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Powerful Earthquake In Italy

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Central and Southern Italy has been an active earthquake zone with large quakes reported back as far as the 17th century.

On January 13, 1915 at 8:00am a powerful earthquake hit the central and southern area of Italy. The town of Avezzano was almost entirely demolished from the shaking and only one high-rise building survived. In an instant, over 30,000 people were killed, 96 percent of its population. The shock lasted over 1 minute and houses made of rock that were not reinforced by mortar or even wood contributed to the carnage.

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