Messina earthquake image #1b: Figures can be seen sitting at a table in the structure in the middle of the photo (please see image below). The above image is 600 pixels across the restored digital image measures 3480 x 2492 pixels.
Detail of image #1b: Figures can be seen sitting at a table.
Messina image #1c: colourised version. This image is 600 pixels across the original is 3480 x 2492 pixels
These photos were taken by the camera of Arturo Tocchetti (1883 - 1968).
These images have been digitally restored from the originals.
THE MESSINA EARTHQUAKE OF 1908:
DATE: December 28th 1908
TIME: approx. 5.20 AM
MAGNITUDE: approx. 7.2 on the Richter scale.
DESTRUCTION: almost totally destroyed the city of Messina and caused severe damage in the region. Worst in Europe ever. Resulted in a major tsunami.
CASUALTIES: estimates vary but well over 100,000 and possibly up to 200,000 people died as a result of this earthquake.