1908 Messina and Reggio earthquake and tsunami newspaper article- Tom Malmay

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1908 Messina and Reggio earthquake and tsunami newspaper article- Tom Malmay - VOL XCIII T EARTHQUAKE AND TIDAL WAVE SPREAD...
VOL XCIII T EARTHQUAKE AND TIDAL WAVE SPREAD RUIN Towns in Rains in Sicily and Italy Enormous Damage Done and Hundreds Said to Have Perished Thousands Made Homeless A ROME December The three provinces of Coensa Catan - saro andReggio df Calabria comprisingtlic Department of Calabria which forms the southwestern extremity of Italy or the toe of the boot were devastated to - day by an earth quake tho far - reaching effects of which were felt almost throughout the entire country The town of Messina in Sicily was partly destroyed and Catania was inundated In Messind hundreds of houses have fallen and many persons have been killed Chungs however to the fact that telegraphic and telephonic1 communications were almost completely destroyed it js impossible to obtain even an approximate idea of the great damage done The fate of the entire region within the zone of the earthquake is unknown but reports received here up to a late hour to - night indicate that the havoc has been great and the destruction to life and prdpcrty more terrible than Italy has experienced in many years The uncertainty of the situation for many thousand Las filled alt j Italians with deepest distress for they stilt hac fear that the day may tome when that part oi the country which bcenn to hac been hkM blessed by nature will be destroyed by the blind forces of that same nature which nearly nineteen centuries ago overwhelmed Pompeii and llerculancum Tidal Wave Follows Great Shock Alt reports show that the present catastrophe embraces a larger area than tfye earthquake of 1905 The tidat ae which followed the earth shocks on the eastern coast of Sicily sank vessels and inundated the lower part of Catania It is known that a number of persons were killed at that place but the rushing waters carried everything before them and caused such an irulo scribabltf confusion that it will1 be impossible for mdiuc time to estimate the damage and the live lost lor a period the tpv11 of Mosina and the whole province Of Keggio were completed isolated through interruptions to the telegraph and telephone and by land - Iides that obxtructett the rait - road Ujsolutm nothing was heard from Keggio throughout the da while the fir - t new from Messina came in the form of a dispatch which a torpedo - boat living at full speed alon the - coast of the peninsula carried from point to point alwajs finding the wires down until it readied tticotcra where the telegraph tines were found tit be intact Prom this point the despatch was sent It bncfl stated that the situation was desperate and after summarising he catastrophe ended witlj the announcement that Captain Pasiino commander oi the local station for torpedo - boats was buried Under the debris after having with other officials performed heroic vork in trying to save others The Italian Government proceeded energetically to relieve the widespread distress concentrating at the points of greatest need trops andcngtnecrs Members of the Reef Cross were dispatched to various places and carrip with provisions were immediately prepared atl availably railway lino and war ships being uc4 for their transport t Thousands Perish in Messina The city of Mejsina has suffered probably more than any - other place the latest information coming directly front that quarter stating that two - thirds - of the town was destroyed and several thousand persona killed The steamers Washington and Mon - tebello which were in that harbor later proceeded to Catanial loaded with injured wh6 were so stupefied by terror that they seemed unable tfr realize what had happened simply saying that it looked as though the end Of the world had come Five steamers left Catania for Messina to assist in removing the injured from that place who are reported to number thousands Tidal Wave Sweeps Coast Towns t Catania the panic - stricken peopte fearing new shocks absolutely refused to enter their houses and are camping on the squares that are free from water arid the surrounding country The tidal wave sunk 500 boats theft and did great damage to ieveral large vessel and steamers including - the Austrian steamer Budatho - Not only did Catania suffer from theieffects of a tidal wave but a sirriilaHbotty of water inundated the handsome streets of Messina which flank the harbor covering them with a thick layer of mud which rendered more difficult the succoring of the wounded many of whpm could be seen lying under the Wreckage It is reported that the villages of Faro and Ganzfm adjoining Messina have di - appcared The effects of the earthquake were aggravated through an explosion of gas - The flames swept atong several streets adding terror upon terror f Calabrian Town Wiped Out Jn Calabria the region around Montelone was most affected The village of Slafauiconi the Inhabitants of which number 2000 was virtually destroyed Only five persons were kilted but many were injured Monsjghor AIorabio the Bishop of Mileto whv distinguished himself in the earthquake ot 1905 did valiant work again to - da He rushed into - places where8 the ruin was greatest and brought aid and encouragement to all Thousands of persons abandoned their Homes although a ter - rifio rainstorm prevailed and filled the air with lamentations and prayers Tn some places sucj as Pnzzo Cbtrone Santa Scterma and Pfscopio the people entered the churches almost while the latter were falling and carried out the saints They bore these in procession through the open country invoking the mercy of God In the mountainous regions inland the population ha taken refuge in grottoes arid caves where peasants and priests soldiers jind persons pf gentle birth are living in common They steep bn the groun4vand fure3 barn ta keep oft wild animatsf In - - sWot ttone aoooi persons are homeless v Extraordinary scenes are reported i Catania Following 1a ranting to rhelr not he beginning this tfun Is thus he nxt Into Han of the lit on said the Jsm Xot private tljli the OOO the as of Mri and of during of theN the with tls laid and of by joke toy calf hr who stay wh

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  1. San Francisco Chronicle,
  2. 29 Dec 1908, Tue,
  3. Page 1

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