Historical Earthquakes in Italy

  • Jan 3, 1117

    Verona earthquake

    Verona earthquake
    A powerful earthquake, rated at VII (Very Strong) on the Mercalli intensity scale, struck northern Italy and Germany on 3 January 1117. The epicentre of the first shock was near Verona, the city which suffered the most damage. The outer wall of the amphitheatre was partially felled, and the standing portion was damaged in a later earthquake of 1183.
  • Feb 4, 1169

    Sicily earthquake

    Sicily earthquake
    The 1169 Sicily earthquake occurred on 4 February, in the year 1169, at 07:00 on the eve of the feast of St. Agatha of Sicily (in southern Italy). It had an estimated magnitude of between 6.4 and 7.3 and an estimated maximum perceived intensity of X (Intense) on the Mercalli intensity scale
  • Nov 25, 1343

    Naples earthquake

     Naples earthquake
    The 1343 earthquake struck the Tyrrhenian Sea and Bay of Naples on November 25, 1343. Underground shocks were felt in Naples and caused significant damage and loss of lives. Of major note was a tsunami created by the earthquake which destroyed many ships in Naples and destroyed many ports along the Amalfi Coast including Amalfi itself.
  • Jan 25, 1348

    Friuli earthquakes

     Friuli earthquakes
    The earthquake of 25 January 1348, centered in the South Alpine region of Friuli, was felt across Europe. The quake hit in the same year that the Great Plague ravaged Italy. According to contemporary sources, it caused considerable damage to structures; churches and houses collapsed, villages were destroyed and foul odors emanated from the earth.
    It caused 10,000 casualities.
  • Nov 17, 1570

    Ferrara 1570 earthquake

    Ferrara 1570 earthquake
    The 1570 Ferrara earthquake struck the Italian city of Ferrara on November 16 and 17, 1570. After the initial shocks, an earthquake swarm continued for four years, with over 2,000 aftershocks concentrated from November 1570 to February 1571.
    The same area was struck, centuries later, by another major earthquake of comparable intensity.
    The disaster destroyed half of the city, permanently marked many of the buildings left standing.
  • Sicily 1693 earthquake

    Sicily 1693 earthquake
    The 1693 Sicily earthquake struck parts of southern Italy near Sicily, Calabria and Malta on January 11 at around 9 pm local time. This earthquake was preceded by a damaging foreshock on January 9. It had an estimated magnitude of 7.4 on the moment magnitude scale, the most powerful in Italian history,
  • Irpinia-Basilicata 1694 earthquake

    Irpinia-Basilicata 1694 earthquake
    The 1694 Irpinia–Basilicata earthquake occurred on 8 September. It caused widespread damage in the Basilicata and Apulia regions of what was then the Kingdom of Naples, resulting in more than 6,000 casualties. The earthquake occurred at 11:40 UTC and lasted between 30 and 60 seconds.
  • Appennine 1703 earthquakes

    Appennine 1703 earthquakes
    The 1703 Apennine earthquakes were a sequence of three earthquakes of magnitude ≥6 that occurred in the central Apennines of Italy, over a period of 19 days. The epicenters were near Norcia (14 January), Montereale (16 January) and L'Aquila (2 February), showing a southwards progression over about 36 km. These events involved all of the known active faults between Norcia and L'Aquila.
  • Calabrian 1783 earthquakes

    Calabrian 1783 earthquakes
    The 1783 Calabrian earthquakes were a sequence of five strong earthquakes that hit the region of Calabria in southern Italy (then part of the Kingdom of Naples), the first two of which produced significant tsunamis. The epicenters form a clear alignment extending nearly 100 km from the Straits of Messina to about 18 km SSW of Catanzaro. The epicenter of the first earthquake occurred in the plain of Palmi.
  • Molise 1805 earthquake

    Molise 1805 earthquake
    The 1805 Molise earthquake occurred on July 26 at 21:01 UTC. It has an estimated magnitude of 6.6 on the equivalent magnitude scale (Me) (calculated from seismic intensity data) and a maximum perceived intensity of X on the Mercalli intensity scale. The area of greatest damage was between the towns of Isernia and Campobasso, while the area of intense damage extended over about 2,000 square kilometres.
  • Basilicata 1857 earthquake

    Basilicata 1857 earthquake
    The 1857 Basilicata earthquake (also known as the Great Neapolitan earthquake) occurred on December 16, 1857 in the Basilicata region of Italy southeast of the city of Naples. The epicentre was in Montemurro, on the western border of the modern province of Potenza. Several towns were destroyed, and estimated fatalities were around 11,000–12,000, but unofficial sources report 19,000 deaths.
  • Alpago 1873 earthquake

    Alpago 1873 earthquake
    The 1873 Alpago earthquake occurred near the Italian city of Belluno on June 29 in the geologically active Alpago Valley of the Veneto region; the zone is rated as two on a four-degree risk scale (one being the highest). The 6.3 magnitude quake was rated as 10th degree on the Mercalli intensity scale. Damage was reported mostly in the provinces of Belluno,