Historic Earthquakes

Lisbon, Portugal
1755 November 01 10:16 UTC
Magnitude 8.7

Lisbon Earthquake
This earthquake occurred on All Saint's Day while many of the 250,000 inhabitants of Lisbon were in Church. Stone buildings swayed violently and then collapsed on the population. Many who sought safety on the river front were drowned by a large tsunami. Fire ravaged the city. One quarter of Lisbon's population perished. This earthquake had a profound effect on the intellectual outlook of Europe.