caption courtesey of the National Information Service for Earthquake Engineering image library. |