The Earthquake of Messina by F. Marion Crawford

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On the morning of December 28, 1908, a massive earthquake killed more than 100,000 people in Messina, Sicily’s third largest city, and took the lives of thousands more throughout southern Italy. Relief efforts began at once. Newspaper reporters and other writers from all quarters rushed to the scene of the disaster. Among all the accounts, the one that deserves a permanent place in history as the record of the tragedy is by the noted American novelist, F. Marion Crawford, who was staying at the time in Sorrento, a near-by Italian town.
Messina is situated in a volcanic region, close to the famous peaks of Etna and Vesuvius. Before the 1908 tremor, the city’s most tragic previous quake was in 1783, in which the death toll was 30,000. There had been subsequent shocks in 1894 and 1896; and the city had a grim premonitory warning in 1905, when an earthquake killed more than 500 people. But the survivors blithely went back to their lives and their work. They did the same even after what Crawford vividly describes as “the greatest disaster of history.”

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F. Marion Crawford was a popular American authorbest known for his novels set in Italy.Over the past 25 years New Word City’s writers andeditors - veterans of The New York Times, Newsweek,Time, Harper’s, and The Wall Street Journal - haveturned out some of the best-selling business booksof all time. Working closely with clients, the NewWord City team has produced more than 70 books, ofwhich more than 7 million copies have been sold.These titles have logged more than 500 weeks onThe New York Times, Business Week, and Wall StreetJournal bestseller lists.
Published October 1, 2011 by New Word City, Inc.. 3 pages
Genres: History.

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