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EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY

12,000 REPORTED KILLED, 20 3 000 PEOPLE INJURED. 100 MILES OF COUNTRY AFFECTED. STORIES OF RUIH AND INJURY. Press Association—By Telegraph—Copyright. LONDON, January 14. (Received Jannary 15, at 8.50 a.m.) Reuter's Rome correspondent advises that the total estimated loss is 12,000 killed and 20,000 injured. Only 800 persons wore saved at Avezzano out of a population of B,COO. [Avezzano is a town of the Abruz/.i. in the province of Aquila. and is 67 miles east oi Borne.] ROME, January 14. There were 40 deaths at Aquila and several hundred were injured. Dead bodies and 150 injured have been tn.ken from the ruins at Isolo del Lin. Many houses collapsed at Sora. Twenty dead bodies were found at Hillalaco, and many victims are believed to be buried in the debris at the townships of Popoii and Pentium-. 1 lie inhabitants of Tivoli are camping in the open air. An official report states that the _earthquake was most disastrous in a district with a radius of 100 miles, whose centre is probably in the province of Potenza. Communication with Potenza is severed, and it is feared that a grave disaster has occurred there. BUILD EN" OS IN ROME DAMAGED. ST. PETER'S AND TtTE VATICAN SUFFER. ROME. January 14. The shock wn.s felt from Ancona to Naples at 8 o'clock, on Wednesday morning. Eiyhty buildings were damaged in Rome. The colonnade of St. Peter's suffered considerably, and 150 windows were shattered in tiie Basilica. The shockwas severely felt by the Vatican, and the Pope invited everybody to pray. The column of Marcus Aurelius was broken in various places, and the bas relief has been irreparably damaged. The effects in the provinces were severe, and reports of many deaths and wounded come from all parts. The shock la.sted for 70 seconds. At Naples one palace suffered severely. Avezzano is completely destroyed, as well as all the buildings in the surroundinj; country. The bulk of the 800 survivors are uninjured. Many villages aro in ruins. Relief has been sent. WIDESPREAD lIAVOC. ANOTHER SHOCK IN ROME. RUME, January 14. (Received January 15, at 8.50 a.m.) The buildings at Potenza, were seriously damaged, but there were few victims. The greatest havoc was in the villages in the district surrounding the extinct volcano of Monte Vulture. There was a. iidal wave near Naples. A second shock occurred at Rome at 3 on Thursday morning. The inhabitants spent the rest of the night in the open._ Oelano and Pescina were partially destroyed, and there are many dead nude:the ruins. Fifty-seven buildings were damaged in Rome, and Cicero's Tower at Arpinu collapsed. [Potenza is a fortified town on the, east declivity of the Apennines. It has many fine buildings. The population is about 20.C00. Pescina is a. cathedral town oi some 6,000 inhabitants 11 miles south-east, of Avezzano. Celano is a town. in. the province of Aquila, 28 miles south of the city of that name. The population is between six and seven thousand. Arpino is in the province of Ca.se.rta. It, was founded by tho Volsei, and erected into a. municipal town by tho Romans, who | wrested it from the Samnites. It- is famous as the birthplace of Marina and I Cicero. Population over 12.000.] THIS CENTURY'S FAMOUS EARTH- : QUAKES. i 1902.—Schemacha. and district- in Transcaucasia, 2,000 killed and injured, large numbers homeless: February 15-18. 1902.—5t.. Pierre, in the island of MartinI ique. suddenly destroyed, with 50.000 ' inhabitants, by eruption of the vol | runo Mont Pelee ; May 8. 1902.--The SoufTriere voica'no, in St. Vin j cent, about the same time became active. 2,000 perished. I 1902.-~Sh.oekK at Andiian, in Ferghana, i Turkestan, 10.000 deaths, 15X00 houses destroyed : December 16. 1905.—Northern India, causing great damage anil loss of life. Hill station at Dharmsala destroyed, 9 Europeans killed and 470 men* of tho Gurkhti battalions. About 19.000 native> j killed at Lahore. Amritzar. Dharmi sala, Palampur Talisil, Kangra. TahsiL 1 and Mussooree. much damage done j to buildings: -April, j 1905.—Calabria, Southern Italy, Septemj ber 8, many towns and villages do I stroyed; 500 people killed at l'ark- | holia, 2,000 killed and injured tit I Martirano, many killed at Piz/.o and I Monteleone. 100 tit Stafanaeiuo. An- | other severe earthquake at MonteI rosso ; town destroyed, nearly 5.C00 | killed and injured ; September 14. 1906. —San Francisco suffered a disa-strou.--shoek, making some 200,000 people I homeless, and causing a loss of life estimated at 4.000. The lire following the. catastrophe lasted two day*, an<i [ entailed' an enormous destitution oi property, the whole of the businesportiivi of the city being wiped out ; April 13. 1906. —Valparaiso, from the Andes to the sea, was the area affected by a. severe earthquake which caused a large hut unknown loss of life and the destruction of much property; August 17. 1907. —Kingston, Jamaica, was practically destroyed by a severe shock, whicii was followed by a. lire. It. is estimated that'l.ooo persons were killed and as many more injured. Sir J as. Fe.rgtiESOn. the eminent physician, was among those who perished. The trembling of the earth was more or less continuous for a week after the first great movement; January 14. 1907. —Calabria suffered a violent shock, involving the loss of 1,200 lives and great, dam ace to property; October 25. 1909.—.Messina and the shores of the strait were shaken by an earthquake, the most terrible in tiie history of Italy. Messina and Regina wt?re reduced to shapeless ruins, and from 50,000 to 100,000 people- are estimated to have lost their lives. British, Russian, French, and Merman warships helped to l'cscuo the survivors. There were several subsequent shocks ; December 28. 1912.—A violent earthquake was felt throughout the oast of Europe, more especially r,round the Dardanelles. The British Consulate and other buildings suffered, some at Gallipoli caught, fire, as did the oil wells in many places, arid much damage done in other towns; August 9. 1915. —South-eastern Europe, At Tirnova, the centre of the. disturbance, numbers of buildings were, destroyed, and over 100 dead wero taken from the. debris; June 14. 1914.—Volcanic outburst, accompanied by "increasingly horrible" earthquakes, was reported from the island of Sakurashiina, off the most southerly island of the Japanese group. Whole villages wero destroyed, and the death rail, though not possible to ascertain accurately, ranged from estimates of hundreds to thousands; January 10. 1914.—1n Italy, an earthquake described j as both undulatory and vertical. Its severest effects were felt between j Catania and. Jlarnjand northwards toj

Acirealo, although Linera, which was immediately over the centre of tho disturbance, was completely destroyed. The relative fewness of the victims was due to the majority of the inhabitants being in the fields at the time ; Mav 9.

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EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY, Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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EARTHQUAKE IN ITALY Issue 15701, 15 January 1915

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