Monday, January 03, 2005

The tsunami that hit Morocco more than 2 centuries ago

There is a reference to a giant earthquake that hit southern Europe and north western Africa, two and a half centuries ago. It was centered in the Atlantic off the Iberian coasts. It was followed by a tidal wave that hit Lisbon causing tremendous damages, with casualties in the tens of thousands. Morocco's coasts were also hit, resulting in more than 10 thousand dead. Many countries on the shores of both the Atlantic and the Mediterranean were also hit.

Here the original article were I read about this.

Earthquakes and End Times, Past and Present

Meaning and Meaninglessness in the December 26 Tsunami


Two and a half centuries ago a colossal earthquake probably measuring 8.7 to 9.0 on the Richter scale, centered 200 miles off the Iberian Peninsula in the Atlantic, shook Lisbon, Portugal. The tremor lasted a few minutes, immediately followed by a tidal wave. The water of Lisbon harbor was momentarily, mysteriously sucked back, revealing the carcasses of ill-fated ships. Then the ocean surged forward through the downtown area. Historians disagree about the casualty figure of this double blow, most estimates ranging from 30,000 to 90,000 (one-third the city's population). One-third of the city's buildings were destroyed.

Southwest Spain and western Morocco were also hit by great waves; in Morocco, 10,000 perished. There was moderate damage as far west as Algiers. Tidal waves hit the coasts of France, Holland, Belgium, Britain, and Ireland, then raced across the Atlantic Ocean, doing damage in Madeira and the Azores, and within hours even raising the surf in the Antilles, Antigua, Martinique, and Barbados.


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